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eTail West Preview - 2016

I love eTail West - and not just because I get to stay in warmer climates (sorry, New England folks!), but because eTail West is a meeting of the savviest minds in the retail space. Not only am I excited about the upcoming show, but also about some of our own recent retail announcements that align with the type of innovation showcased throughout the conference. 

Akamai continues to investigate the Glibc vulnerability outlined in CVE-2015-7547 to see how its technology may be affected.

As part of the DNS query process, Glibc is used by many systems across the Internet -- and at Akamai -- and all versions of Glibc's getaddrinfo () library functions since version 2.9 are potentially vulnerable to a range of attacks based on a stack buffer overflow.

Ransomware cyberattacks in healthcare? Sadly, yes.

It's been widely reported that Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center experienced a ransomware attack on February 5 that encrypted their data and disabled their network.  The hospital was forced to revert to paper and faxes to relay patient information, and hospital operations were so strained that they succumbed to the cyberattack and paid the hackers 40 bitcoins, or about $17,000, to get the decryption key.

Game Tech Vs. Art Vs. Business

Do you remember when Roger Ebert declared that video games can never be art? Many of my friends in the industry threw themselves (metaphorically) on the floor in fits of rage, as if Ebert was nearby and could hear them.

Bot Manager: Why It Matters

Earlier today, Akamai announced the launch of a completely new product, Bot Manager. You can read more about the details in the press release and on Akamai.com. I won't bore you by repeating them, but I did want to add some color on why it matters.

Digital Transformation, Millennials, and the Future of Financial Services

Digital performance is more important to Financial Services Institutions (FSIs) than ever before. As they continue to work to regain the trust of customers, investors, and regulators, FSIs must prepare to engage and attract the next generation of customers - millennials. Simultaneously, digitally native startups are making inroads on their market share. In response, FSIs must undergo a digital transformation - redefining value propositions and optimizing business models and processes with a laser focus on changing customer relationships and experiences. To support this innovation, FSIs must rely on web performance and security experts to deliver fast, safe, digital experiences to their customers and focus on what they do best - build trusted relationships based on exceptional financial services.

DNSSEC Targeted in DNS Reflection, Amplification DDoS Attacks

By Bill Brenner, Akamai SIRT Senior Tech Writer

During the past few quarters, Akamai has observed and successfully mitigated a large number of DNS reflection and amplification DDoS attacks abusing Domain Name System Security Extension (DNSSEC) configured domains.

As with other DNS reflection attacks, malicious actors continue to use open DNS resolvers for their own purpose -- effectively using these resolvers as a shared botnet. This technique has also been linked to the DDoS-for-hire underground market.

The attacks are outlined in a new Security Bulletin written by Akamai SIRT, the full report can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.stateoftheinternet.com/dnssec-attacks.

Redirecting On the Edge

On the web, every second counts. Service engineers and operations teams are looking for ways to save milliseconds from web pages' load times. One of the simpler ways to squeeze better performance from web pages already using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) is to move the redirection responses from origin to the edge. A simple and common example of redirects could be to upgrade the protocol used from HTTP to HTTPS. Another example could be to redirect to a locale-specific path. By using Akamai's Edge Redirector Cloudlet, customers can consolidate redirects that are being made through multiple layers in the technology stack to a single location on the edge.

Join Akamai at D.I.C.E.

I'm not a Vegas kind of guy. It's the heat mostly, but I think it's a gamble to put $1.25 in a hotel vending machine, hoping all the way that my corn chips don't get stuck on the dispenser rings. As such, it's a very big deal when I go to Vegas on purpose, and an even bigger deal when I can say I'm excited about it.

CBS Breaks Super Bowl Streaming Records

Congratulations to CBS for delivering the most streamed Super Bowl in history.  According to official CBS numbers and a report by Streaming Mediathe Super Bowl 50 live stream drew 3.96 million unique viewers who watched for an average of 101 minutes each. Viewers consumed more than 315 million minutes of coverage during the showdown between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, with an average audience size of 1.4 million. These are all new records for a Super Bowl live stream.