"The Researchers have reported that the attack was launched from a botnet make up of computers infected with the Nitol malware.”
Imperva Incapsula reports that human produced traffic is barely in the majority at 51.5% of all Internet traffic.
"There does not appear to be a trend in attacks against all online florists, but rather targeted attacks,” Ofer Gayer, a senior security researcher and Tim Matthew, VP of marketing write."
More than nine in 10 of the florist sites witnessed a sudden surge in bot traffic between February 5 and February 11.
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.
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.