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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

May 8, 2014 5:18 AM

BSides Boston 2014: HallwayCon

As I noted in previous posts, LobbyCon is an important part of any security conference experience. At BSides Boston Saturday, attendees will enjoy the ritual with a special twist.Organizers call it HallwayCon. A description from the BSides Boston website:First come, first served! (Sign-up and put your name and topic on the board!) These lightning talks are 15-minute each and will go throughout the entire day.A variation of this happened during

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

May 7, 2014 5:56 AM

BSides Boston 2014: Dan Geer and Heartbleed

I first met Dan Geer 10 years ago, after he debated Microsoft's Scott Charney on the "Microsoft Monoculture" at a USENIX event in Boston. I was just starting to write about security and the man intimidated me. His intellect and speaking style were light years beyond anything I had comprehended before. As a news reporter, you talk to a lot of police officers, firefighters and politicians who speak in plain,

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

May 6, 2014 5:10 AM

BSides Boston Keynote Profile: Jack Daniel

An old friend will deliver the first keynote of BSides Boston Friday: Jack Daniel, technical product manager at Tenable Network Security. His talk is called "Doomed to Repeat: InfoSec's Failure to Learn from the Past."

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

May 5, 2014 7:00 AM

BSides Boston 2014: Full Agenda

Bsides Boston 2014 -- scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center -- promises to be another enlightening event. Akamai is a gold sponsor, and I'll be there both days. If you're thinking of going, here's the full agenda to consider:

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

May 2, 2014 7:21 AM

Microsoft Releases Emergency IE Fix

Internet Explorer users take note: Microsoft issued an emergency security update yesterday to address a serious, widely-publicized vulnerability. Dustin C. Childs of Microsoft's Security Response Center announced the fix in a blog post yesterday.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

May 1, 2014 7:25 AM

Latest State of the Internet Report: Security Highli ...

Akamai released its Fourth Quarter 2013 State of the Internet Report last week. Security highlights include the following: DDoS traffic increased 23 percent quarter-over-quarter, up by 75 percent from fourth quarter 2012.Enterprise and commerce continued to be the industries targeted most frequently.China remained the top producer of attack traffic, growing to 43 percent of observed attack traffic.The United States also saw significant growth in observed attack traffic, while Indonesia's contribution

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

April 30, 2014 5:59 AM

Highlights of Prolexic Q1 2014 Global DDoS Attack Re ...

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.Download the full report HERE

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

April 30, 2014 5:43 AM

Two Embarrassing Security Lessons

Good news: I got another look at how well Akamai's security procedures work. Bad news: It's because I made two simple mistakes. And I knew better.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

April 29, 2014 7:14 AM

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. The PLXsert advisory describes it this way: The Storm kit is capable of infecting Windows XP (and higher) machines for malicious uses, including execution of DDoS attacks. Once a PC is infected, the Storm Network Stress Tester crimeware kit establishes remote administration (RAT) capabilities on the infected machine, enabling