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Being truly 'ready' for the holidays means different things to different people and organizations. For consumers, it is getting your house decorated, shopping done and enjoying time with both family and friends. For online retailers, it is finalizing deals, ensuring your website can handle the substantial increase in inbound traffic and of course, the elephant in the metaphorical room, web security and its importance in maintaining a positive brand reputation.

Protect Your Site From Hacking and Fraud During the Holidays

"The threat posed by distributed DoS [DDoS] and web application attacks continues to grow each quarter," said John Summers, vice president for Akamai's cloud security business sector. Malicious actors are continually changing the game by switching tactics, seeking out new vulnerabilities and even bringing back old techniques that were considered outdated.

The traffic on the Internet increased during the 2014 holiday season, so did the number of all types of attack traffic (including application-layer attacks and volumetric, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks) reported the Akamai's Threat Advisory.  Many attackers mask themselves in a sea of "good" online traffic by using proxy addresses that enable them to browse the web anonymously and without geographic origin. Most of these volumetric attacks originate from Bots, software applications that run automated tasks over the Internet.

Java Deserialization CVE-2015-4852 on Akamai

By Clark Shishido, Akamai SIRT Security Response Engineer


Applications written in Java commonly use a call-in function from a widely deployed library to decode data passed between computers. The call is java.io.ObjectInputStream.readObject from Apache commons-collection. 


An attacker can append arbitrary data to a base64 encoded serial data stream, which will then be deserialized when the data is read into a Java application. By appending malicious payloads to the stream, the attacker can execute arbitrary commands on a vulnerable server.



Surviving The Switch from SHA-1 to SHA-2

By Meg Grady-Troia and Bill Brenner


As we move toward 2016, browser developers have moved to retire the SHA-1 cryptographic hash algorithm in favor of SHA-2. Browsers are beginning to show warnings or errors for HTTPS connections made to servers presenting certificate chains signed using SHA-1.


Companies like Google, Mozilla, Microsoft and the CAB/Browser Forum have released their own descriptions of how they're managing the process. This post describes the Akamai-compatible workflow to help you manage the change process for your properties easily, regardless of the signatory Certificate Authority (CA) on your certificate.

The Rising Risk of Electronic Medical Records

By Bill Brenner, Akamai SIRT Senior Tech Writer


Akamai's Security Intelligence Research Team (SIRT) released a new whitepaper this morning about the rising risks medical organizations face as they become increasingly dependent on digitized record keeping.


The use of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and a more digitally integrated medical records system is no longer science fiction, and the task of securing sensitive medical data is a daunting challenge. The threat landscape continues to shift rapidly, and business responses need to keep up.


The whitepaper, written by Security Response Engineer Benjamin Brown, examines the risks, and outlines steps organizations can take to keep attackers at bay.

Akamai's Fast DNS Infrastructure battles Xor Botnet

By Bill Brenner, Akamai SIRT Senior Tech Writer

Xor, a Trojan malware attackers are using to hijack Linux machines to include within a botnet for distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaigns, appears to be behind an Oct. 13 attack against a customer using Akamai's FastDNS infrastructure.
It has been a busy week for Akamai and the Cloud Networking team.  In addition to launching our Cloud Networking solution category, we completed Edge, our annual customer conference, acquired Bloxx, a Secure Web Gateway company, and Orange Business Services and Deutsche Telekom announced that they selected Akamai Cloud Networking to power their business grade Internet solutions. So what does this mean for our customers?

We are happy to announce that Deutsche Telekom has selected Akamai Cloud Networking to enhance its IP-VPN portfolio. The new IP-VPN offering from Deutsche Telekom will utilize Akamai Cloud Networking Internet Transport Optimization capabilities to bolster the reliability and performance of enterprises' Internet IP-VPN traffic.

FinTech Landscape Comparison: U.K. vs. the U.S.

If you are a FinTech junkie like myself, you review dozens or articles each week from around the world to try to keep up with the latest hot news and hot companies in this space.  Many of the articles highlight recent startups, or report on the investments banks are making in specific companies or their own innovation centers to keep pace with this hot sector.  It's all very exciting, but it's hard to formulate a deeper understanding of the industry as a whole.

Operation Profile: Armada Collective

By Bill Brenner, Akamai SIRT Senior Tech Writer

In recent weeks, Akamai's Security Intelligence Research Team (SIRT) has investigated several DDoS attack campaigns targeting Akamai customers. The group responsible for these attacks calls itself "Armada Collective." Its tactics are similar to those used by the group DD4BC, where they threaten the victim with emails warning of an impending DDoS against their website unless a ransom is paid in Bitcoins.