Growing usage of mobile devices contributes to rise in DDoS attacks

DDoS (Distributed-Denial-of-Service) attacks rose by 32.43 percent in 2013, according to the “Top 10 DDoS attack trends for 2013” report published by Prolexic Technologies.

One of most worrying trends is that mobile devices and apps have begun to participate in DDoS campaigns. The report authors said that they had uncovered evidence of the use of mobile apps launching DDoS attacks against enterprise clients including one of the world’s largest financial services firm. One such app is AnDOSid, an Android operating system app, which was used to perform HTTP POST flood attacks.

Top 10 DDoS attack trends for 2013

Prolexic said it expected that the use of mobile applications in DDoS attacks would become more prevalent in the future as many of these opt-in apps can be downloaded from online app stores and no experience is required to use them.

The report authors concluded that they expected to witness an increase in the usage of mobile devices in malicious acts as these devices had the potential to infect many users.

“The growing usage of mobile devices contributes to the rising number of DDoS attacks,” said Yoav Crombie, business manager of AGAT Software Solutions, which developed MobilityShield.

“Attackers take advantage of users downloading malicious apps that contribute in the DDos attack. Moreover, while allowing mobile devices to connect to corporate, the network is exposed to DDoS attacks,” he added.

“For example, publishing Lync and SharePoint on the Internet exposes networks to DDoS and other brute force attacks which might make the corporate network unavailable and cause significant business damage,” Crombie continued. “Making the network available for mobile devices on the one hand and the risk of DDoS attacks on the other hand require organizations to seek DDoS attacks prevention solutions.”