The Risk and Challenge of Bad Bot Traffic on Healthcare Sites, Apps

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

Around the world, healthcare entities are steadily making progress on vaccinating individuals against COVID-19. Many of these providers are relying on technology for vaccine appointment scheduling and even vaccination passports, which has spurred a massive rise in bad bot traffic.

In early March, Imperva data revealed a 372 percent spike in bad bot traffic against healthcare sites in recent months, while Check Point saw a significant rise in domains leveraging the word “vaccine” in the title. The surge in nefarious activity has followed the global pandemic response.

It comes as no surprise that hackers have been leveraging attacks against each step of healthcare’s response to COVID-19.

Fleming Shi, CTO of Barracuda, previously spoke with HealthITSecurity.com and noted...

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