More than 95% of all website attacks are carried out by malicious bots.
Malicious bots are used by bad actors to perform a number of attacks against organizations such as Content Scraping, Advertising Fraud, Credit Card Fraud, Comment SPAM and Application Layer DDoS attacks. These types of attacks are dangerous because they drain application resources such as dynamically generated web content, database resources, search index resources, ecommerce components, and API endpoints.
Compute resources that are deployed in next generation botnets (zombies) have fixed malware running on each bot, which can be updated by the command and control server from time to time. Zombies typically have headless browsers running in the background, so users that are compromised don’t realize that their computer is being used as part of a botnet.
Human or Bot? Friendly or Malicious?
In addition, Zenedge Bot Manager features advanced bot detection techniques including Human Interaction Challenge and Device Fingerprinting.
Human Interaction Challenge identifies normal usage patterns for each web application based on user/visitor behavior analysis, and provides customizable security postures for bots that deviate from the standard usage behavior, activity, or frequency. This allows for a significantly more thorough bot management strategy, effectively identifying and blocking more capable bots that manage to circumvent traditional bot detection mechanisms and prevention capabilities by mimicking real user browsers.
Device Fingerprinting generates a hashed signature of both virtual and real browsers based on 50+ attributes. These proprietary signatures are then leveraged for real-time correlation to identify and block malicious bots.
By deploying malicious bot countermeasures, Zenedge is able to reduce the impact of malicious bots, while also improving the performance and accessibility of your web applications.
A network of computers infected with malware can wreak havoc on your web applications.
A botnet is a network of computers infected with malicious software (aka malware) that allows them to be controlled by an attacker, or bot-herder, often without the owner's knowledge. Botnets are used to commit a variety of cybercrimes such as spam, scams, hacks and distributed denial of service attacks.
Computers called command and control (C&C) servers are responsible for commanding the infected computers, allowing the bot-herder to put the botnet to use. Bot-herders also often sell or rent out parts of their botnet to other attackers for their own use. The larger the botnet, the more cybercrime it can be used to commit.