14 Nov, 2022

Understanding the Effects of Malicious Bots and How to Prevent Them

Malicious bots can infiltrate your website and cause severe damage. But how do you prevent them in the first place? Read on to find out.
Have you ever encountered a bot online? They make up a sizable portion of internet traffic. Whether through social media or some other channel, you'll surely run into plenty of bots daily, particularly if you have a website to operate a business.

Bots are programs that mimic human behavior. While they typically serve positive purposes like automating website testing or shopping, bots can also be malicious. Malicious bots can infiltrate your website and cause severe damage. Without understanding the best practices for protection or how to enable those best practices, you may find yourself at the mercy of one of these malicious bots.

This post will discuss how these bots work and what actions you can take for better website protection.
Bots Can Bring Good Purposes
Internet bots are automated programs that run online. These are programs that run automated tasks on your behalf. For example, if you wanted a video of a kitten falling asleep while drinking milk, you could use a bot to search YouTube videos and select the best one for you. This is an example of a good bot—a helpful tool that helps humans accomplish tasks they wouldn't be able to do alone.

But what if someone used an internet bot to access your website? If a hacker has access to all the files on your site, they could use them for malicious purposes. This can include spamming people to send messages about things they don't want to be sent. In other words: bad things happen when unwanted visitors enter through doors (or windows) uninvited - even if those doors are virtual ones on websites built by programmers who didn't think about security before creating them.

What are DDoS Bots?
A distributed denial of service attack, also known as a DDOS attack, is a type of cyber attack that can impair multiple devices on a single or multiple networks. It can be carried out by both helpful and malicious bots. Though, in the case of valuable bots, this is usually done unwittingly. The most common types of DDoS attackers are the following:

  • Bots usually serve good purposes, like search engine spiders and crawlers that index websites to make them easier for users to find.
  • Bots are also used for destructive purposes, like those that target websites with malware or spam downloads.
  • Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). This is a type of malicious botnet network that launches sophisticated attacks on organizations with the intent to steal data or sabotage operations.
The success or failure of malicious bots will depend on the strength of your cybersecurity posture. How well fortified is your site? Do you have the ability to prevent an attack? Can you respond to one? The more vulnerable your site, the less likely you'll have a favorable answer to this question.

Vulnerability Scan and Exploitation Bots
They are used to find weaknesses in websites, databases, and networks. Vulnerability scanning is good because it helps identify weaknesses in your systems that hackers can exploit. Software programs perform regular vulnerability scans to determine whether a site is currently infected.

On the other hand, hackers typically use exploitation bots for malicious purposes, such as spreading malware or stealing data. Malicious bots can detect a vulnerability in your website and exploit it to gain access, compromise the website, attack the website and steal from it.

How to Protect Your Website from Bots
You must protect your site with a web application firewall if you don't want your website compromised by malicious bots. A web application firewall (WAF) is a software product that blocks unauthorized access attempts to websites and secures information by allowing only legitimate requests.

One way to do this is by partnering with a comprehensive platform that scans for and detects the presence of bots using a WAF. This service analyzes incoming traffic on your website and determines whether or not the user is human or not (i.e., automated). If the bot detection service detects suspicious activity, it will send an alert will to take action against it as needed.

You'll want whatever tool you use to have proactive and reactive capabilities. You'll want to monitor your site regularly to prevent attacks but also be able to respond successfully if an attack occurs.

How Quttera ThreatSign! Malware Detection and Prevention Platform Can Help
Are you looking for a way to detect and block malicious bots? Quttera ThreatSign! malware detection and prevention platform is an effective solution.

This solution identifies malicious bots in real-time using machine learning technology. Once the bot has been identified as malicious, it can be blocked from accessing your website. Our WAF solution can detect and block bot attacks. Additionally, it can block HTTP requests containing exploitation code.

Our platform also contains user-side and server-side malware scanning. These periodic scans ensure no malware becomes injected into your site.
When using ThreatSign!, users don't have to worry about manually updating their site rules every time there's a new threat that needs protection. The service automatically updates its own rules whenever required. This way, Quttera users always stay protected from threats without having to take any extra steps themselves.

Quttera's ThreatSign! is a Vital Tool in the Fight Against Malicious Bots
The best way to protect your website from malicious bots is to avoid detection in the first place. When you use a security solution like Quttera ThreatSign!, it will automatically scan your website and detect any potential vulnerabilities.

Plus, if something does slip through the cracks, the platform can prevent hackers from exploiting those weaknesses by blocking their access with an automated response (like blocking IP addresses or even shutting down entire servers). You won't have any downtime due to hackers trying to take over your site. This means more time spent working on operating your business.

If you're looking to bolster your security posture, look no further than bot protection with ThreatSign. Join us to protect your website from malicious online bots and other security threats.