Dobrymechanik.pl is the largest website with an active database of car repair shops and their customers’ opinions, covering whole Poland. The website enables users to select a proven car mechanic, book online the repair timeslot, and publish an opinion after completion of the services.
With such functionality scope and reach, it is essential that the website meet the users’ expectations and be effectively protected against cyberattacks.
The protection mechanisms working at the application level have a huge potential. According to the Incapsula BOT Traffic Report 2016, only 48.2 percent of the website traffic is generated by genuine users and the rest is generated by various network tools.
Only 22.9 percent of the traffic is generated by so-called good bots which scan the pages in order to get them indexed by popular searching engines, such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, or Safari. The remaining 28.9 percent is traffic attempting to cause specific damage, such as:
- paralyzing the service
- identity theft
- accessing sensitive data
- stealing the website content and other resources
- collecting e-mail addresses (to resell them to spammers)
- artificially pushing up the number of views and clicks, resulting in significant financial losses to the advertisers.