Increasing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on computer networks are gaining the attention of researchers. A group of Boston University (BU) researchers published a report this week that examines the risk that unauthenticated Network Time Protocol (NTP) networks face due to software implementation flaws. “Attacking the Network Time Protocol” by Aanchal Malhotra, Isaac E. Cohen, Erik Brakke and Sharon Goldberg of BU notes that NTP, one of the oldest Internet protocols, is prone to DDoS attacks.
Malhotra, a Ph.D. candidate, discovered security vulnerabilities in a network time protocol that were used to synchronize computer clocks, according to ThreatPost. These [...]