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Submission + - 51% Of Internet Traffic Is 'Non-Human' ( 1

hypnosec writes: Web traffic — the actions of real people, or by other computers? A recent study explains. Cloud-based service, Incapsula, has revealed research indicating that 51 per cent of website traffic is through automated software programs; with many programmed for the intent of malicious activity. The breakdown of an average site’s traffic is as follows: 5% is due to hacking tools looking for an unpatched or new vulnerability within a site, 5% is scrapers, 2% from automated comment spammers, 19% the result of “spies” collating competitive intelligence, 20% derived from search engines (non-human traffic but benign), 49% from people browsing the Internet.
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51% Of Internet Traffic Is 'Non-Human'

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  • There is some interesting data here, and bots and malicious spiders are certainly consuming the web big time, but this study is likely skewed. The survey was done across Incapsula's customer base---which tell me that people who have signed up for their service may have a higher likeliness to be attacked or be the target of hackers. It's people who have paid attention to their site and have likely had more to deal with and are making the extra effort to add a layer of security. So that tells me that quite po

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