• DDoS Attacks on Mobile Applications

    Mobile apps house personal and confidential information for users across that world and hackers understand this making them a target for DDoS attacks.

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  • We see more and more DDoS attacks that try to exploit the fact that users that have mobile devices using mobile applications or what the industry calls mobile apps. There are different types of mobile apps today in the industry. Many of them are mobile applications that are part of social networks like LinkedIn and different types of applications that allow you communicate in an environment and provide different types of information. This information includes also confidential information sometimes about your things that you are doing for example information about where you live, information about your branch bank and its position and other types of information that can actually create a situation that if someone were to listen to all of this communication, it can actually profile the user.

    When you can profile the user you can choose to use different types of DDoS attacks that have a higher probability to penetrate into this mobile device and to steal information from the user. Mobile apps in general are a threat to DDoS attacks. One of the reasons is because they allow for an attacker to profile the mobile user itself and by that it increases the probability of a DDoS attack on them in a successful manner. Another thing that should be noted about mobile applications is that many times they are not well secured. So if someone for example develops a mobile application stores it in some place and creates a situation that a user will want to download that, it can actually download an application that will expose you to new DDoS attacks or open new security holes on the mobile device. This can create a situation in which the attacker can control the mobile device, they can create a situation which the attacker can steal information by using the mobile app that was installed on the mobile device or the smart device and it can also create a situation in which the user itself, the mobile user can become a source of DDoS attacks.

    Now different types of new mobile applications in which what the industry calls “bots” which is a shortened for robots that allows the attacker to use the mobile resource in order to create DDoS attacks at the target and another third party. It can be another organization or another user. For example, you can create a situation in which you infect many mobile devices with mobile applications that have some kind of malware inside them that can coordinate well-organized DDoS attacks on specific sites. An attacker can control all the mobile devices and trigger DDoS attacks for a certain target and that put it down under denial of service condition.

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