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Ryan Barnett

Ryan Barnett

April 3, 2018 9:00 AM

The Dark Side of APIs: Part 1, API Overview

Ryan Barnett, Principal Security Researcher, Akamai Elad Shuster, Senior Security Researcher, Akamai API Overview Application Programming Interfaces (API) are a software design approach which enables software and system developers to integrate with other systems based on a defined set of communication methods. APIs serve as software building blocks and allow for software reuse - essentially allowing fast development of new systems based on existing capabilities.

Daniel Abeles

Daniel Abeles

March 29, 2018 6:33 AM

What You Need To Know: "SNIPR" Credential Stuffing T ...

Overview Credential abuse (CA) is a trend that is here to stay. It affects almost every one of us. There are attackers trying to break into every online account and the vast majority of these attacks are happening silently in the background. In the past, credential abuse tools were written and distributed in closed forums and among air-gapped societies. Now, they are widely available; there is a highly active market

Shantanu Kedar

Shantanu Kedar

March 7, 2018 8:07 AM

Make way for HTTPS - Starting July 2018, Google Chro ...

Days of clear-text HTTP, the original but insecure foundation for data communication over the web, are numbered. Over the past few years, Google (and others such as the Internet Architecture Board, Mozilla, and Apple) have nudged developers to encrypt and authenticate their websites using HTTPS which layers HTTP over TLS (Transport Layer Security). This includes measures such as ranking HTTP sites lower in Google search results, not supporting powerful features

Akamai SIRT Alerts

Akamai SIRT Alerts

March 2, 2018 5:00 PM

memcached, now with extortion!

Over the past week, memcached reflection attacks have taken the DDoS scene by storm. With several attacks hitting organizations across many industries, including a record breaking 1.3Tbps attack against an Akamai customer. Akamai has observed a new trend in extortion attempts using memcached payloads to deliver the message.

Akamai SIRT Alerts

Akamai SIRT Alerts

March 1, 2018 7:54 AM

Memcached-fueled 1.3 Tbps attacks

At 17:28 GMT, February 28th, Akamai experienced a 1.3 Tbps DDoS attack against one of our customers, a software development company, driven by memcached reflection. This attack was the largest attack seen to date by Akamai, more than twice the size of the September, 2016 attacks that announced the Mirai botnet and possibly the largest DDoS attack publicly disclosed. Because of memcached reflection capabilities, it is highly likely that this

Akamai SIRT Alerts

Akamai SIRT Alerts

February 27, 2018 2:52 PM

Memcached UDP Reflection Attacks

Akamai is aware of a new DDoS reflection attack vector: UDP-based memcached traffic. Memcached is a tool meant to cache data and reduce strain on heavier data stores, like disk or databases. The protocol allows the server to be queried for information about key value stores and is only intended to be used on systems that are not exposed to the Internet. There is no authentication required with memcached. When

Larry Cashdollar

Larry Cashdollar

February 15, 2018 8:00 AM

Wordpress DoS Attack: CVE-2018-6389

Overview On February 5, an Israeli security researcher, Barak Tawily, discovered a Denial of Service (DoS) attack impacting all 3.x-4.x versions of the Wordpress content management platform. The vulnerability is currently unpatched and relies on a performance boosting feature in Wordpress allowing Javascript and style sheets to be loaded in bulk via a single request. The attack does not affect the Akamai platform, but it does affect any customers using

AkamAI Research

AkamAI Research

February 13, 2018 9:00 AM

Humans, Machines and Data: Fighting Mirai, Together

By Yohai Einav, Hongliang Liu Background It's been 18 months since Mirai entered our lives, and, unfortunately, we expect it to have a perennial presence in our cyber-world for years to come. If we look at the big picture, all indicators suggest that the Mirai problem (and its descendants) is just going to increase, with the growing number of IoT devices in the world and the improvement in IoT hardware

Lorenz Jakober

Lorenz Jakober

February 1, 2018 7:11 PM

The days of VPNs are numbered

We have been talking about how it's time to re-evaluate giving full access to the corporate network for some time. In fact, Akamai's Sr. Director of Enterprise Security & Infrastructure Engineering talks about one of his core goals--No VPN--here. Over the last few days, I am sure many teams who are taking the No VPN route are even more thankful. The recent news about yet another patching fire drill--this time