According to researchers, the popularity of mobile devices makes them an excellent target of hackers who use gadgets during the attacks.
The report of Prolexic Technologies Company shows that mobile applications have become increasingly used within the corporate sector to conduct DDoS-attacks since Q4 2013.
“A huge number of mobile devices and applications that are written specifically for them are used to conduct DDoS-attacks. This is a key moment nowadays – said Stuart Scholly, president of Prolexic. – Virus writers have received a powerful tool that requires minimal skills to operate. Considering the fact that mobile devices are very easy to be used in carrying out this type of attack, we expect intensification in activity by hackers in this segment in 2014.”
Prolexic recently have published the report with collected the data about hackish attacks on the company’s customers worldwide in 2013. The report shows that mobile devices were used in carrying out DDoS-attacks on major financial corporation.
For example, analysts have found that users of Android devices have been victims of super spyware AnDOSid, which is able to send a huge amount of HTTP POST-requests.
According to experts, the usage of mobile devices during the attacks complicates the research. “The fact that mobile networks use a huge amount of proxy servers, so you cannot use the hardware to lock IP-address of the source of attack, without affecting legitimate traffic – said Choli. – Moreover, the high popularity of mobile devices allows an attacker to actively carry out DDoS-attack. To understand the magnitude of the threat is enough to analyze statistics on the number of mobile devices in the world. ”
Prolexic has special network, the overwhelming DDoS attacks that bear a load of more than 500 Gbps. The availability of such bandwidth gives Prolexic DDoS a significant advantage over other providers.
Prolexic expert’s report can be found here.
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