[ExI] Bots and AI are now half of internet traffic

Samantha sjatkins at protonmail.com
Fri May 10 01:34:38 UTC 2024

I am curious what all is counted as a "bot".  For instance if they are 
counting all computer-computer interaction I would expect the percentage 
to be that high or higher.  If they are limiting it to social media bots 
I find the number quite unlikely.   The article casts the bots as bad 
and mentions account takeover which sounds more like a botnet.    In 
short it is a bit of a hodgepodge designed to elicit more fear than 
insight as far as I can tell.

- samantha

On 5/3/24 03:52, BillK via extropy-chat wrote:
> Yes, The Bots Really Are Taking Over The Internet
> Emma Woollacott    Apr 16, 2024
> <https://www.forbes.com/sites/emmawoollacott/2024/04/16/yes-the-bots-really-are-taking-over-the-internet/>
> Quotes:
> Bots now account for nearly half of all internet traffic globally, 
> with so-called “bad bots” responsible for a third.
> The proportion of internet traffic generated by bots hit its highest 
> level last year, up 2% on the year before, according to the 2024 
> Imperva Bad Bot Report 
> <https://www.imperva.com/resources/resource-library/reports/2024-bad-bot-report/>. 
> Traffic from human users fell to just 50.4%.
> Bad bots have already taken over in Ireland, where they account for 
> 71% of traffic, and in Germany, where they account for 68%. Mexico, 
> meanwhile, sees 43% of traffic generated by malicious bots, with the 
> U.S. figure standing at 34%.
> Generative AI, as you'd expect, is making things worse, with the 
> volume of simple bots increasing to 40% in 2023, up from 33% in 2022.
> The proportion of advanced bad bots—those that closely mimic human 
> behavior and evade defenses—was highest in law and government at 78%, 
> followed by entertainment at 71% and financial services at 67%.
> ----------------------------------
> No wonder most of our population is feeling harassed and confused!
> BillK
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