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Kate Jenkins

Kate Jenkins

August 31, 2015 9:38 AM

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Wrap-Up

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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 31, 2015 6:01 AM

Teens Busted for Exploiting Lizard Squad Attack Tool

In January, we told you about Lizard Squad, an attack group that ruined Christmas for a lot of Sony Playstation and Xbox users by launching DDoSes against those gaming networks. The authorities have been chasing them down since then, and this month six teens were arrested for using Lizard Squad's signature Lizard Stresser DDoS attack tool.

Akamai

Akamai

August 31, 2015 1:51 AM

Accuracy

There can sometimes be a fine line between suspicion and guilt. Determining malicious or "good" activity can be a challenging task in today's cyber world full of hidden and dark secrets. A system based on accuracy and thorough analysis of all evidence will lead to the true malicious actor. Consider a popular way to illegally extract money from someone's bank account for example. The malicious actor has created a

Akamai

Akamai

August 28, 2015 11:30 AM

Akamai Edge 2015 Healthcare Forum: Why You Should A ...

There are a lot of excellent reasons to come to our new Healthcare Forum at Edge in October.  Watch our video to learn more. Learn more about Edge and register here.Ginny Carpenter is the manager of industry marketing for healthcare at Akamai.

Akamai

Akamai

August 28, 2015 1:03 AM

OTT at your doorstep: Are you ready?

Consider this - the number of months needed to reach 1 million users in India since launch[1] : Facebook - 10 months Twitter - 12 months Instagram - 2.5 months HotStar - .2 months (6 days !!!) So what is HotStar? HotStar is one of the recent OTT video applications launched by Star India, launched to coincide with the start of the cricket world cup. Star is one of

Raphael Edwards

Raphael Edwards

August 27, 2015 3:45 PM

Delivering High Performing Images on the Akamai Edge ...

In part 1 of the deep dive we learned about the best practices involved in choosing an appropriate image format in preparation for web delivery. In part 2 we will discuss different configurations to leverage Akamai's Adaptive Image Compression (AIC). As many web developers and content designers know, compression is as much an art as it is a science. Knowing when to apply compression and how much compression to

Jonathan Zarkower

Jonathan Zarkower

August 27, 2015 11:37 AM

Akamai Assists ISPs in Providing a Family-Friendly I ...

Family and Internet safety advocates have lobbied long and hard to government regulators and Internet service and content providers for stronger measures and controls over the types of content viewable by children when online. And based on recent reports, some ISPs have responded in a favorable way, by implementing services that place automatic blocks on "high risk" websites including those that feature nudity or sexual content or are related

Akamai

Akamai

August 26, 2015 3:02 PM

Financial Services Forum Expecting Greater Turnout a ...

As the new Industry Marketing Manager for Financial Services at Akamai, I am thrilled to be attending my very first Edge Customer Conference! The Edge conference will provide a great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, nurture existing relationships, and build new ones.

Akamai

Akamai

August 26, 2015 10:31 AM

Is your eCommerce site about to fall victim to extor ...

Picture this - you arrive to your office early in the morning to finalize your back to school promotions so you can move on to your holiday marketing plans. As you are busily trying to answer emails, you came across an ominous message explaining to you that if you don't pay 40 Bitcoins, a group you've never heard of would knock your site offline in 24 hours with a

Akamai

Akamai

August 25, 2015 3:00 PM

Summertime and the Living is Not So Easy - Holiday R ...

It's summertime! While most people are relaxing at the beach or enjoying a BBQ, here at Akamai we've already shifted sights towards the winter to provide relief for retailers by ensuring they have fast, reliable and secure e-commerce sites in time for the holidays. The holiday season, after all, is just around the corner. Here are four key ways we are helping retailers convert more shoppers into buyers while

Raphael Edwards

Raphael Edwards

August 25, 2015 10:43 AM

Delivering High Performing Images on the Akamai Edge ...

