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By Patrick Laverty, Clark Shishido, Dave Lewis, Mike Kun, Larry Cashdollar and Bill Brenner We're always concerned about where the next attack is coming from. We worry about DDoS, SQL injection, defacements and a host of other attack techniques. One attack in particular can bypass even the best security protections and give attackers the keys to the kingdom. That attack is called DNS Hijacking. This happens when attackers gain access
Last month, we released three new security whiteboard videos. Here's the whole package, for your viewing pleasure and ongoing security education. At Akamai, incidents happen daily. Despite strong controls, it's inevitable that problems will arise when so much content is being handled, processed and distributed within Akamai and on behalf of customers. To deal with that reality, the company has a set of procedures to manage incidents as they materialize.
A public vulnerability in the GNU C Library that could be exploited to take remote control of vulnerable Linux systems was recently disclosed. Akamai is aware of this disclosure and is currently evaluating its exposure to this vulnerability, if any. Specifically, the problem is a heap-based buffer overflow in the glibc's __nss_hostname_digits_dots() function used in gethostbyname() and gethostbyname2() glibc function calls. The vulnerability, commonly known as "Ghost" in the media,
A blizzard rages outside as I write this, and the governor of Massachusetts has banned travel on the roads. Many of us from Akamai's Cambridge headquarters will spend today at home, and possibly tomorrow.But Akamai will continue to run. Being spread across the globe makes that a given. It illustrates the power of redundancy.
Yesterday, my colleague Michael Smith shared a write-up on Akamai's Luna Authentication and Authorization services, telling his Twitter followers: "This will save your life if you are an Akamai customer. Set it up now." It is an important part of what we offer, and a refresher course is appropriate here as well. So here we go:
We continue to preview sections of the Q4 State of the Internet - Security Report due out next week. Last week we told you about a DDoS attack from a group claiming to be Lizard Squad and the unintended consequences of many bots, spiders and scrapers. Tuesday, we shared a history of malware evolution. Today, we preview the Attack Metrics/Trends section of the report, and what we see for the future.
With the Q4 State of the Internet - Security Report due out later this month, we continue to preview sections of it. Last week we told you about a DDoS attack from a group claiming to be Lizard Squad and the unintended consequences of many bots, spiders and scrapers. Today, we preview the evolution of malware -- including the way security researchers label it.
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.