The Problem of API Abuse
The number of devices connected to the internet has exploded in recent years as everyone becomes permanently attached to their phone or tablet. As the number of mobile users has increased, there has been movement away from websites towards mobile apps. Large companies can gain more information about users when they use their app, and can also provide a more fully featured experience by offering offline functionality or by making use of the phone’s camera, accelerometer or GPS. Users tend to prefer them as well because they offer a richer experience.
The Rise of DDoS
Suppose your mobile app relies on a back-end server that holds sensitive data or just data that you do not want to be manipulated or copied freely. You trust your own app to do everything right, but what about bots exploiting your API or if someone steals and subverts your app?
Anti-Bot Challenges in the Mobile World
Apps are a new and challenging arena for existing anti-bot techniques and attackers are starting to shift their focus from the mobile web channel to mobile apps to try and circumvent current protection mechanisms.
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