Deep Dive - Part 1: Image Formats In our previous entry, we got a glimpse into the capabilities of the Akamai Adaptive Image Compression (AIC) product, and how it can help in making the fastest sites on the Internet even faster. But how does fast delivery of images actually happen? In this two part deep dive, we will address: Initial decision points content developers need to keep in mind

Stephen Ludin

Stephen Ludin

August 24, 2015 10:31 AM

Is HTTP/2 worth the performance price of TLS?

HTTP/2 (h2) is incredibly exciting: The first major rev to HTTP in 15 years, focused on modern web development, performance minded, etc., etc.  But one thing that has people looking at it with trepidation is that to use it you effectively need to move your site over to TLS (i.e. HTTPS).  Though not a requirements in the protocol, no major browser has plans to put h2 in the clear.  Whether

Akamai

Akamai

August 21, 2015 12:35 PM

Mobile Web Performance: 23 stats you should know abo ...

I love a good roundup of stats, and the webcast I did yesterday -- a "state of the union" for mobile web performance optimization, which you can watch here -- offered up some good roundup fodder on everything from user expectations to common performance issues.

Akamai

Akamai

August 21, 2015 12:20 PM

How Can You Trust a Website?

During an early summer morning on August 1982, in the brightly lit hallway of a non-descript academic building on the campus of University of California Berkeley, two scientists who were working on what the world will later know as the Internet, had a brief but very important conversation:"How can we trust ARPANET?""Because you can trust your colleagues."

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 20, 2015 4:23 PM

Media Coverage of the Q2 2015 SOTI Security Report

It's only been a couple days since we released the Q2 2015 State of the Internet Security Report, but it has already generated a fair amount of media coverage. The following articles are what we've seen so far.Attackers are using insecure routers and other home devices for DDoS attacks (Computerworld)A report released Tuesday by cloud services provider Akamai Technologies shows that the number of DDoS attacks is on the rise.

Jonathan Zarkower

Jonathan Zarkower

August 20, 2015 10:35 AM

End-User Mapping Brings Users Closer to Internet Nir ...

It goes without saying that people enjoy using the Internet more when response times are fastest. But most of us are not as concerned about why websites respond more quickly, as long as they do. There are many factors that contribute to faster (and more satisfying) web experiences. Certainly, faster broadband connectivity and well-designed web sites play a role. And websites that leverage content delivery networks (CDNs), which distribute

Akamai

Akamai

August 20, 2015 10:08 AM

Happy 17th Anniversary Akamai!

On this date in 1998 - 17 years ago - Danny Lewin and I incorporated Akamai.  That day marked the official start of Akamai as a business, and our team of about a dozen people (mostly MIT undergrads) moved out of my office at MIT and into a small rented space in Cambridge.  None of us had any prior experience in business.  We believed in our technology, we believed in

Or Katz

Or Katz

August 19, 2015 2:21 PM

The Real Story Behind Cheating Stories? Blackhat SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) campaigns are prevalent and legitimate ways to promote web applications in order to get a better visibility and more traffic to your web application. But what happens when an SEO campaign crosses the line into the dark side and becomes malicious? Recently the Akamai Threat Research Team discovered a highly sophisticated SEO attack campaign that was promoting the search results rating for a web application

Akamai

Akamai

August 19, 2015 10:44 AM

Do the WAF Revolution

Akamai famously lost the first competition it entered, the MIT 50k, before securing funding and becoming a wildly successful start up and one of the largest IPOs in history. Today Akamai is a 2B public company that prides itself on fighting the odds in order to challenge the status quo and provide business value to customers.

Akamai

Akamai

August 18, 2015 2:15 PM

Optimize and Protect Your Customer Experience at #Ak ...

Akamai's 8th Annual Customer Conference is approaching quickly and we have some great industry speakers joining us to share how they are overcoming some of the toughest challenges in Commerce. Speakers from Norwegian Cruise Lines, Crocs, Mary Kay and Guitar Center, among many others will share ideas, best practices and tactics to improve customer experience and increase key performance metrics as we address key trends shaping the industry.

