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After security luminary Eugene Spafford gave a keynote at the FIRST conference in Boston this morning, some noted that his overall outlook was dark and depressing.
Security luminary Eugene Spafford gave a rather bleak assessment of the state of the industry in his FIRST Conference keynote this morning. His focus of gloom: Patches. Specifically, the addiction companies and organizations have to patching, at the expense of building more ironclad systems.
I'm at the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) annual meet-up at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, and will be blogging about some of the talks in the coming days. But for those who can't make it, I want to direct you to the FIRST homepage, where you can keep track of the action and soak in some of the experience.Two cool noteworthy items here:First, there are several podcasts
The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) annual Boston meet-up starts in earnest today at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. For those planning to attend, here's a look at the keynote speaker roster.
You can now subscribe to the Akamai Security Podcast from the iTunes store. Hear interviews with Akamai security specialists as well as security luminaries from the larger industry. Preview the podcast here and, to subscribe, click "view in iTunes." Once iTunes launches, you can hit the subscribe button.Thanks for listening!
In recent days, we've been monitoring attempts by Anonymous and others to cause Internet disruptions during the World Cup. Here's how those attacks are playing out in the media.Related:World Cup 2014 Attack TargetsInternet Disruptions Possible During World Cup 2014Podcast: Online Extortion and World Cup Risks
Next week I'll be attending the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) annual Boston meet-up at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel along with several Akamai colleagues. FIRST is a global non-profit organization that brings together computer security incident response teams (CSIRTs) from over 240 corporations, government bodies, universities and other institutions spread across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
A look at the security issues making headlines so far this week: The €30k data takeaway: Domino's Pizza Faces Ransom Demand After Hack (The Guardian) Hackers have demanded a ransom of €30,000 (£24,000) from Domino's Pizza after stealing personal data on more than 600,000 of its French and Belgian customers. Ruling Raises Stakes for Cyberheist Victims (KrebsOnSecurity) A Missouri firm that unsuccessfully sued its bank to recover $440,000 stolen in
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,