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January 13, 2015 2:00 PM

Open Redirect, XSS and SEO Attacks

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.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

January 13, 2015 11:30 AM

TCP Flag DDoS Attack by Lizard Squad Indicates DDoS ...

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

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

January 12, 2015 6:11 AM

ShmooCon Security Conference This Weekend

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.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

January 9, 2015 7:08 AM

Akamai InfoSec Staff Among "Top Influencers in Secur ...

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!

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

January 8, 2015 8:32 AM

Q3 2014 State of the Internet Report: Security Highl ...

This morning Akamai released its State of the Internet Report for the third quarter of 2014. Here are the security highlights:

Or Katz

Or Katz

January 7, 2015 12:00 PM

Cat and Mouse: Web Attacks Increasingly Sidestep WAF ...

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/

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

January 7, 2015 6:53 AM

Data Breaches Fuel Login Attacks

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

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

January 6, 2015 5:53 AM

January OWASP Boston Meeting at Akamai

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

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

January 5, 2015 7:42 AM

2015 Security Conferences: A Comprehensive List

Compiling a full list of security conferences for a 12-month period is hard. There are the obvious ones, like RSA, Black Hat and Defcon. But there are countless more with content and networking opportunities security practitioners can benefit from.To that end, I want to direct you to this excellent list from Henry Dalziel, a security blogger with Concise Courses. It's the most comprehensive list I've ever seen.