It was March 13th, 2:30 AM at night and the customer called everyone on the Akamai account team announcing they were being attacked. The attacker was locking inventory on their site for hours causing a significant burst in traffic and preventing customers from making transactions. The Akamai Security Operations Center was involved right away and quickly discovered that a bot was behind this attack. This was a "good bot" just scraping the inventory for pricing data, but it caused havoc for both the infrastructure and the business.
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I've seen the thousand yard stare that gets triggered when you start talking to a game developer about all the obstacles standing in their way. Trying to get a player through your marketing, into the install, through the tutorial or first level, and past the first month of play can feel like a horrible escort quest; there seem to be a thousand monsters waiting to take your player away, and they seem to have awful pathfinding... stumbling through the game flow you imagined for them.
There's been a lot of buzz about digital transformation. For me, the transformation is really about service providers delighting their customers. The other day I was speaking with a provider in EMEA that recently did a pilot with our Reach subscriber communications solution to up-sell higher data usage options to subscribers who are at 80% of bandwidth. We see this use case every day, especially as video streaming usage is escalating. The pilot was so successful that they're now rolling out a program to their entire subscriber base. Digital transformation is really about thinking of customers, their changing needs, and device and communication preferences, and meeting them where they are most likely to pay attention.
By Bill Brenner, Senior Tech Writer, Akamai SIRT
Retail was hit hard in Q1 2016 by malicious actors who targeted the business sector with web application attacks. That is among the findings in the State of the Internet Security Report for the first quarter of the year.
Microsoft today announced general availability of Azure CDN from Akamai, an integration of Akamai's global CDN capabilities into the Microsoft Azure cloud platform that allows Azure users to instantly provision and go live with Akamai CDN within minutes. This follows our initial announcement of the partnership back in September, after which a host of companies have successfully previewed the unified solution.
If you happen to be passing near Moscow this week, I suggest two things:
You have some blinis (because they're amazing)
You come to our talk about game preorders at DevGAMM
We're discussing the big impact that the entire games industry is going to feel from the shift in how players preorder and purchase games. The AAA studios are driving significant shifts in the preorder model, and it will impact you, whether you're ready or not.
Akamai's purpose is to propel our customers faster forward by making the Internet business-ready: fast, reliable and secure. And now, also green and clean. Today we are committing, by 2020, to reduce our absolute greenhouse gas emissions below 2015 levels by sourcing renewable energy for 50 percent of our network operations.
By Mike Kun, Manager, Akamai SIRT
Extortion attacks have risen since DD4BC kicked things off last year. DD4BC peaked in July and the Armada Collective took over after that, sending out emails threatening attacks unless the victim(s) made ransom payments in bitcoins.
The most recent round involved many ransom demand letters, but, as far as many observers can tell, very little follow through.
Now we have Lizard Squad, or at least, someone claiming to be that group, spamming over 70 Akamai customers with identical ransom demands, all of which seemed to be copied from the Armada Collective emails.
I've tended to be a bit of a cheap gamer (with appropriate shout outs to my idol and friend Cheapy D). More than looking for great deals on the latest games, I usually just buy LAST YEAR'S amazing games, at a steep discount. Digital distribution, at least on consoles, hasn't caught up to this trend, which means I've been stuck with piles of plastic discs in my house, as a way to take advantage of great prices.
Akamai Security Researcher Or Katz was recently published at InfoSecurity talking about how to defend against web application account takeovers with cloud security intelligence.