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With the Q4 State of the Internet - Security Report due out later this month, we continue to preview sections of it. Earlier this week we told you about a DDoS attack from a group claiming to be Lizard Squad. Today we look at how third-party content bots and scrapers are becoming more prevalent as developers seek to gather, store, sort and present a wealth of information available from other
A couple of months ago, my colleague Or Katz published an article about an interesting trend that he uncovered, in which Black Hat SEO marketers where abusing Open Redirect vulnerabilities on popular websites to increase the popularity of advertisement sites.
By PLXsert January 12, 2015 'Twas the season for a not-so-jolly DDoS attack from a group claiming to be Lizard Squad - flinging Christmas tree packets as they are commonly known. Details of the DDoS attack indicate the ongoing development of DDoS attack tools. And while not the largest DDoS attack to date, this TCP flag DDoS attack would hinder or completely clog most corporate infrastructures. One packet exhibited the
ShmooCon has always been one of my favorite security conferences. Unfortunately, I can't be there this year. But for those who are going this weekend, here's what to expect.
Akamai Security Advocate Dave Lewis and I made Tripwire's list of "Top Influencers in Security You Should Follow in 2015." For each security practitioner selected, Tripwire included Twitter handles, blog URLs and reasons for selecting the individuals. Tripwire also asked us what infosec-related superpower we wished to have, in keeping with this year's theme of "InfoSec Avengers."Thanks to Tripwire for including us on the list!
This morning Akamai released its State of the Internet Report for the third quarter of 2014. Here are the security highlights:
Recently, the Akamai Threat Research Team unveiled a unique distributed brute force attack campaign targeting nearly five hundred WordPress applications. What's interesting about this campaign? It clearly demonstrates how Web attackers are becoming more sophisticated, attempting to evade security controls - specifically Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) and rate control protections. Continue reading on "The Security Ledger": https://securityledger.com/2014/12/cat-and-mouse-web-attacks-increasingly-sidestep-waf-protections/
The following PLXsert advisory came out last week, but I'm just back from vacation and catching up on what I missed. This one is high-risk and worth mentioning here. Public dumps of compromised data from several high-profile attacks have fueled an increase in automated and systematic attempts to reuse stolen credentials at multiple websites. The requests show user agents are systematically randomized. One of the most targeted sectors is online
The January meeting of OWASP Boston is Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., at Akamai Headquarters -- 150 Broadway, on the 2nd floor. Akamai CSIRT's Patrick Laverty will give a talk called "How a Hacker Views Your Web Site." Laverty offered these details of the talk: As defenders, we have to be right 100 percent of the time where an attacker only needs to be right once. The attack surface of a modern