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Teens Busted for Exploiting Lizard Squad Attack Tool

In January, we told you about Lizard Squad, an attack group that ruined Christmas for a lot of Sony Playstation and Xbox users by launching DDoSes against those gaming networks. The authorities have been chasing them down since then, and this month six teens were arrested for using Lizard Squad's signature Lizard Stresser DDoS attack tool.

Accuracy

There can sometimes be a fine line between suspicion and guilt. Determining malicious or "good" activity can be a challenging task in today's cyber world full of hidden and dark secrets. A system based on accuracy and thorough analysis of all evidence will lead to the true malicious actor.
Consider a popular way to illegally extract money from someone's bank account for example. The malicious actor has created a malicious link to exploit a vulnerability using a Cross Site Forgery Request (CSRF) on a vulnerable banking site. The malicious actor makes sure that the victim clicks on the malicious link while logged onto his online banking account with the vulnerability. He thinks he is transferring $2,000 to pay the rent but this malicious link changes the request to have $20,000 from his account transferred to an anonymous bitcoin account. The money is laundered away before it can be traced.
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Ginny Carpenter is the manager of industry marketing for healthcare at Akamai.



OTT at your doorstep: Are you ready?

 

Consider this - the number of months needed to reach 1 million users in India since launch[1] :

 

Facebook - 10 months

Twitter - 12 months

Instagram - 2.5 months

HotStar - .2 months (6 days !!!)

 

So what is HotStar?  HotStar is one of the recent OTT video applications launched by Star India, launched to coincide with the start of the cricket world cup. Star is one of the largest media broadcasting houses in India and is part of the global NewsCorp network.  In the 40 days since being launched, Hotstar reached 40 million downloads and is still going strong. The platform today streams a wide variety of entertainment content and is reported to support more than 7000 device types.


In part 1 of the deep dive we learned about the best practices involved in choosing an appropriate image format in preparation for web delivery. In part 2 we will discuss different configurations to leverage Akamai's Adaptive Image Compression (AIC).


As many web developers and content designers know, compression is as much an art as it is a science. Knowing when to apply compression and how much compression to apply is paramount to your user experience. A one size fits all method means you're either not compressing enough and leaving potential performance gains on the table (forcing your user to wait) or potentially compressing too much, putting your user experience and product in jeopardy.

Akamai Assists ISPs in Providing a Family-Friendly Internet

 

Family and Internet safety advocates have lobbied long and hard to government regulators and Internet service and content providers for stronger measures and controls over the types of content viewable by children when online. And based on recent reports, some ISPs have responded in a favorable way, by implementing services that place automatic blocks on "high risk" websites including those that feature nudity or sexual content or are related to drugs, alcohol or tobacco, among others. Furthermore, users seem to be taking advantage of these services rather than opting out of them, creating safer Internet environments in their homes, while Internet providers reap the benefits of high scores for customer satisfaction and the potential for long-term revenue growth. A true win-win!


As the new Industry Marketing Manager for Financial Services at Akamai, I am thrilled to be attending my very first Edge Customer Conference! The Edge conference will provide a great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, nurture existing relationships, and build new ones.


Picture this - you arrive to your office early in the morning to finalize your back to school promotions so you can move on to your holiday marketing plans. As you are busily trying to answer emails, you came across an ominous message explaining to you that if you don't pay 40 Bitcoins, a group you've never heard of would knock your site offline in 24 hours with a powerful distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. A DDoS attack can be carried out in many different ways but at the most basic, it is executed by flooding a website with more traffic or requests than the infrastructure can handle - thus taking it offline for legitimate customers. It may sound like the plot to a movie but unfortunately it's a reality.  Check out our coverage of the DD4BC operation here.  


It's summertime!  While most people are relaxing at the beach or enjoying a BBQ, here at Akamai we've already shifted sights towards the winter to provide relief for retailers by ensuring they have fast, reliable and secure e-commerce sites in time for the holidays.  The holiday season, after all, is just around the corner.  Here are four key ways we are helping retailers convert more shoppers into buyers while also securing their web experiences:


(1)  Make the experience fast

Last year, for the first time, Akamai saw more than 50% of holiday traffic from mobile devices during certain periods of the day.  This trend will undoubtedly continue as shoppers embrace multi-channel experiences while accessing content from different devices at different times of the day.  Akamai's Real User Monitoring (RUM) provides retailers with a detailed understanding of the actual page load time visitors experience across the myriad of devices and networks.  Akamai Ion provides the fastest acceleration for content accessed on all types of devices and networks including the unique challenges of responsive web design, congested cellular networks and those pesky API calls which slow down the mobile app experience.

Delivering High Performing Images on the Akamai Edge


Deep Dive - Part 1: Image Formats

In our previous entry, we got a glimpse into the capabilities of the Akamai Adaptive Image Compression (AIC) product, and how it can help in making the fastest sites on the Internet even faster. But how does fast delivery of images actually happen? In this two part deep dive, we will address:

  • Initial decision points content developers need to keep in mind when evaluating image formats, and their image compression options
  • The Adaptive Image Compression implementation process, and how to choose your compression settings