Mobile operators are under tremendous business pressure today, facing declining revenue per subscriber as their operating and capital outlays continue to multiply. The last thing a mobile needs is a DDoS attack. However, cyber-attacks are increasing dramatically, and mobile networks are key targets for hackers bent on disrupting service.
The October 2016 Dyn DNS cyber-attack, for example, that caused extended outages for dozens of major Internet sites and services, is believed to have been orchestrated using countless of IoT devices (including devices like routers, webcams and DVRs) infected with botnets.
Mobile Devices are the New Trojan Horses
The Dyn attack is only one example. Mobile devices – and especially IoT devices – serve as an ideal entry point for malware, botnets and other network security risks. In fact, according to McAfee 2016 report, the total mobile malware is constantly on the rise.