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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:


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 future-thinking stores are innovating and better understand how Akamai fits into the picture. This is the second follow post that I'm doing to recap some of the highlights I heard at the conference. My first post highlighted how Macy's Go was personalizing and streamlining the omnichannel shopping experience.

OurMine Team Attack Exceeded 117 Gbps

A new hacking group has landed on the Akamai's PLXsert and CSIRT radar for taking responsibility for launching DDoS attacks against several of our customers in the financial services sector.

The entity calls itself the "OurMine Team" and if it is to be believed, it has gained access to one customer's $500,000 account. The group has announced it will give that money to the poor.

Mobile Browser Usage in Q1 2015

In June 2012, Akamai launched the Akamai Internet Observatory (IO) destination site that highlights browser usage across desktop and other connected devices. The data presented in the full Q1 2015 State of the Internet ReporBe and this blog post are derived from the Akamai IO site.

If you are a long-time reader of the State of the Internet Report, you are like familiar with the terms “Broadband”, “High Broadband”, and “4K Ready” as they have historically been used in the report. (For specific definitions, see the blog post at http://akamai.me/sotimetrics) When you read the First Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report, you’ll see that we’ve phased out the usage of these terms in favor of speed-specific references.

The Q4 2014 State of the Internet Report will be available for download on March 25. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights from the report.

Across the fourth quarter, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from nearly 200 unique countries/regions. Of these, China and the United States remained the top two sources. Port 23 remained the most targeted port for attacks during the fourth quarter -- continuing the trend of the previous two quarters. Additionally, Akamai recorded a rise in DDoS attacks.

Nearly two years ago, we published the blog post "Clarifying State of the Internet Report Metrics," which served as a great reference for those interested in finding out more about the metrics published within the State of the Internet Report. Since the report has evolved, we're releasing an update to clarify existing metrics and review new ones, with the goal of minimizing confusion about terms and data in the report.

Update on IPv6 Adoption

In the third quarter of 2013, the State of the Internet Report started to include insight into IPv6 adoption based on data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform™. Throughout the last year, we've seen impressive growth rates across the top countries and network providers on both a quarterly and yearly basis as native IPv6 connectivity is made available to more end users.

Although our goal was to publish it in mid-December, unexpectedly busy schedules and holiday time off derailed those plans. Fear not, though, as the Q3 2014 State of the Internet Report will be published just after the start of the New Year. As a belated holiday present for our readers, we will also be launching an updated connectivity visualization on the State of the Internet website, a new State of the Internet subspace on the Akamai Community, and an updated mobile application for iOS devices.

On the eve of this week's International CES in Las Vegas, Qualcomm issued this news release highlighting an interesting demonstration at their booth (#8252 in the Las Vegas Convention Center's central hall), of which Akamai is a part. As a proof of concept, we've worked with Qualcomm's Atheros subsidiary to show how Akamai Intelligent Software can run on an Atheros IPQ smart gateway to make consumer experiences markedly faster and more reliable in the home. 

The last estimates from the NPD Group suggest that there's an average of 5.7 Internet-connected devices in every home. Thanks to the glut of these connected devices being used to watch video, access dynamic websites, download software and play games online - particularly during prime times - the strain on household Internet connectivity is leading to inconsistent and even frustrating experiences for consumers. In fact, it's fairly common to find devices requesting more bandwidth than is available over the last mile. 

Our demonstration at CES with Qualcomm shows how Akamai's Intelligent Software can run on the Atheros smart gateway to help optimize delivery and prepositioning of content, thereby improving the efficiency of existing last-mile resources as well as the use of resources from the gateway to connected devices in the home. In a real-world use case, partnerships like this could allow service providers to improve quality of service and enable family members to enjoy far better all-around Internet experiences.

The demo also offers a glimpse into the future of the Akamai platform as we explore ways to move beyond the edge and onto devices of many types; not only gateways, but game consoles, set-top-boxes, Blu-ray players, connected TVs and more. It's this type of evolution that we feel can help address the existing issues of bandwidth content and also pave the way to help deliver the massive amounts of video and other content at scale, including 4K, that is expected to traverse the Internet over the coming years. 

Also, I would like to re-iterate that this proof-of-concept is designed to show the potential benefits that can be realized by placing Akamai's Intelligent Software onto in-home technology such as the Qualcomm Atheros IPQ smart gateway. We're not announcing business models or any information on availability at this time.

If you're interested in checking out the demo or want to set up some time to meet with Akamai at CES this week, please feel free to email kalexand@akamai.com.

Kris Alexander is Chief Strategist, Connected Devices & Gaming, at Akamai.
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