Infected computers and mobile phones become unwitting components of a botnet as people browse the internet unaware of enabling any malicious activity. This cycle then creates a self-sustaining chain of criminal activity.
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Imperva came up with its figures by comparing traffic for the periods during and after The Force Awakens first hit cinemas in each country to those from the same time of day earlier in the month of December.
Traffic dropped in France by 8 per cent, Russian traffic dropped by 6.9 per cent, the UK's traffic fell by 8.7 per cent in Germany, traffic droppd by 11.7 per cent.
Igal Zeifman, the study’s author, compared the online traffic on the Incapsula network — which carries hundreds of thousands of websites globally — at the time of the screening with the average amount of traffic during the same time of day.
“Basically, what we had here was a case of good bots collectively not keeping up with growth of human and bad bot traffic,” Incapsula wrote.
Imperva, found a botnet of tens of thousands of hijacked Ubiquiti routers being used to launch massive ransom-based denial-of-service attacks.
“It is often difficult to tell from a single instance if the attack is "a professional, a script kiddie, or even just an angry student who rented DDoS services," said Tim Matthews, vice president of marketing at Imperva Incapsula.
Imperva Incapsula releases third-quarter DDoS report finding a quarter-to-quarter increase in DDoS attacks of 116 percent.