Investigation of amplification-based DDoS attacks on IoT devices

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Sandro Oliveira
Cláudio Linhares
Bruno Travençolo
Rodrigo Miani


The purpose of this work is to evaluate the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in conducting Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS). To this end, we propose a simulated WSN (wireless sensor networks) environment based on nodes running the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP). Our idea is to extend the results obtained from previous work by evaluating the impact of the DDoS attack according to the following parameters: packet length, number of packets, and the traffic injection rate. Due to the low storage capacity, processing, and performance of the nodes, the whole network had its resources quickly drained during DDoS attack simulations. Our findings suggest that increasing the packet length can have a higher impact on network performance compared to the number of packets or the injection rate.

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Oliveira, S., Linhares, C., Travençolo, B., & Miani, R. (2020). Investigation of amplification-based DDoS attacks on IoT devices. INFOCOMP Journal of Computer Science, 19(1). Retrieved from