Cybersecurity Attacks Launched From Operating Systems & Apps On The Rise

According to a new report from Secureworks, endpoint attack vectors that include email, popular operating systems, and apps are on the rise.

In response to attacks by way of Android apps, Google has removed thousands of nefarious apps that had the capability to launch malware enabling developers to launch a wide array of attacks including Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, Man-in-the-Middle (MitM), and Ransomware attacks.

Cybersecurity Attacks Launched From Operating Systems & Apps On The Rise – Purism

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You can enable ddos protection on the cloudfair


Good afternoon.

Yes, there have been numerous reports that Google/Android app developers have used apps to launch distributed of denial of service (DDoS) attacks on networks.

Here is a link to a report where Google removed over 300 apps from Google Play capable of launching such attacks on networks, including critical infrastructure: Google Removes 300 Apps Used to Launch DDoS Attacks From Play Store (

I hope this helps- Rex

Why is the original post now hidden? Looks pretty uncontroversial to me‽


Cloudflare’s ddos protection is not magic and does not address all ddos scenarios. Also it would be better to prevent zombie bots from existing to begin with than rely on defeating the attacks using them.


And it isn’t necessarily reasonable to expect everyone to use Cloudflare (or similar) just because of DDoS.

For example, if I have to use Cloudflare (or similar), can I send the bill to the owners of the devices who are DDoSing me? (whether the owners are aware of it or not)