Chapter 2. Misconceptions of Automated Traffic
As we’ve already discussed, the amount of automated traffic is growing consistently and as it rises so too does the sophistication and complexity of the bot operators. Before discussing the activities of bot traffic in detail, it is worth addressing some of the common misconceptions that website owners may have about automated traffic.
Misconception: Bots Are Just Simple Automated Scripts
While this may have been accurate 15 years ago, the level of sophistication of bot traffic has been increasing massively as both the technology and platforms available to bot operators and the sophistication of defenses in place increases and, most importantly, the gains to be achieved increase.
Botnets are networks of compromised computers (usually infected by viruses or ...