The Atlantic

The Internet Is Mostly Bots

More than half of web traffic comes from automated programs—many of them malicious.

Source: Issei Kato / Reuters

Look around you, people of the internet. The bots. They’re everywhere.

Most website visitors aren’t humans, but are instead bots—or, programs built to do automated tasks. They are the worker bees of the internet, and also the henchmen. Some bots help refresh your Facebook feed or figure out how to rank Google search results; other bots impersonate humans and carry out devastating DDoS attacks.

Overall, bots—good and bad—are

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