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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 17, 2013 9:28 AM

Attacks Lighter Than Expected Amid 9-11 Anniversary, ...

A couple weeks ago, Akamai's CSIRT team warned that chaotic actors could use the anniversary of 9-11 and news of potential military action in Syria as an excuse to unleash a fresh wave of DDoS attacks. Fortunately, the week turned out to be pretty quiet.The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a pro-Assad hacking group, mostly held its fire, and those wanting to exploit the 9-11 anniversary were nowhere to be found. I asked Mike Kun

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 13, 2013 5:34 AM

Security Front and Center at Akamai Edge 2013

At this year's Akamai Edge Conference, taking place Oct. 7-11 in Washington DC, security will be a central part of the agenda. One of the three tracks this year is a Web Security Symposium, tailored to meet the needs of security professionals looking to protect their organization from unwanted network or application layer attacks, while improving the exchange of information between employees, customers and business partners on any device, anywhere.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 12, 2013 5:00 AM

Microsoft's September Patch Matrix

Microsoft released it's monthly patch load this week. To help identify and deploy the security fixes, here's a table showing the different bulletins, the severity of the flaws, and the products impacted.Bulletin IDBulletin Title and Executive SummaryMaximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability ImpactRestart RequirementAffected SoftwareMS13-067Vulnerabilities in Microsoft SharePoint Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2834052) This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and nine privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 9, 2013 5:12 AM

Internet Security Central To Danny Lewin's Legacy

With the 14th anniversary of 9-11 this week, I'll be focusing on posts about the legacy of Danny Lewin -- Akamai co-founder and casualty of that terrible day. I'll also look at Akamai's crucial role in keeping the Internet afloat that day and in the aftermath, and how it shaped the way we operate today. Let's begin with this post, originally written in June, as I was getting up to

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 5, 2013 6:26 AM

Multiple DDoS Attacks Possible Amid Action in Syria, ...

Emotions will already be high next week with the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. On top of that, Congress is expected to debate and possibly authorize military action in Syria. This has Akamai InfoSec's CSIRT team on high alert.In recent weeks we've told you about the activities of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a pro-Assad hacking group. Mike Kun and Patrick Laverty, two of our CSIRT team members, have been tracking the potential

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 4, 2013 5:42 AM

No Matter Your Experience, Adversaries Will Occasion ...

One of the challenges of working in the security community is that you are expected to be fully aware of risk at all times. But as humans we all slip up sometimes. I was reminded of that yesterday when I helped out with a training session for new Akamai employees.In these training sessions, we go over Akamai security procedures and how employees are to conduct themselves. There are the obvious

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 3, 2013 5:20 AM

Telling Akamai's Security Story: Part 2

Three months ago when I started at Akamai, I told you the goal was to tell some Akamai InfoSec stories and make it clear how A.) we make sure our own house is secure, and B.) we provide an ironclad defense for customers. Here's an update to explain how we're doing that.There are the almost-daily posts in this blog. There's plenty going on in our security department every day, which means

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 29, 2013 6:32 AM

SEA Attacks Illustrate Need for Better DNS Security

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) -- a pro-Assad hacking group -- is making misery for some of the biggest entities on the Internet. The SEA's activities have attracted plenty of media attention this week. Users couldn't access many high-profile websites Tuesday after SEA launched a targeted phishing attack against a reseller for Melbourne IT, an Australian domain registrar and IT services company. According to the IDG News Service, the attack allowed hackers to change the DNS records for

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 28, 2013 9:16 AM

Security Ethics and The Hacker Academy

If you work outside the security community, the word "hacker" is often misunderstood. A hacker is seen as someone who operates outside the law, troublemakers who are only in the business of engineering attacks and causing chaos. Because of that misconception, I often feel the need to educate the masses.To that end, I'd like to direct you to the blog of security company Tripwire, which has a talented team we