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PLXsert: The Story So Far

After Akamai acquired Prolexic several months back, a lot of people asked what it would mean in terms of the research we shared. 

Since then, quite a few Prolexic Security Engineering and Response Team (PLXsert) threat advisories have been published and distributed via the Akamai Blog and Akamai.com's security section

PLXsert monitors malicious cyber threats globally and analyzes DDoS attacks using proprietary techniques and equipment. Through attack data forensics and post-attack analysis, PLXsert is able to build a detailed global view of DDoS attacks, which the team shares with customers and the public. By sharing timely DDoS intelligence and analysis, PLXsert helps organizations adopt best practices for DDoS defense, and make more informed, proactive decisions about specific DDoS threats.

What follows is a roundup of what we've released so far.

Threat Advisory: High-Risk Zeus Crimeware Kit
Akamai's PLXsert team has discovered new payloads from the Zeus crimeware kit in the wild, deeming it "high risk" in an advisory.

PLXsert Eyes Spike in SNMP Reflection DDoS Attacks
Akamai's Prolexic Security Engineering Response Team (PLXsert) has seen a significant resurgence in the use of Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) reflection attacks this past month.

Storm Stress Tester Crimeware Kit Targets Windows
The Akamai Prolexic Security Engineering & Response Team (PLXsert) has discovered a new tool attackers could use to target Microsoft Windows.

Highlights of Prolexic Q1 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report
Akamai recently released the Prolexic Q1 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report. What follows are some of the key points, including a 114-percent increase in the average peak bandwidth of attacks.