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TMCNet:  Solve Media Reports Bot Traffic Spikes During Q4 2012 Holiday Shopping Season

[February 13, 2013]

Solve Media Reports Bot Traffic Spikes During Q4 2012 Holiday Shopping Season

Feb 13, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Solve Media issued its latest Bot Traffic Market Advisory update, revealing an alarming increase in bot traffic during the fourth quarter of 2012, peaking during the busy holiday shopping season.

According to a release, the company attributes the spike to a marked increase in online activity and advertising expenditures during Q4 2012. Solve Media identified that suspicious activity increased from 26 percent in Q3 to highs of 40 percent in Q4 of 2012. During the same timeframe, the company identified that 25 percent of the suspicious activity in Q4 was the result of bot traffic, up from only 10 percent in Q3.

Solve Media runs advertisers' campaigns on its network, consisting of more than 6,000 publishers, and uses its proprietary TYPE-IN technology to prevent bot traffic, improve user experience, and ensure campaign performance. Solve Media's anti-bot CAPTCHA security platform specifically addresses bot traffic affecting publishers, ad agencies and advertisers by authenticating that audiences are, in fact, human. The company has been monitoring and deterring bot traffic for more than 3 years.

Bots crowd web traffic and cause advertisers to pay for impressions that are not being seen by human beings. Bots can undermine the security of the web and cause harm by stealing publisher content, creating spam assets and posting inappropriate content.

"Solve Media is bridging the gap between the security and advertising communities, " said Chris Wysopal, CTO of Veracode and a member of Solve Media's Security Advisory Council. "Advertising to non-humans is simply ineffective and publishers who have taken a proactive stance against bot traffic are to be commended." In order to better differentiate between levels of suspicious activity and useful bots from nefarious bots, Solve Media categorized bots by their interests: -Level 1: Green - Bots used for research.

-Level 2: Yellow - Unsophisticated, brute force bots. Mostly used by spammers.

-Level 3: Orange - Sophisticated fraud bots working to register fraudulent accounts, impact polls, and steal ad budgets.

-Level 4: Red - Bots seeking to cause harm, spread viruses, and steal identities.

"Through our proven security solutions, we are working to eradicate the bot scourge that is impacting all digital publishers and advertisers," said Ari Jacoby, CEO, Solve Media. "In Q4 we found that bots cost marketers at least $1 billion in display advertising and more than $2 billion in digital advertising investments - a considerable loss that impairs return on investment calculations. With Solve Media, brands are guaranteed memorable engagements with consumers and brand lift, on a performance-basis." Solve Media was founded by veteran entrepreneurs and technologists focused on Internet advertising and security solutions.

More information: SolveMedia.com ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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