Hordes of cable modems, Web cams, printers can become DDoS launch platforms

Attackers are mounting distributed Denial-of-service attacks from home routers, wireless access points, cable modems, Web cams and printers by taking advantage of weaknesses in the protocol they use to announce themselves on networks, according to PLXsert.

The attacks, observed in the wild since July, have generated peak traffic of 54.35Gbps and 17.85 million packets per second, according to a threat advisory from Prolexic, which is a part of Akamai.

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Network World Tim Greene