Chris Nicholson

Akamai Press Awareness 09/08/17: The Friday Five

Blog Post created by Chris Nicholson Employee on Sep 10, 2017

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. Mad Skills
  2. Some More Thoughts on Web Security
  3. WireX, Now With More UDP!
  4. Still More from the State of the Internet / Security Report
  5. Internet Down Under


Azure, Google Cloud Skills More in Demand than AWS

Computer Business Review

September 4, 2017


The Akamai analysis also found that the demand for cloud application management, particularly Microservice skills, had increased by a huge 114 per cent.


Ian Florey, Solutions Engineering Manager at Akamai UK comments: “These figures are encouraging for young students considering a career in the cloud industry. The demand for increasingly complex and specific cloud skills is a sign that the UK is moving beyond simply adopting the cloud, to embracing the benefits it can provide.”


(See also: Cloud Pro UK, Business Matters, Information Age, Small Business)


Cybersecurity: Not Just a Flash in the Pan*

Business Today

September 7, 2017


Clearly, cybersecurity has become increasingly popular over the past year. The next step is deciphering what this popularity means. Little can be achieved through further dissection of the debit card hack of 2016, in which a hack hit major Indian banks, compromising 3.2 million debit cards, in one of the biggest ever financial data breaches in India. It, however, does gives rise to a point worth deliberating - that of 'collaboration'.


A popular phrase is, "hindsight is 20/20", and the loopholes that led to the debit card hack now seem preventable. What would be worth ascertaining is if collaboration could have solved the problem? And what kind of collaboration - between individual corporates and governments? Should it be between government agencies? Should businesses collaborate? Should governments be the only ones who collaborate with businesses? What is an acceptable way out in a competitive global business environment?


*Authored by Akamai’s Regional Director, Web Division Anand Venkatraman


Variant of Android WireX Bot Delivers Powerful UDP Flood Attacks

Security Week

September 6, 2017


The bot spins up 50 threads. Each thread runs until 10,000,000 packets have been directed at the target, and is replaced by the next thread. "It is possible," writes Akamai, "a victim could receive many more than 500,000,000 packets per a given attacking source.  At these rates, a single host is capable of generating over 250GB of attack traffic per attack directive received."


The attack rate is dependent on the speed of the delivering device and its network connections. "The code does not throttle the attack, and as a result will use all resources available on the device. We noticed our Android phone got surprisingly hot to the touch as a result."


DDoS Attacks on the Rise

Gears of Biz

September 5, 2017


Akamai has released its Q2 2017 State of the Internet Security Report, which shows that distributed denial of service (DDoS) and web application attacks are on the rise.


Contributing to the rise was the PBot DDoS malware, which re-emerged as the foundation of the strongest DDoS attacks seen by Akamai in Q2.


Attackers were able to create a mini-DDoS botnet capable of launching a 75Gbps DDoS attack.


Interestingly, the Pbot botnet was comprised of only 400 nodes, yet was able to generate a significant level of attack traffic.


(See also: Gears of Biz, Computing España, Corriere delle Comunicazioni,,,,


OVO Mobile Taps into NBN Discontent

The Australian

September 5, 2017


Mobile speeds in Australia are moving upwards. According to Akamai’s “2017 State of the Internet” report, mobile broadband is 41 per cent faster on average compared with fixed broadband in Australia, and is improving almost twice as fast. While the global report ranked Australia 50th in the world for average fixed-broadband speed, it placed Australia seventh for mobile data speed.


The other notable characteristic in the local mobile market is the intensity of investment in networks. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are all pumping more money into expanding coverage and quality and Mr Jones said all signs point to mobile services becoming far more attractive to households.

(See also: The New Daily, ZD Net, IT Wire)