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I recently attended Thotcon in Chicago, where I saw a presentation by Avishay Zawoznik called, "V!4GR4 BotNet: Cyber-Crime, Enlarged". It describes the processes, by a black hat, that used SQL injection to inject Viagra spam into vulnerable websites. The main takeaway was that the speaker talked about how compromised wordpress websites were used as webshells to operate the spam campaign from. I originally was under the assumption that websites were
Written by the Akamai Threat Research Team Akamai Threat Research has observed an increase in attacks attempting to exploit a recent Drupal vulnerability (CVE-2018-7600). Much like recent vulnerabilities in Apache Struts, attackers have attempted to use this exploit for remote command injection attacks and to harness the power of the botnet to join a herd of coin-miners for profit. While the attacker did not use a large number of machines
Written by Lisa Beegle OVERVIEW Operation #OpIcarus2018 has been announced and it encompasses several on-going campaigns, including #OpPayBack, #OpIcarus, #DeleteTheElite, and #SosNicaragua. The attack campaign(s) are being driven by actors using Anonymous iconography and ideological motives. These malicious actors have stated their intent to attack various banking institutions between June 21 through 28 2018. Targeted enterprises need to be on heightened alert leading up to these dates, as there are
Why do we need a Knowledge Base system Let me start with an obvious statement: the Internet generates a lot of data. Every day we, Akamai's security research teams, see billions of DNS queries, millions of domains, and who knows how many IP addresses. This is an exciting thing, especially if you're a data scientist. In the past year, we have taken on a "simple task": to map the "dark
Ryan Barnett, Principal Security Researcher, Akamai Elad Shuster, Senior Security Researcher, Akamai During its research into Credential Abuse attack campaigns, Akamai's threat research team conducted an analysis of web logins to gain insights into how widespread the adoption of API-based logins is and whether or not this trend also affects attackers and attack campaigns. It will come as no surprise that API-based logins are highly targeted by credential abuse attackers
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is a widely used protocol with a decade-long history of flawed implementations across a wide range of consumer devices. In this paper, we will cover how these aws are still present on devices, how these vulnerabilities are actively being abused, and how a feature/vulnerability set that seems to be mostly forgotten could lead to continued problems in the future with DDoS, account takeover, and malware
Ryan Barnett, Principal Security Researcher, Akamai Elad Shuster, Senior Security Researcher, Akamai API Overview Application Programming Interfaces (API) are a software design approach which enables software and system developers to integrate with other systems based on a defined set of communication methods. APIs serve as software building blocks and allow for software reuse - essentially allowing fast development of new systems based on existing capabilities.
Overview Credential abuse (CA) is a trend that is here to stay. It affects almost every one of us. There are attackers trying to break into every online account and the vast majority of these attacks are happening silently in the background. In the past, credential abuse tools were written and distributed in closed forums and among air-gapped societies. Now, they are widely available; there is a highly active market
Over the past week, memcached reflection attacks have taken the DDoS scene by storm. With several attacks hitting organizations across many industries, including a record breaking 1.3Tbps attack against an Akamai customer. Akamai has observed a new trend in extortion attempts using memcached payloads to deliver the message.