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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

July 9, 2014 4:58 AM

Blackshades RAT is a Serious Threat

Akamai's Prolexic Security Engineering & Research Team (PLXsert) is warning companies of stealth surveillance and computer hijacking attacks by the Blackshades Remote Administration Tool (RAT) crimeware kit. When malicious actors infect machines with the Blackshades RAT malware, they gain the ability monitor video and audio data, record keylogging information from the user, and harvest sensitive credentials to banking, email, websites and applications. Remote access capabilities also let attackers hijack victim

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

July 8, 2014 1:01 PM

Microsoft's July 2014 Patch Load

Microsoft released its July 2014 Security Update a few minutes ago. The latest vulnerabilities to be addressed affect everything from Windows and Internet Explorer to Microsoft Server Software. Here's the software giant's patching chart for the month:

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

July 8, 2014 5:10 AM

DEF CON Speaker Schedule is Live

The speaker schedule for DEF CON is now live on the event website. What follows are the talks that look particularly interesting. Note: What's listed is based on what interests me personally. It is not a full list, nor do I speak for the many Akamai colleagues who will also be there next month. 

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

July 7, 2014 4:59 AM

Talks of Interest at Black Hat USA 2014

A month from now I'll be at Black Hat USA 2014 with many of my Akamai colleagues. It's time to start thinking about the talks that will be most relevant to our interests. To that end, here's a look at some of the more interesting items on the agenda so far.Note: This is not the full agenda, nor is it an objective list. It captures the talks that look most

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 26, 2014 8:01 AM

State of the Internet: Fewer Attacks Than Previous Q ...

The latest Akamai State of the Internet Report is out. Here's a look at what we saw on the security front in the first quarter of 2014.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 25, 2014 9:13 AM

FirstCon14, As Seen from Twitter

As is the case with any conference, attendees can't be everywhere at once. If you attend one talk, you're missing a few others down the hall. If you can't attend, you miss everything.That's one of the things I love about Twitter: You can keep up with what's happening. Such is the case this week during the FIRST conference in Boston. As I attend my chosen talks, I'm keeping up with everything

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 24, 2014 3:07 PM

FirstCon14: Was Spafford Too Negative?

After security luminary Eugene Spafford gave a keynote at the FIRST conference in Boston this morning, some noted that his overall outlook was dark and depressing.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 24, 2014 9:53 AM

FIRSTCon14: Are CERTS the Janitors of InfoSec?

Security luminary Eugene Spafford gave a rather bleak assessment of the state of the industry in his FIRST Conference keynote this morning. His focus of gloom: Patches. Specifically, the addiction companies and organizations have to patching, at the expense of building more ironclad systems.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 24, 2014 5:51 AM

FIRST Conference Podcasts and Tweets

I'm at the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) annual meet-up at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, and will be blogging about some of the talks in the coming days. But for those who can't make it, I want to direct you to the FIRST homepage, where you can keep track of the action and soak in some of the experience.Two cool noteworthy items here:First, there are several podcasts