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#1 Hum

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 18:34

If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.

A study by Incapsula suggests 61.5% of all website traffic is now generated by bots. The security firm said that was a 21% rise on last year's figure of 51%.

Some of these automated software tools are malicious - stealing data or posting ads for scams in comment sections.

But the firm said the biggest growth in traffic was for "good" bots.

These are tools used by search engines to crawl websites in order to index their content, by analytics companies to provide feedback about how a site is performing, and by others to carry out other specific tasks - such as helping the Internet Archive preserve content before it is deleted.

To generate its report, Incapsula said it observed 1.45 billion bot visits over a 90 day period.

The information was sourced from 20,000 sites operated by its clients.

 

However, it noted that there had been an 8% rise in the use of "other impersonator bots" - a classification including software that masquerades as being from a search engine or other legitimate agent in order to fool security measures.

 

It said these bots tended to be custom-made to carry out a specific activity, such as a DDoS attack - forcing a server to crash taking a website or service offline by flooding it with traffic - or to steal company secrets.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 03:47

 

If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.

 

I have been wondering about some of the posters here. Now I have my answer. :p



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 03:49

Damn, my secret has been revealed. :shiftyninja:



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 03:49

My bot steals a penny off of millions of sites. :shifty:



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 03:52

Damn, my secret has been revealed. :shiftyninja:

I half expected the poster below you to post that. :D



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 03:53

Yesterday i noticed in the "x users reading this topic" it had bing(11) which i assume is 11 bing bots, unless 11 is an id.



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 03:55

I half expected the poster below you to post that. :D

The one time I posted faster.........lol



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 08:35

Rubbish. Everyone knows that 95% of all internet traffic is porn!



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 08:51

Bots now 'account for 61% of web traffic'...and the customers are paying for it!

 

So that's why it's been getting so slow!



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:43

Rubbish. Everyone knows that 95% of all internet traffic is porn!

 

Porn bots then? :o



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 11:57

Rubbish. Everyone knows that 95% of all internet traffic is porn!

th?id=H.4808023833773892&pid=15.1&H=160&

 

I see nothing !



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 00:06

If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.

A study by Incapsula suggests 61.5% of all website traffic is now generated by bots.

 

Here's proof! :laugh:

 

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#13 Mr.XXIV

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 00:11

It's probably because of the targeted traffic services and whatnot that devs and schemers try to use to build up their sites through Alexa ranks and whatnot. They won't get money through AdSense, but they'll make money selling sites that are apparently "big".



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 00:15

If I would have a penny for every boot....



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 00:53

My bot steals a penny off of millions of sites. :shifty:

office space referance? When peter explains to Jen how the software works. Tell me im right :D





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