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DDoS Attacks Could Affect Next-Generation 911 Call Systems

Distributed denial of service attacks take place all over the world.

Researchers in Israel say next-generation 911 infrastructures are vulnerable to distributed denial of service attacks, just as today's E911 systems are.

Credit: Help Net Security

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel have found that next-generation 911 systems that accommodate text, images, and video continue to be vulnerable to many of the same cyberattacks that previous systems were.

The team evaluated the impact of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on the current (E911) and next-generation 911 (NG911) infrastructures in North Carolina, and found that just 6,000 bots were sufficient to significantly compromise the availability of a state's 911 services (and just 200,000 bots could jeopardize the entire U.S.).

Said BGU's Mordechai Guri, “We believe that this research will assist the respective organizations, lawmakers, and security professionals in understanding the scope of this issue and aid in the prevention of possible future attacks on the 911 emergency services."

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