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What other impersonators are there besides search engines, scrapers, hacking tools, and spammers?

Other segments in the bot study: Five percent are scrapers, 4.5 percent hacking tools, 0.5 percent other spammers, and then there’s “other impersonators,” representing 20.5 percent. Scrapers are also bad guys, conducting content theft, reverse engineering of pricing and email address captures for spamming. Impersonators include distributed denial of service attacks and marketing intelligence gathering.

Fortunately, spam bots have decreased slightly, which Incapsula attributes to Google’s campaign against link and comment spamming.

==> But watch out for the impersonators, a fast-growing part of this menagerie that is pretending to be search engine minions or other agents in order to sneak past site defenses. <==

Fortunately spam bots have decreased slightly. :)

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