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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 27, 2014 5:19 AM

Poodle (CVE-2014-3566) Attack and Mitigation Details ...

Akamai's Prolexic Security Engineering & Research Team (PLXsert) issued a new advisory Monday that provides a full analysis of the Poodle vulnerability, including actions companies can take to blunt the impact. It's the latest in a series of postings Akamai has done to keep the public informed of its Poodle response. In addition to reviewing this new advisory, please refer to the following posts as well: Poodle FAQ: What Akamai

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 23, 2014 6:30 AM

Akamai PLXsert's Q3 2014 State of the Internet Repor ...

Today we've launched the first all-security edition of the State of the Internet report. State of the Internet also has its own website now, where readers can delve into Akamai's threat intelligence, threat advisories, data visualizations and more. Highlights of the security edition for Q3 2014 include a four-fold year-over-year increase in DDoS attack size and volume; new attacks targeting hand-held devices and the proliferation of easy-to-use attack tools. Download

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 22, 2014 5:16 AM

Podcast: Websites Attacked Via 3rd-Party Services, W ...

In the latest episode of the Akamai Security Podcast, I talk to CSIRT Manager Mike Kun about what he calls an "interesting new attack vector" where bad actors forgo direct attacks against websites in favor of targeting third-party services the site is using. "Rather than go against a target directly, bad actors are looking at what other services that website is using," Kun explains. "A simple one is DNS. If

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 20, 2014 8:33 AM

Akamai InfoSec at BASC 2014

The Boston Application Security Conference (BASC) was this past weekend, and Patrick Laverty from Akamai InfoSec's CSIRT team gave a talk called "How Hackers View Your Web Site." Patrick recorded the talk and posted it on his YouTube channel. Like everything he does, it's quite good. So I'm sharing it here. Laverty described his talk this way:"As defenders, we have to be right 100% of the time where an attacker

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 16, 2014 8:35 PM

Poodle FAQ: What Akamai Customers Need to Know

The Poodle attack (CVE-2014-3566) raised many questions from our customers, peers, auditors, and prospects. This post addresses some of the most frequently asked questions, and provides an update on how Akamai is handling its operations during this industry-wide event. For a basic background on Poodle, please read Akamai CSO Andy Ellis's overview blog post, or Akamai Security Researcher Daniel Franke's in-depth analysis.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 15, 2014 5:30 PM

UPnP Devices Used in DDoS Attacks

Attackers are using Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) devices to launch massive DDoS assaults, Akamai's Prolexic Security Engineering & Research Team (PLXsert) warned this morning in an advisory.PLXsert estimates that 4.1 million UPnP devices are potentially vulnerable to exploits used for reflection DDoS attacks. That's about 38 percent of the 11 million devices in use around the world. PLXsert plans to share the list of potentially exploitable devices to

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 14, 2014 5:12 PM

Excerpt: How POODLE Happened

The following is an excerpt from Akamai Security Researcher Daniel Franke's blog post on the POODLE vulnerability.  Bodo Möller, Thai Duong, and Krzysztof Kotowicz have just broken the internet again with POODLE, a new and devastating attack against SSL. POODLE, an acronym for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption, permits a man-in-the-middle attacker to rapidly decrypt any browser session which utilizes SSL v3.0 -- or, as is generally the case,

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 14, 2014 2:46 PM

Your Microsoft Patch Update for October 2014

Microsoft released its October 2014 Security Update Tuesday. Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Developer Tools and .NET Framework are among the items affected.Here is the full patch matrix:

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 14, 2014 5:31 AM

Five Good Security Articles

Articles I'm reading include such topics as the mounting cost of social engineering, the Mayhem Botnet's exploitation of Shellshock, and some tips for better security in the healthcare industry.