Alex Balford

Alex Balford

August 18, 2015 10:10 AM

Doubling Down on OTT

It's no secret that digital video entertainment is in the midst of a massive transformation that includes the way content is packaged, distributed and consumed. The days of consumers demanding large cable TV packages and renting feverishly from local video stores are a distant past. Today, electronic consumer media spend has already surpassed physical, the words "skinny bundle" have crept into our vocabulary and those of us in the

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 18, 2015 6:03 AM

Q2 2015 State of the Internet Security Report Releas ...

Akamai has released the Q2 2015 State of the Internet Security Report. This quarter's report, which provides analysis and insight into the global cloud security threat landscape, can be downloaded here. Previews for the Q2 State of the Internet Security Report:The Shellshock EffectTor Pros and ConsAttackers Focus on SYN and UDP VectorsWordPress and the Danger of Third-Party PluginsBefore Q2's State of the Internet Security Report is Released, Let's Review Q1

Akamai

Akamai

August 17, 2015 1:17 PM

Mobile is Feeding My #FreeBrady Obsession

As a New Englander and avid Patriots fan, I have been obsessed with watching everything #FreeBrady related. I can't get enough. Short of reading the entire 243-page Wells report - Snooze - I want to watch everything that is going on with deflategate in order to support my favorite QB against all the haters out there.

Akamai

Akamai

August 17, 2015 8:59 AM

Four considerations to kick-start your holiday readi ...

Holiday season in July? Has Amazon's Prime Day officially kicked-off the holiday selling period? Probably not, but its success does suggest people are ready for a discount, which means retailers should prepare for a busy holiday season. So what can retailers expect in the coming weeks and months? Here are four trends retailers need to consider when planning for the holidays: 1. Consumer confidence is rising Consumers seem increasingly

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 17, 2015 4:45 AM

Q2 SOTI Security Preview: The Shellshock Effect

This is the final preview for the Q2 2015 State of the Internet Security Report, which comes out tomorrow. Here, we take a look at web application attacks and the impact that comes with adding two attack types to the picture. Note: We'll show the actual percentages for these attacks once the report is officially released. One more day! Previews for the Q2 State of the Internet Security Report:Tor Pros

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 13, 2015 4:59 AM

Q2 SOTI Security Preview: Tor Pros and Cons

The Q2 2015 State of the Internet Security Report (SOTI Security) is due out in the next couple of weeks, and today we continue previewing various sections. Tuesday we told you about security risks that come into play when third-party plug-ins are used with Wordpress. Yesterday we looked at attack vectors the bad guys favored in Q2. Today we look at the security risks businesses face when using Tor.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 12, 2015 4:49 AM

Q2 SOTI Security Preview: Attackers Focus on SYN and ...

The Q2 2015 State of the Internet Security Report (SOTI Security) is due out in the next couple of weeks, and today we continue previewing various sections. Yesterday we told you about security risks that come into play when third-party plug-ins are used with Wordpress. Today we look at attack vectors the bad guys favored in Q2.

Akamai

Akamai

August 11, 2015 9:22 AM

Planning for Final Projects with Girls Who Code

Hi. I'm Bhuvana Husain, Director of Programs & Operations in Akamai's Web Experience Business Unit. I'm also the Program Coordinator for this year's Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program here at Akamai. As described in the previous blog posts by Kate Jenkins (Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at Akamai and Week 1 update on Akamai's Girls Who Code), we are thrilled to be hosting a group of 20 high school girls

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 11, 2015 5:06 AM

Q2 SOTI Security Preview: WordPress and the Danger o ...

