You might have a point if the article said, “this is how many bots are in the game”. Instead, it says, “this is how many bots have been banned”, and therefore removed from the game, meaning they’re not there anymore.
You’re right that the game makes botting easy, though, but you’re also just repeating a point that’s been made since 2012, maybe even longer, idk, that’s just when I started playing and first noticed the good points being made about EVE being too bot friendly.
But when I look in local, it’s a bunch of blues that I know, and the occasional neutral/red that I’m probably going to blow up. I’ve never seen anyone botting in lowsec… or wh for that matter. Conclusion: make EVE all lowsec/wh.