Big uptick in bot traffic jeopardizes vaccine appointments

Healthcare IT News

Mike Miliard

As COVID-19 vaccine supplies continue to grow, many of the initial logistical hurdles to getting them into arms have been ironed out. But many challenges are still there – and some new ones are also emerging.

A new report from cybersecurity firm Imperva notes that many websites used to schedule those precious vaccine appointment slots are being bombarded with bad bots – and that's making it that much harder for people to sign up for shots.

Imperva Research Labs says it's seen a 372% increase in bad bot traffic on healthcare websites since this past September. And in recent weeks that traffic has only ramped up: In February, it was up 48.8%, the largest increase over the past year, according to the firm.

"In recent weeks, vaccine websites from...

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