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Overview In recent weeks, a series of DDoS attacks were directed at multiple financial institutions. The attacks utilized a seldom seen reflection vector known as TCP SYN-ACK reflection. SYN-ACK reflection isn't new, but it's rarely observed due mostly to its lack of popularity among attackers and impact on the victim. The observed attacks sparked conversations both publicly and privately amongst several organizations, including Akamai. In this write-up, we're going to
On June 25th, I discovered a new bot named Silexbot on my honeypot. The bot itself is a blunt tool used to destroy IoT devices. Its author, someone who claims to be a 14-year-old boy from Europe, has made his intentions clear with some very distinct text embedded in the code.
Earlier this year, Akamai discovered a publicly available plug-in that is being used to collect analytics and various stats on a number of phishing campaigns. Using our own data, we were able to correlate the analytics and view the IP addresses of the victims, since the phishing campaigns were directing victims to one of our customers.
On March 3, 2019, Rio Sherri from MDSec discovered, and responsibily disclosed, an unauthenticated remote command execution (RCE) vulnerability in CloudTest, that affects all versions prior to 58.30. This vulnerability has been assigned to CVE-2019-11011. The discovered vulnerability existed due to an unsafe Java deserialization between certain parameters. After extensive testing, Akamai released a patch on March 7, 2019 and made it available to all CloudTest customers.
Introduction Since the release of the Mirai source code in October of 2016, there have been hundreds of variants. While publishing my own research, I noticed that Palo Alto Networks was also examining similar samples, and published their findings. Earlier this month, not too long after Palo Alto Networks published their report, I discovered a newer version of Echobot that uses 26 different exploits for its infection vectors. In some
Phishing is a multifaceted type of attack, aimed at collecting usernames and passwords, personal information, or sometimes both. Yet, these attacks only work so long as the phishing kit itself remains hidden. Phishing is a numbers game and time is a factor. The longer a phishing kit can remain active and undetected, the longer the scam can run. The longer the scam runs, the number of victims only increases.
Every day Akamai sees thousands of new phishing pages. Over the last few months one kit, and the pattern it represents, has stood out to our researchers. In today's post, we're going to explore this kit, how it came to be, and what its existence means to the public. Since December, Akamai has tracked the development and deployment of different phishing kits. Some of them are using an almost factory-like
Akamai's annual customer conference, Edge World, kicked off on June 10 in Las Vegas, so what better time for us to release our latest State of the Internet report? State of the Internet / Security Volume 5, Issue 3 is focused on web attacks and takes a deeper dive into credential abuse in the gaming industry.
While recently examining hundreds of phishing kits for ongoing research, Akamai discovered something interesting - several of the kits included basic vulnerabilities due to flimsy construction or reliance on outdated open source code. Considering the impact phishing kits have on the Internet and web hosting as a whole, the phrase "kicking someone when they're down" certainly come to mind.