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A botnet comprising Infected Cell-Phones Triggers DDoS

During any DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) assault, the attackers try to disable an Internet service via sending massive volumes of traffic, which various sources generate, to the extent that the service is overwhelmed. The attackers aim at various vital websites such as news and bank websites while making it really hard for the visitors to access and publish the critical data in them.

According to John McAfee cyber security specialist, a compromised network of bots called botnet likely started off one continuous and huge distributed denial of service assault that certain undetected application helped trigger from more than a million smart-phones.

John McAfee explains the latest DDoS assault executed during 30th November to 1st December which attacked thirteen servers likely was started from a botnet unknowingly through over a million cell-phones. Lifars.com reported this dated December 13, 2015.

Albeit many thousands subsidiary servers globally could be regarded as tentative substitutes, most of these act as repository systems which can allow data to be stored on them for certain specified time-period. When the DDoS blast was at its maximum, more than 5m queries/second flooded the servers. In all, over the 2-day period, more than 50bn queries were shot at the servers.

IBTimes reports that many cyber security specialists, of whom Eddie Mize, organizer of DEFCON and Chris Roberts, a hacker besides John McAfee are included, observe that the most plausible factor responsible for the DDoS assault is the smart-phones with the attack initiated from a botnet. The specialists highlight a most uncomplicated app in the devices - the flashlight application, which maybe unwittingly contaminated with malicious software.

John McAfee while highlighting how a very strong botnet as in the current case an army of contaminated cell-phones can potentially make a significant impact, explains that for 100m people using an app, it required to activate just 0.1% of the cell-phones for getting the impact as it had occurred. He further observes that no defenses would really be there to overcome such a massive scaled threat, while an increasing number of phones would actually mean an even greater number of adverse consequences.

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