Spotlight: Cybersecurity attacks increasingly make use of opt-in mobile DDoS apps
Ready availability, ease of use, expected to fuel future DDoS attack campaigns
Notable DDoS trends from October – December 2013 include the following:
- Cybersecurity experts observed the growing threat of mobile distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack apps, which allow users to opt-in to DDoS attack campaigns.
- Technological advances, ease of use and the exponential increase in the use of mobile devices have combined to pose an increasing threat.
- Super proxies used by mobile networks make it more difficult to filter bad traffic from legitimate traffic, complicating DDoS mitigation efforts.
- Q4 2013 once again set a new record in DDoS activity. Compared to Q4 2012, total attack volume increased 26 percent. A week-by-week comparison to Q4 2012 shows increases in attack volume across eight of the 12 weeks of the quarter.