An e-commerce customer had a cybersecurity problem on hand - every major sale they held on their website was taken over by bots that would buy all the sale items, depriving legitimate customers the opportunity to buy these goods (carrying heavy losses for the retailer). The company believed these to be DDoS bot attacks and they wanted a solution. But were these really DDoS bots? The customer was partially right as bots are used in DDoS attacks - they are the mechanisms for facilitating DDoS attacks on computer networks or applications. To that extent, they were right in their assumption that there were bots involved.
Another challenge that bad bots create for businesses is by using a technique called price scraping. Bots are released on websites to search, find, and copy pricing information. Competitors can use this information to undercut their own prices. Bad bots when used for price scraping, can upset the overall security, and brand reputation.
Bots are used for content scraping where they steal content to harvest confidential data such as the personal and financial data of customers.
Bots are also used to interact with log-in forms to access sites that require usernames and passwords. This form of attack is often referred to as `credential stuffing’.
To summarize, bad bots have the power to disrupt businesses by affecting performance and revenue. They have the power to undermine businesses amongst competitors, tarnish the brand image, and finally customer trust.
What Are DDoS Bots
A DDoS ("Distributed Denial of Service") attack has a more distributed attackers base, i.e. from many source IPs and generally multiple geo-locations. It can be hundreds or even thousands of source IPs from where the attack originates from.
This gives the attacker the advantage of making it more difficult for the targeted victim to mitigate the attack. An example of a DDoS attack from a botnet is the 2016 Dyn attack which was carried out using the Mirai botnet. Organizations such as Twitter, Spotify, GitHub, and Reddit went down. As per Dyn, millions of IP addresses attacked their networking at the same time.
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