New DDoS Reflection Technique – Hype Or Serious Threat?

Following the new that DDoS reflection technique in the wild that uses CLDAP to perform attacks. Stephen Gates, Chief Research Intelligence Analyst at NSFOCUS commented below.

Stephen Gates, Chief Research Intelligence Analyst at NSFOCUS:

StephenGates_Professional “In the quest to find new means of launching DDoS attacks, hackers have once again found open devices on the Internet running weak protocols that can be exploited for their personal gain.  However, like any other reflective DDoS attack campaign, the number of available reflectors is of critical importance.  In addition, the amplification factor those reflectors afford is the second stipulation.

“In this case, the number of open devices on the Internet running CLDAP is relatively small, in comparison to open DNS and NTP reflectors; yet the amplification factor is respectable (~70x).  Surely, this attack technique is new, but it is not the worse seen so far.  This vector will likely be used in combination with other reflective attack techniques, and rarely used on its own.   Until the world’s service providers fully implement BCP-38, similar discoveries and resulting campaigns will continue to plague us all.”

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