According to Distil Networks' latest bot report, "Bad Bot Report 2019: The Bot Arms Race Continues" in 2018 one in five website requests -- 20.4 percent -- of traffic was generated by bad bots.
The financial sector is the main target for such activity, followed by ticketing, the education sector, government websites, and gambling.
A total of 73.6 percent of bad bots are classified as Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs), which are able to cycle through random IP addresses, switch their digital identities, and mimic human behavior.
Amazon is the leading ISP for bad bot traffic origins. In total, 18 percent of bad bot traffic came from the firm's services, a jump from 10.62 percent in 2017. Almost 50 percent of bad bots use Google Chrome as their user agent and 73.6 percent of bad bot traffic was recorded as originating from data centers, down from 82.7 percent in 2017.
The United States outstrips all other countries as a generator of bad bots. In total, 53.4 percent of bad bot traffic came from the US, followed by the Netherlands and China. The most blocked country by IP is Russia, together with Ukraine and India.