Research Finds Mobile Apps Used in DDoS Attacks

Prolexic Technologies, a firm specializing in the protection against Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attacks, announced in their quarterly report, that “downloadable mobile apps” have been used in attacks against enterprise businesses, according to a recent article published by The Web Host Industry Review website. The article indicates that “digital forensics and attack signature analysis” performed by the firm’s security engineering and response team, PLXsert, reportedly found that “mobile devices participated in a DDoS attack campaign against a client in the global financial services sector.

Stuart Scholly, President of Prolexic Technologies, was quoted in the article to say, “Mobile devices add another layer of complexity.” Scholly continued in the article to say that the “huge number of mobile devices in existence as well as the ease of downloading malware make mobile DDoS  – a game changer.” He was quoted further in the article to say, “Because mobile networks use super proxies, you cannot simply use a hardware appliance to block source IP addresses as it will also block legitimate traffic. Effective DDoS mitigation requires an additional level of fingerprinting and human expertise so specific blocking signatures can be developed on-the-fly and applied in real-time.

Scholly was also quoted in the article to say, “Looking back over 2013, a number of significant DDoS trends were observed. These include the emergence of Layer 7 toolkits, the rise in DDoS-for-hire services, the resurrection of amplified Distributed Reflection Denial of Service (DrDoS) attacks as a common and powerful attack vector, as well as the steady rise in the number of DDoS attacks originating from Asian countries.

Read more about this recent discovery and find out more details what the Prolexic team found in their research in the full article at The Web Host Industry Review website.

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