February 24, 2015

Attack of the Bots (quest for the data)!

Is this the signature of an advertising bot invasion? To find out, look over the following three graphs and then compare with this post on a traffiic surge involving Bitcoin and the Ukraine from Summer 2014.

1) traffic spike over a period of 36 hours.

2) traffic entering blog from a large number of short URLs (some belonging to advertising networks).

3) traffic going to no specific set of posts (traffic patterns are not much different that that of a typical week).

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