The Difference Between DDoS Bots and Other Bad Bots

The_difference_between_ddos_bots_and_other_bad_botsAn 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.

Ever since bots became a household name, they are used to describe most automated tasks. Their growth in popularity can be attributed to the digital world, where consumers demand personalized and immersive experiences 24/7. This need has paved the way for assistance in the form of bots that help humans by taking over repetitive tasks.

While good bots are taking on several important roles to maximize customer satisfaction such as chatbots, social bots, shop bots, and so forth, there is a growing threat to cybersecurity from bad bots.

Check Out Most Common DDoS AttacksWhat Are Bad Bots

Bad bots mimic human workflows across web applications to `behave’ like human users. Bad bots are literally taking over the cyber world and today account for nearly one-quarter of all internet traffic They are used by cybercriminals to cause various hacking and fraud challenges for companies. For example, hackers steal web content using bad bots that crawl and copy the entire site. They use this stolen content to create fake sites, making them appear as legitimate sites to trick and cheat visitors.

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  

DDoS Bots are different. They are launched to cause downtime by sending internet traffic to a network in large numbers, eventually causing the site to crash. Their agenda is to cause downtime only - they don’t interact with the system in a complex fashion, don’t change anything, and don’t steal anything (i.e., information), they ONLY cause downtime!

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. 

A DDoS attack of less than one gigabit per second can knock off most organizations, however, recently there have been peak attacks in excess of even one terabit per second. The impact of DDoS attacks on organizations can be devastating with the average cost of downtime for an enterprise reaching up to $2 million.

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