API Abuse

Prevent API Abuse and Attacks in real time with Radware Bot Manager

Secure and protect APIs that power critical web applications

API Attacks Can Lead to Extremely Damaging Consequences

The growing deployment of internal APIs and increased dependence on cloud-based APIs, along with the need for seamless mobile access, has enabled attackers with sophisticated bots to exploit API vulnerabilities, steal sensitive business data and user information (PII), and carry out several types of harmful automated attacks such as ATO, data theft, DDoS, scraping, and other attacks.

Radware Bot Manager employs dedicated models to protect critical APIs from malicious automated attacks that can harm organizations in multiple ways.

“We could see the results within a week of deploying Radware Bot Manager. Bots that abused our APIs for card verification checks declined significantly, eliminating unnecessary costs and enhancing our merchant reputation in the process.”

– Website administrator,
A leading US Media Group

How Radware Bot Manager Protect Against API Abuse

API Flow Control Protects
Machine-to-Machine & IoT Endpoints

Radware Bot Manager’s API Flow Control Module examines API access patterns and identifies legitimate API flows between endpoints in customer applications.

API Flow Control
API Client SDK

API Client SDK Protects Machine-to-Machine APIs

Bot Manager’s API Client SDK module collects various API-specific parameters such as machine architecture and CPU information to differentiate between genuine and malicious API calls.

Invocation Context Protects Web and Mobile APIs

Bot Manager analyzes API traffic flows to examine the invocation context and sequence of URLs traversed by a visitor, filters bad API calls, and prevents direct access to APIs without a previous web transaction or invocation from a mobile device.

Invocation Context
Authentication Flow

Authentication Flow Analysis Protects APIs From Account Takeover (ATO)

Radware’s Authentication Flow Analysis collects relevant data from authentication APIs, validates legitimate access to assets, and blocks attackers generating multiple unsuccessful API log-ins to protect authentication APIs against ATO attacks.

Integrity Checks

Radware Bot Manager carries out advanced integrity checks to identify bots, emulators, and attempts to reverse-engineer exposed APIs or mobile SDKs. Additional protection is provided through rate-limiting based on multiple parameters to prevent token cycling and token distribution.

Integrity Checks

How Radware Stopped ATO Attacks on an APAC Airline

See how this airline, one of the largest in APAC with hubs throughout the Pacific, was able to stop bot attacks from price scraping, hijacking inventory and increasing cost per search with help from Radware's Bot Manager and Cloud WAF Service.

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EMEA Postal Service Protects Apps and Network with Radware Cloud Security Services

Read this case study to learn how this nation-wide postal service leveraged Radware’s managed cloud security services – Bot Manager, Cloud WAF and Cloud DDoS – to stop bot attacks, API assaults and Layer 7 DDoS attacks

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Stop API Abuse and Attacks against your Organization

Web Scraping

Scrapers attack APIs with bots to perform vulnerability scanning and steal sensitive data from exposed APIs. Competitors and shady operators use in-house teams or professional web scrapers to gain a competitive advantage with systematic scraping campaigns carried out in various stages to evade detection by basic defense systems.

Account Takeover

Attackers try to directly access APIs or evade device profiling to carry out account takeover attacks. During a credential cracking attack, attackers attempt to identify valid credentials by trying different values for usernames and/or passwords. Credential stuffing attacks, on the other hand, enable attackers to attempt mass log-ins to verify breached or stolen credentials.

Denial of Inventory

Attackers can reverse-engineer APIs and then use sophisticated human-like bots to pose as genuine customers and add products into carts. These bots send requests to the API endpoint as if they were instances of the application being used by actual users. When many bots simultaneously add items into carts, repeating the process after every timeout has finished, real customers are prevented from making purchases, causing frustration and revenue.

Application DDoS

Through vulnerable APIs, bot networks can carry out DDoS attacks on web applications by targeting the application-layer (Layer 7) and associated servers or parts of the application software stack. Application DDoS attacks cause application slowdowns and service disruptions, leading to a poor user experience as the application is targeted by a DDoS attack.


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