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'Non-Humans' Account for 51% of All Internet Traffic

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By one study's measure, slightly more than half of all the Internet's traffic comes from computers not being used by fleshy humans that might actually purchase products.

That's according to study released today by Incapsula, an Interent security firm, begging the question: What exactly does Internet traffic from a 'non-human' look like? Incapsula is here to explain: 'hackers, spambots, scrapers and spies of sorts collecting proprietary business information and customer data from unsuspecting websites.' 'Hackers' (5 percent) refers to hacking software that visits site to swipe credit-card information or crash sites (think of the ubiquitous DDoS attacks). 'Scrapers' (another 5 percent) refer to bots that copy content from other sites and post it on their own, to get search-engine traffic. Altogether, the robotic ne'er-do-wells cited above constitutes 31 percent of all web traffic.
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