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Meg Grady-Troia

Meg Grady-Troia

May 11, 2017 3:12 PM

DDoS Attacks against DNS Infrastructure in the News

DNS-based DDoS attacks have gained mindshare among Akamai customers lately, most recently with last year's Dyn attacks (written about on the Akamai Blog here and here) and this week's attack against Cedexis. DNS infrastructure is a ripe target for malicious actors hoping to disrupt a digital property's availability because it provides the initial resolution for an end user's browser client from hostname to IP address. At best, an attack against

Yohai Einav

Yohai Einav

May 9, 2017 11:42 AM

From "New Core Domains" to "Zero-day Attacks"

Excerpted from Nominum Spring 2017 Security Report In late April, we released the Nominum Spring 2017 Security Report, the latest report on our security research team's DNS and HTTP analysis which provides a comprehensive view of the current cyberthreat landscape. In the report, we take a look at "new core domains" and how they help us identify "zero-day attacks" so we can take steps mitigate them.

Lorenz Jakober

Lorenz Jakober

April 26, 2017 12:40 PM

Recursive DNS - The Achilles Heel Of Advanced Threat ...

We all know what happens whenever anyone or anything tries to access a resource on the Internet. It all starts with a DNS request that translates a URL (www.akamai.com) into an IP address (104.97.77.24): Now if we dive a little deeper into the DNS request flow we can see the requester make a request to the recursive DNS infrastructure of either their ISP or their enterprise. In other words recursive

Yohai Einav

Yohai Einav

April 26, 2017 12:04 PM

Understanding the Cyberattack Ladder and the Three K ...

Inside the Mind of a CybercriminalThe rise of open source malware, IoT-based threats, and criminal services-for-hire is fomenting a new era in cybercrime. While global cybercrime is expanding and cybercriminals are stuffing their bank accounts, individuals and businesses (especially SMBs) are directly impacted. Many worry about the safety and security of their online experiences and what communication service providers (CSPs) are doing to protect them.

Craig Sprosts

Craig Sprosts

March 2, 2017 5:07 PM

Fighting Cybercrime with DNS

I recently sat down with Steve Saunders of Light Reading to talk about the role DNS plays in understanding and fighting emerging cyberthreats. In the interview, we went through the highlights of Nominum's, now part of Akamai, recent Data Science report, in which our Data Science team studied more than 15 trillion queries over a three-month period and reported on the world of cybersecurity through the lens of DNS, uncovering

Arlen Frew

Arlen Frew

February 17, 2017 11:28 AM

Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA) Protects ...

With cyberthreats increasing in size and scope, businesses are scrambling to find new ways to protect their financial and human capital assets. Many enterprise solutions offer endpoint protection and network security, but the SMB sector doesn't have the budget to deploy enterprise security solutions and typically lacks the in-house expertise to keep their networks and users adequately protected. In particular, as employees bring mobile devices onto corporate networks, and with

AkamAI Research

AkamAI Research

December 21, 2016 2:42 PM

Protecting against Mirai with DNS Security

One of the biggest cyberthreats making the rounds on the internet is the Mirai botnet. Mirai targets connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, using each infected device to launch DDoS attacks and cause website outages around the globe by flooding them with queries. Examples of recent Mirai-generated web outages are the Dyn attack which took down or significantly slowed sites like Airbnb, Twitter, the New York Times, CNN, Fox News,

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

December 12, 2016 10:51 AM

Dyn DDoS Attack: Lessons Learned for the Financial S ...

In the first of this two-part blog, I reported the impact that the Dyn DDoS attack had on the financial services industry. Banks, insurers, credit cards, and others had two waves of impacts on Oct. 21, with many websites clocking in with 60 second page response times, and others with outright failures, not able to service their customers. In Part 2, we'll dig into some details to better understand the

Yohai Einav

Yohai Einav

December 6, 2016 3:27 PM

How Nominum Data Science Thwarts Cybercrime Through ...

Nominum, now part of Akamai, inaugural security report published by its Data Science team, Data Revelations: Fall 2016, includes an analysis of some of the largest threats that are impacting organizations and individuals, including ransomware, DDoS, mobile malware, IoT-based attacks and more. Since DNS is the launch point for over 90% of cyberattacks, it offers a great vantage point from which to examine, understand, thwart and proactively prevent threats1. With