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After Akamai acquired Prolexic several months back, a lot of people asked what it would mean in terms of the research we shared. Since then, quite a few Prolexic Security Engineering and Response Team (PLXsert) threat advisories have been published and distributed via the Akamai Blog and Akamai.com's security section. PLXsert monitors malicious cyber threats globally and analyzes DDoS attacks using proprietary techniques and equipment. Through attack data forensics and post-attack analysis,
The World Cup starts today, and Akamai security researchers are on the lookout for website attacks designed to exploit the event. We've already seen public threats from Anonymous.Related:Internet Disruptions Possible During World Cup 2014Podcast: Online Extortion and World Cup Risks
Microsoft released it's June 2014 Security Update Tuesday. The latest vulnerabilities to be addressed affect everything from Windows, Internet Explorer, Office to Microsoft Lync.
Akamai's PLXSert team has discovered new payloads from the Zeus crimeware kit in the wild, deeming it "high risk" in an advisory released this morning. The advisory says the Zeus framework has evolved from focusing on the harvesting of banking credentials to being used in the control of compromised hosts (zombies) for criminal activity, including distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and attacks customized for specific platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and software-as-a-service
This month's Microsoft Patch Tuesday has almost arrived. This time out the tech giant has given advance notification that there will be seven fixes rolled out including two critical patches. The issues that are tackled by these patches are remote execution bugs in Windows, Internet Explorer (versions 6-11 depending on OS level), Office and Lync. I should note that the two critical patches require a system restart after they are
Akamai CSIRT has identified a trend in online extortion that has the potential to impact customer websites and their users. Attackers are using reflected UDP to launch direct-to-origin denial of service attacks at e-commerce sites, then demanding payment to stop the attacks, CSIRT's Mike Kun wrote in an advisory. "We have seen these extortion attempts target e-commerce and retail sites, as well as online collaboration sites, but all sectors are
The OpenSSL Project today disclosed new vulnerabilities in the widely-used OpenSSL library. These are vulnerabilities that can potentially impact OpenSSL clients and servers worldwide. The most interesting is the ChangeCipherSpec Injection, which would enable a man-in-the-middle attack to force weaker ciphers into a communication stream. Akamai SSL services (both Secure Content Delivery and Secure Object Delivery) have been patched for this vulnerability. The other vulnerabilities are relatively uninteresting for our
Akamai Security Advocate Dave Lewis (@gattaca on Twitter) has written a new post for Forbes. He argues that we need to assume that our systems will fail and fail hard. "We need to build network security with failure in mind," he wrote. "There was once a notion of 'bricks and clicks' that was meant to demonstrate a delineation between retail and online presence. This too has fallen by the wayside as
Yesterday was my one-year anniversary at Akamai, and it's been a great learning experience. To measure the journey, I took a look at posts written in the past year. The following compilation captures the lessons that have made the biggest impression so far.