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In recent days, we've been monitoring attempts by Anonymous and others to cause Internet disruptions during the World Cup. Here's how those attacks are playing out in the media.Related:World Cup 2014 Attack TargetsInternet Disruptions Possible During World Cup 2014Podcast: Online Extortion and World Cup Risks
Next week I'll be attending the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) annual Boston meet-up at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel along with several Akamai colleagues. FIRST is a global non-profit organization that brings together computer security incident response teams (CSIRTs) from over 240 corporations, government bodies, universities and other institutions spread across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
A look at the security issues making headlines so far this week: The €30k data takeaway: Domino's Pizza Faces Ransom Demand After Hack (The Guardian) Hackers have demanded a ransom of €30,000 (£24,000) from Domino's Pizza after stealing personal data on more than 600,000 of its French and Belgian customers. Ruling Raises Stakes for Cyberheist Victims (KrebsOnSecurity) A Missouri firm that unsuccessfully sued its bank to recover $440,000 stolen in
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