‘Bad Bot’ attacks threaten holiday shopping season, gaming console sales

Online threats to consumers will rise this month as shopping picks up, a new report says. 

 Security threats from “bad bots” will likely spike in November as consumers flock to online shopping events, notably Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a new report from cybersecurity firm Imperva says. 

A quarter of online retail traffic is bad bots and over half (57%) of all attacks recorded on retail websites were carried out by bots in 2021, according to Imperva’s “State of Security Within eCommerce 2021” report. 

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A person dressed as an internet hacker is seen with binary code displayed on a laptop screen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland in August. Recently, attacks from bad bots have threatened holiday shopping. (Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Bad bots are responsible for a variety

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