Chris Nicholson

Akamai Press Awareness 09/16/16: The Friday Five

Blog Post created by Chris Nicholson Employee on Sep 26, 2016


This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!


Highlights include:

  1. I fought the law…and the law won
  2. Don’t DoS me bro!
  3. Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you *keep* it a *secret*!
  4. Back in Amsterdam
  5. A Leighton, a Baker, some new Internet makers


Attack-for-Hire Teens Collared in Israel


September 14, 2016


For many online criminals, the use of as a Service offerings is a simple matter of dollars and cents, noted Josh Shaul, vice president of product management for security at Akamai.


"You get better return by using these services than you do by trying to build the skills yourself, and build your own tools and use them," he told TechNewsWorld.


(See also: Krebs on Security, HNGN, Tech Portal, Hot Hardware)


NTP Reflection Attacks Hit Record High


September 14, 2016


Distributed denial of service attacks that take advantage of misconfigured NTP servers were up 276 percent last quarter compared to the same time last year, reaching a new record high, according to a new report.


Part of the reason for the increase is economics, said report editor Martin McKeay, security advocate at Akamai Technologies.

In an NTP reflection campaign, the attacker sends a short message to an NTP server, and the NTP server replies with a significantly longer message. But instead of going back to the attacker, the response is addressed to the victim of the attack.


This allows the attacker to significantly magnify the amount of traffic hitting the victim all at once.


(See also: IT Wire, Security Intelligence, Tech Portal, The Register, Channel News, InfoSecurity, Telecompaper, CSO, Punto Informatico, DIMT, Dutch Cowboys, Emerce, El Mundo, Help Net Security, Global Security, Computerworld Italia, CE Today)


Nation States May Be Plotting Internet Takedown, Warns Cybersec Pro


September 14, 2016


A takedown of the entire Internet is not going to happen, contended Martin McKeay, security advocate at Akamai, because "it's a whole bunch of networks, and you're not going to take it down unless you take down all the circuits. You can take down a company, an organization, or part of a government -- but you can't really take down the Internet as a whole."


Communications links are too widespread for a global attack to succeed, he told TechNewsWorld. There are "a couple dozen terabit circuits from San Francisco alone, to Hong Kong and Tokyo and other places."


(See also: Le Mag IT, India Today)


IBC Q&A: Akamai’s Bishop on Rio 2016 streaming, future of live 4K, VR streaming

Sports Video Group

September 13, 2016


Akamai Technologies arrived at IBC 2016 fresh off a historic effort at Rio 2016, where NBC Olympics leveraged the company’s content-delivery network (CDN) and technology to support a monumental streaming operation, which comprises 3.3 billion total streaming minutes, 2.71 billion of them live. Also, 100 million unique users tuned in to NBC Olympics’ digital coverage over the course of the Games.

At the show, Akamai showcased a variety of its offerings, including Ingest Acceleration, Dynamic Encode to Entry-point Mapping (DEEM), Media Acceleration (including a demo of sub-10-second low-latency 4K-video delivery over the public internet), Ingest Monitoring and Reporting capabilities, and the production model for its Broadcast Operations Control Center (BOCC), which launched earlier this year.


SVG sat down with John Bishop, CTO, media, to discuss Akamai’s effort with NBC Olympics in Rio, how the BOCC operation is progressing, the state of live streaming in 4K and VR, and how he sees video-streaming data-rate capabilities increasing in the year ahead.


(See also: Panorame Audiovisual)

Did you know a Massachusetts company is behind about 1/3 of the internet?


September 12, 2016


Employing about 1,800 Massachusetts residents and 6,200 people around the world, Akamai is not the traditional internet company. Instead of creating content or apps, their office building in Camrbidge's Technology square -- and server farms around the world -- are dedicated to ensuring that the content of other businesses is available rapidly and securely.


"Wherever you are in the world, your browser or your device is connecting to one of our servers and we're going to get you the content that you want quickly and reliably," Leighton explained.


Gov. Baker was visiting Akamai's office Monday to celebrate the graduation of the students in the business' retraining program and welcome another class of students. Of the 24 students in the inaugural all-female class, 21 completed the five-month program.