Mobile Devices Attacking Enterprises?

Data collected in the final quarter of 2013 by the firm Prolexic finds that applications on mobile devices within enterprises are playing a larger role in Distributed Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.

"Malicious actors now carry a powerful attack tool in the palm of their hands, which requires minimal skill to use," said Stuart Scholly, president of Prolexic, in a statement.

The finding is part of the larger 2013 Global DDoS Attack Report.

"Mobile devices add another layer of complexity," explained Scholly. "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."

Prolexic believes commonly used DDoS attack applications like Low Orbit Ion Canon (LOIC) will be ported to mobile platforms in 2014. "Traditionally, some type of infection or malware was required,” said Scholly. “With mobile apps, malicious actors can choose to proactively participate in orchestrated DDoS attack campaigns. When you consider how many mobiles device users there are in the world, this presents a significant DDoS threat."

On December 02, 2013 Akamai announced plans to acquire Prolexic.