The Q2 2015 State of the Internet - Security Report (SOTI Security) is due out in the next couple of weeks, and today we begin previewing various sections. Let's begin with the potential security risks that come into play when third-party plug-ins are used with Wordpress. WordPress is the world's most popular website and blogging platform. Its ever-growing popularity makes it an attractive target for attackers who aim to exploit hundreds

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 10, 2015 5:09 AM

Before Q2's State of the Internet Security Report is ...

This month we'll release the Q2 2015 State of the Internet Security Report. Tomorrow, we'll begin previewing sections of that report in this blog.But before we begin, a look back at the previous quarter's report is in order. Such a review will better position readers to digest the new report and do some comparing and contrasting. Every report highlights a new trend, but we also see things that don't change

Mani Sundaram

Mani Sundaram

August 7, 2015 8:44 AM

Defending Against DD4BC Cyber Attacks

To date, over a dozen Akamai customers have been the targets of DD4BC, a group of cyber attackers who use a series of politely worded, yet increasingly threatening email messages to extort a 25 Bitcoin ransom (approximately $5,750 in US dollars) in exchange for stopping attacks on the victims' sites and number if victims is increasing. DD4BC starts out with what they call "small demonstrative attacks" that will not crash

Akamai

Akamai

August 6, 2015 12:51 PM

Details on the Cross-Site Request Forgery Vulnerabil ...

Earlier today (Aug 6, 2015) at the Black Hat Security Conference in Las Vegas, Bishop Fox, a security research and penetration testing firm, announced the discovery of a vulnerability that allows an outside actor to conduct a cross-site request forgery (CSRF)/Server-Side Request Forgery (SSRF) attack using a combination of exploits. This vulnerability relied on the Akamai platform in two ways: specially-crafted legacy resource locators (also called v1 ARLs) in combination

Akamai

Akamai

August 6, 2015 9:22 AM

Flash Boys & Web Performance on the Riviera Maya

I was ready for a relaxing vacation on the Mexican Riviera Maya where the warm waters and cool drinks would provide the backdrop for a great week.  Making the Internet fast, reliable and secure every day is demanding work so I was happy to temporarily leave my thoughts about Akamai at home, spend quality time with family, and sneak in a book that I've been wanting to read for a

Wentao Li

Wentao Li

August 5, 2015 10:35 AM

Is your cloud strategy delivering for your users?

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Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

August 4, 2015 11:49 AM

Quantum Dawn and the Need for Testing in Security In ...

Last night I watched an On Demand episode of The American Experience titled Blackout, which recounted the 1977 power failure in New York City and its lasting impact on city due to widespread looting and destruction. With the power completely out, the operators at Con Ed got to work restoring power using a manual that was last updated after another massive blackout - in 1965.

Akamai

Akamai

August 4, 2015 5:46 AM

Talk on CDN vulnerability at Black Hat USA 2015

Akamai is aware of a talk scheduled for Black Hat USA 2015 this week that will discuss some potential issues with platforms like ours. Mike Brooks and Matthew Bryant, security analysts at Bishop Fox, will give the following talk on Aug. 6: BYPASS SURGERY ABUSING CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORKS WITH SERVER-SIDE-REQUEST FORGERY (SSRF) FLASH AND DNS

Akamai

Akamai

August 3, 2015 1:54 PM

Performance testing in production? Here are 14 grid ...

I spent a few days in New York City last week attending a couple of meetups, including speaking at a New York City Web Performance Meetup on Thursday night. I had several great conversations around real user monitoring, data science and analytics, and, of course, testing in production (my favorite topic these days!). I had quite a few discussions around how SOASTA CloudTest manages these large cloud environments and if

Akamai

Akamai

August 3, 2015 9:01 AM

Future Stores Follow Up Part 2

Late last month I attended the Future Stores 2015 conference in Seattle. If you haven't heard of Future Stores before, here's some brief background: it's held by Worldwide Business Research and brings together retail, omni-channel, customer web experience, and IT execs to focus on in-store innovation and how to bridge the digital and physical retail environments. As Chief Strategist of Commerce at Akamai, I was excited to learn how