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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

July 9, 2013 12:59 PM

Microsoft's July Patch Load: Many Critical Fixes

Microsoft has released seven security bulletins addressing 34 CVEs. Since so many Akamai customers run Windows environments, we find it important to let you know whenever these are rolled out.Jonathan Ness, an engineer for Microsoft's Security Response Center, says six bulletins have a maximum severity rating of critical, and one has a maximum severity rating of Important. Below is a table to help you prioritize patch deployments in your environment.BulletinMost

Akamai

Akamai

July 9, 2013 10:55 AM

The DDoS Paradox

According to the Department of Homeland Security, almost 50 US Financial Institutions have suffered more than 200 Distributed Denial of Service attacks since September 2012 . Because we protect the majority of world's biggest banks, asset management firms, and online brokers, Akamai is in the unique position of having witnessed and actively defended against many of these attacks, and can describe the evolution of attack targets as well as attack techniques. 

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

July 9, 2013 6:41 AM

Bracing For Fresh DDoS Attacks

This morning a story caught my attention regarding the potential for another wave of DDoS attacks. The article, by Tracy Kitten at Bank InfoSecurity, quotes researchers who see modifications being made to Brobot -- a favorite weapon in attacks against the banking sector. She wrote:Experts say distributed-denial-of-service attacks against U.S. banks are not over, despite what's now been a two-month cease-fire by the hacktivist group Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters. Security

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

July 9, 2013 4:31 AM

A Black Hat, DefCon and B-Sides survival guide

Many security professionals are making plans for a week in Las Vegas at the end of this month for three big InfoSec conferences: Black Hat, Defcon and BSidesLV. Several of us from Akamai InfoSec have been going for years and are familiar with what to expect and how to make the best use of our time there. If you're a first-time attendee, however, the experience can be overwhelming.For that reason, each

David Senecal

David Senecal

June 27, 2013 1:33 PM

Identifying and mitigating unwanted bot traffic

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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 27, 2013 1:16 PM

Opera Browser Hacked

A note of caution for Akamai customers and anyone else using the Opera web browser: Hackers have broken into Opera's internal network. As a result, thousands of users have been the unfortunate recipients of malware.According to a report on the E Hacking News site, the culprits were able to exploit an expired Opera code-signing certificate. "Cybercriminals used the certificate to send their malware and distributed the malicious software to thousands

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 27, 2013 5:35 AM

Experiencing Compliance From The Inside Out

One of the big educations I've been getting since joining Akamai's InfoSec group is what it's like to deal with the multiple tasks of compliance from within an organization. As a journalist, I always tackled the subject from the outside, where I'd ask a company which regulations they were bound by, and which security procedures they had adopted as a result.Now I'm inside a publicly-traded corporation that is on the

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 26, 2013 5:44 AM

Akamai InfoSec Has Become More Social

Akamai InfoSec has some new social networking accounts designed to keep the focus squarely on what our team is up to while inviting customers and the wider industry in to share ideas and ask us questions.In the past week we've created new pages on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ -- and we ask you all to "like," "follow" and add the team to your online social circles.For now, these accounts

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

June 25, 2013 9:31 AM

The Unforeseen Risk of Shared Services DDoS

A DDoS attack targeted at one web site is bad enough. But what happens when that single attack poses the distinct possibility of doing even more damage than originally intended. The kind of collateral damage I'm talking about is very real when you take into account IT architectures reliant on shared services. Shared services include anything that serves more than one application or set of users, for example:- Network infrastructure- Network bandwidth- Market