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Summary Adversaries calling themselves the Lizard Squad have been sending businesses extortion letters, demanding payment in bitcoin to prevent a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) or other attack against their applications. These letters have been sent to businesses across the globe and across industries for several years, with little follow-through. These letters appear to come from multiple groups including Lizard Squad, the Armada Collective, and DD4BC, though in many case
We are all familiar with the enterprise security approach of treating an organization like a castle, and protecting it with a moat. Moats have been used for perimeter defense since ancient Egypt. While the moat and castle enterprise security approach has worked well in the past it is starting to show its age.
Akamai has created two new WAF rules in response to new information about the Apache Struts2 vulnerability. The first rule, the most recent version of KRS Rule 3000014, is a standard part of the Kona Ruleset and protects against the many common attacks leveraging this vulnerability. This rule is designed to allow organizations that have complex environments to continue operating without risk of the WAF rule interfering with their environments.
Managing risk is a key aspect of any business. This becomes more complicated when additional parties, such as vendors are brought into the mix. One of the strongest pieces of guidance on managing vendors that customers have brought to Akamai comes from the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Bulletin 2013-29, wherein the OCC recommended that financial institutions strengthen their preparedness around third-party risk management, particularly in
The pervasiveness of technology has meant automation of tasks, allowing better productivity, with more time to do more. However, the dark side of technology would be that enterprises and individuals alike are vulnerable to cybercrimes, compromise of identities, loss of data and subject to malicious attacks. In our recent 'State of the Internet / Security Q4 2016 report', we reported that Akamai mitigated 3,826 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack
Kona Site Defender is our flagship Web Application Firewall and DDoS Mitigation solution at Akamai. Back in the days of the Al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, Brobot ("It's not OK, bro"), and the "holy 100 Gbps attack!", we had a saying around Akamai: "Kona Site Defender customers come for the DDoS, but they stay for the WAF". The general idea was that it took a headline-grabbing DDoS attack to make customers and
On Monday, March 6th, the Apache team patched a vulnerability in Apache Struts2 framework. Apache Struts is an open-source web application framework for developing Java web applications. The vulnerability exists in the Jakarta Multipart parser, which can be tricked into executing attacker-provided OGNL code. The impacted versions are 2.3.5 through 2.3.31, and 2.5 through 2.5.10 of the Apache Struts framework. If you are currently running an affected version of the
Summary On Monday, February 27, 2017, security researcher Omer Gil published a blog post laying out a data exfiltration method called a "Web Cache Deception Attack." The attack leverages web caching functionality to potentially expose sensitive information or allow for account takeover (ATO) attacks. Caching is often used to reduce load and time-to-delivery for a web server receiving requests for content, but this attack shows ways in which, given certain
On February 23, 2017, Cloudflare released information on a bug that was disclosed by Google security researcher, Tavis Ormandy, in their content delivery network. The bug potentially exposed sensitive customer data to the Internet. Approximately 1 in every 3,300,000 HTTP requests may have contained potentially sensitive information. This information would normally be stored and cached by users and search engines as part of normal website sessions. This bug is similar