Attack Bots: The Social Media Threat to 4G
NEW YORK — Mobile Network Security Strategies: New Threats, New Opportunities — Security panelists are expecting that an attack orchestrated by an Internet activist group via social media will soon take down a mobile operator’s 4G network, if it hasn’t happened already.
Dan Holden, director of the ASERT group at Arbor Networks Inc. , suggests that a “hacktivist” group like Anonymous could turn an operator’s network against itself by assembling a large enough group of users with Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices via social media to trigger a distributed denial-of-service attack that is botnet driven.
“If you’re a mobile provider and you say one thing that ticks off a group like Anonymous then they could go after you with your own bandwidth,” suggests Holden.
This is because the far speedier uploads available over LTE smartphones and tablets would make it much easier to flood the limited spectrum available to 4G wireless networks.
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