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It's been a year of major security vulnerabilities. Last week we worked to mitigate the Poodle vulnerability. Two weeks before that was Shellshock and in April we had Heartbleed. All have shaken the security industry to the core, and Akamai staff have spent countless hours working to protect customers against these threats.To get a wider perspective of our actions in the face of such incidents, here's a collection of resources
The Boston Application Security Conference (BASC) was this past weekend, and Patrick Laverty from Akamai InfoSec's CSIRT team gave a talk called "How Hackers View Your Web Site." Patrick recorded the talk and posted it on his YouTube channel. Like everything he does, it's quite good. So I'm sharing it here. Laverty described his talk this way:"As defenders, we have to be right 100% of the time where an attacker
The Poodle attack (CVE-2014-3566) raised many questions from our customers, peers, auditors, and prospects. This post addresses some of the most frequently asked questions, and provides an update on how Akamai is handling its operations during this industry-wide event. For a basic background on Poodle, please read Akamai CSO Andy Ellis's overview blog post, or Akamai Security Researcher Daniel Franke's in-depth analysis.
Attackers are using Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) devices to launch massive DDoS assaults, Akamai's Prolexic Security Engineering & Research Team (PLXsert) warned this morning in an advisory.PLXsert estimates that 4.1 million UPnP devices are potentially vulnerable to exploits used for reflection DDoS attacks. That's about 38 percent of the 11 million devices in use around the world. PLXsert plans to share the list of potentially exploitable devices to
An attack affectionately known as "POODLE" (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption), should put a stake in the heart of SSL, and move the world forward to TLS. There are two interesting vulnerabilities: POODLE, and the SSL/TLS versioning fallback mechanism. Both of these vulnerabilities are discussed in detail in the initial disclosure. POODLE POODLE is a chosen-plaintext attack similar in effect to BREACH; an adversary who can trigger requests from
The following is an excerpt from Akamai Security Researcher Daniel Franke's blog post on the POODLE vulnerability. Bodo Möller, Thai Duong, and Krzysztof Kotowicz have just broken the internet again with POODLE, a new and devastating attack against SSL. POODLE, an acronym for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption, permits a man-in-the-middle attacker to rapidly decrypt any browser session which utilizes SSL v3.0 -- or, as is generally the case,
Microsoft released its October 2014 Security Update Tuesday. Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Developer Tools and .NET Framework are among the items affected.Here is the full patch matrix:
When you consider security solutions, there is no catchall Internet security solution that addresses every web application security challenge. A multi-layered approach to Internet security is the most effective way to guard against all types of cyber-attacks, including DDoS, application-layer attacks and data breaches. But this is much more security technology and tools. You need to add what we call "Internet hygiene" to your defenses - taking internal measures to
Articles I'm reading include such topics as the mounting cost of social engineering, the Mayhem Botnet's exploitation of Shellshock, and some tips for better security in the healthcare industry.