DDoS attacks on Android - mobile security_blogHave you heard of the distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack)? Either way, you need to keep reading – it’s important you are educated on this threat targeting both PCs and mobile devices!

Because of their complexity and the fact that these DDoS attacks require more than one cybercriminal to carry them out, they are typically targeted at high-profile web servers, such as bank servers. The goal of the attack itself is to make the machine or network unavailable to its users, and this is accomplished by overloading the server with requests and traffic, thus causing the site to become painfully slow or unavailable.

One of the most recent DDoS attacks targeted Android users, leveraging the Google Play icon.

Here’s how it works:

An Android Trojan sneaks into your mobile device and installs a fake Google Play icon on your phone. Upon opening it, the original and legit application will be launched and you will appear to be operating within the legitimate app. But soon enough, you will begin to notice the performance of your Android isn’t as impressive as it once was. the battery is old, you’ll think, but no, you’re under a DDoS attack. Now that the cybercriminals are in your phone, they may also sign you up for premium numbers such as horoscope text messages, which can cost a pretty penny and it’s hard to identify where the costs are coming from, unless you really study your phone bill.

Attacks on your mobile security are hard to avoid, but you can help protect yourself by only downloading apps from reputable sites (never third party!). If you own an Android phone, even if you download apps from Google Play only, make sure you get a mobile security app that runs on Android, like BullGuard Mobile Security, to protect you from unwanted malware that can sneak onto Google Play and later on to your phone. Recent research shows that Google’s App Verification Service in the latest Android version, Jelly Bean, detects just 15.32% of known malware, so get strong mobile antivirus protection.

Another security measure to take is to stay educated on what’s out there.

So, what are you waiting for? Subscribe to the BullGuard blog today and get the latest news and tips on your mobile security.

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy (200 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


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