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- Everything Old is New Again
- School House Rock!
- One, Two, Three Seconds You’re Out
- Give Me an “O” Give Me a “T” Give Me a “T”
- Protecting Must See TV
August 22, 2017
The DDoS threat is increasing again. Pbot can generate 75 Gbps from just 400 nodes and Mirai has been commoditized. However, despite the growing number of attacks, the overall trend seems to be for more frequent, smaller attacks. These are the primary takeaways from a new Q2 study into internet traffic.
Akamai Technologies, a Cambridge, Mass.-based content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services provider with more than 233,000 servers in over 130 countries, has published its Q2 State of the Internet report (PDF). The report comprises analyses of attack data seen across this network. It shows that DDoS attacks have increased by a massive 28% over the previous quarter.
(See also: Hindustan Times, Beta News, India Times, International Business Times, Security Brief Europe, Help Net Security, Technology Decisions, InfoSecurity Magazine, The Hill, High Tech Bridge, IT Security Guru, Cyber News Group, TEISS, Federal Times, Silicon España, Smart Business, Dutch IT Channel, CyberScoop,MediaNama, Indian Express, Security Asia, eWeek, Bleeping Computer, London Loves Business, IT Pro Portal, Which 50, Clubic)
August 23, 2017
As the volume and rate of complex cyber-attacks such as malware, ransomware, DNS data exfiltration and phishing continue to rise exponentially, higher education institutions are now struggling to deal with a tsunami of threats. To add to the challenge, the vast majority of threats they face are engineered to target a specific institution and to exploit any vulnerabilities in its specific security systems and processes.
A system that becomes infected with malware presents a huge risk for any college or university. For example, in the case of an infected laptop, disconnecting the device from the network and removing the malware is time consuming and inconvenient, and there is a greater risk that a malware-infected laptop could be used to steal confidential data such as student information, financial data, usernames and passwords.
The financial and reputational impact that a data breach can have on an institution can be catastrophic, which is why cybersecurity is now a board agenda.
*Authored by Akamai Vice President of Public Sector, Tom Ruff
August 23, 2017
According to the recent State of Online Retail Performance by Akamai, retail businesses today face enormous challenges in delivering the fast, reliable, 24x7 omnichannel experience that users demand. And those users won’t wait around ‘til it’s right. 53% of mobile site visitors will leave a page that takes longer than three seconds to load, says the report.
The Online Retail Performance Report delivers insights into how web performance affects consumers and, ultimately, online businesses. The report explores the “magic number” for page load times and the impact of one-second performance improvements, or slowdowns, on conversion and bounce rates, as well as impact of performance on session length.
August 22, 2017
"Even twelve or 18 months ago, the industry was still trying to wrap its head around what OTT (over-the-top video) was and the implications," said Mark Ramberg, vice president of business development for media at Akamai, a networking company that has helped deliver streaming video for major global events such as the Olympics and the World Cup. "Now if you are not delivering content over the top, you are hardly relevant."
August 21, 2017
Distributors are struggling to stay current with the problem as well. As the backbone of the U.S. communications infrastructure, cable and telecom companies are in the crosshairs of hackers on a daily basis. Attacks that take down their services can cripple businesses, annoy consumers and wreak severe economic damage.
Sophisticated hackers can find a way to gain entry into company servers, stealing internal or customer data. In July, for example, Verizon Communications revealed that personal data for millions of its customers was exposed due to a misconfigured cloud server.
“Twenty years ago, I had an ISP look me straight in the eye and say, ‘We build the highway, how you choose to drive on it is up to you,’ ” Dave Lewis, global security advocate for content delivery network and cloud services provider Akamai, said. “Unfortunately, that sort of mentality just doesn’t hold water anymore, and they really need to take these sorts of things seriously.”
August 21, 2017
The Akamai real-time monitor isn't a typical cyber-attack map, but we've included it here because it does track attacks in addition to traffic on the internet. Once loaded, it's possible to see what regions in the world have the most traffic volume; in another tab, you can see what regions are experiencing the most attacks. Akamai says the data is presented in real-time.