Chris Nicholson

Akamai Press Awareness 12/1/17: The Friday Five

Blog Post created by Chris Nicholson Employee on Dec 4, 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. State of the Internet - Security
  2. India’s tech future
  3. The bottom line on threats
  4. Cybercrime and the holidays
  5. The next-gen CDN revolution


IoT, Android Botnets Emerge as Powerful DDoS Tools: Akamai


November 28, 2017


Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks observed during the third quarter employed familiar vectors, but a newcomer that made headlines for abusing Android devices is expected to evolve, a new Akamai report suggests.


This new threat is the Android-based WireX botnet, which managed to infect 150,000 devices within a matter of weeks, the company’s Third Quarter, 2017 State of the Internet / Security Report (PDF), points out. Distributed through legitimate-looking infected apps in Google Play, the botnet managed to spread fast and might have grown even bigger if it wasn’t for the joint effort of several tech companies.

Akamai, which was involved in the botnet’s takedown, expects WireX to persist, evolve, and flourish, the same as the infamous Mirai Internet of Things (IoT) botnet did. Highly active last year, Mirai had a much lower presence on the threat landscape during Q3, with the largest attack powered by it only peaking at 109 Gbps (gigabit per second).


(See also: The Cyberwire, eWeek, TechRepublic, Global Security Mag, L’Informticien, Computerwelt, Manage IT, Linea EDP, EMERCE, Security.NL, Executive People, Computer World, Silicon ES, Inside IT, ITProPortal, SC Magazine, ARN, CIO Australia, BGR, Business Standard, Firstpost, The Hindu, The Indian Express,Times Now, Yourstory, Astro Awani,



Digital revolution: India’s $1 trillion tech future depends on the next 500 million people online


November 27, 2017


The next cyber wave is approaching, are you prepared for it? In the coming year, India will celebrate 23 years of commercial access to the Internet and while this happens, we surely have come a long way from the unending dial-up sound to the super-fast speeds as we know them today. The rise of the Internet and its history offers great perspective into what lies ahead for one of the fastest growing economies in the world.


Starting in the late 90’s, Internet adoption spread across business segments and spearheaded the dotcom boom. The journey leading up to this point has landmarks like the opening up of this sector by the Government by allowing private ISPs to set up infrastructure and the formation of industry bodies like NASSCOM which promoted the growth of IT in the country. Within this context, the Internet went from a form of communication to one of the main mediums over which business is conducted today. So much business, in fact, that according to Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of IT and Electronics, Government of India, India’s digital economy is expected to be 1 trillion dollars in the next three to five years.


*Byline by Akamai Regional Sales Manager Sandeep Reddy



Advanced, Targeted Threats: What do They Mean for Your Bottom Line?

November 26, 2017


While there are different cyber-attacks targeting against enterprises, one of them is “Advanced Persistent Threat” (APT). The author has then analyzed how huge the business impact will be by looking into the costs enterprises spent on dealing with APTs. It is revealed that an enterprise may spend most on dealing with the damage to brand and reputation brought by APTs. Besides, while facing data breach, an enterprise also needs to spend a lot on customer and crisis management, incident response, and legal fees etc.  More importantly, a research indicates that the average, global total cost of a data breach equals $4 million among companies. These show that enterprises are spending a lot on the business impact brought by cyber-attacks. In view of this, the author has finally stressed the importance of enterprises to employ industry benchmarks to evaluate their financial exposure and layered defense to ward off cybercrimes.


*Byline by Akamai Director of Product Marketing Lorenz Jakober



Cyber Matters: Seasonal Cybercrime will Accompany Holiday Sales

WSJ PRO Cybersecurity

November 30, 2017


The increase in e-commerce sales, starting with the annual Black Friday bonanza and continuing through the beginning of new year, will bring a proportional increase in attempted fraud as cybercriminals seek to capitalize on a surge in internet traffic to cover their nefarious activity.


“Attackers tend to get more active when the internet gets more active and some of that activity will be designed to disrupt the online commerce,” said Josh Shaul, vice president of web security at Akamai Technologies Inc., a content delivery and cloud security company. “Online retailers are very busy during the holiday season and will have less capacity for identifying attacks, and less capacity for identifying the fraud that results from those attacks.”



How Does Akamai Lead the Next-Generation CDN Revolution in Current CDN Landscape?


November 27, 2017


The rapid development of CDN industry has been driving players to revolutionize themselves accordingly.


The rise of the Internet has completely transformed the way people live. Information is now easily accessible in just seconds, but on the flip side, the increase in size of every web component, such as social network widgets, advertising and tracking scripts as well as web fonts, also makes page weight quite heavy and affects website performance – the bigger a page is, the longer it takes to download the required resources and display it.


CDN plays an increasingly prominent role in speeding up the Internet. When it comes to CDN, we will inevitably mention the name of the CDN inventor and the world's first CDN services provider — Akamai.


(See also: Sohu, baijiahao, NetEase, iFeng, hksilicon)





1 million people watching simultaneously: The future of internet streaming with "DAZN"

Nikkei Technology Online                               

November 30, 2017


There used to be many negative views like, “It is impossible to realize the live-streaming delivery of sporting events where more than tens of thousands of people are watching at the same time”, but that is in the past. What has changed? We asked Perform Group CTO Florian Diederichsen about the current landscape and the future of OTT for sports.


Has there been any major technical progress in deploying the live distribution of sports on a large scale?


The biggest progress has been in the "last mile," in other words, the spread of Fiber to the Home (FTTH). In theory, many users now have access to an internet connection from several Mbps to 1 Gbps.


At DAZN, we use U.S. Akamai Technologies, the largest CDN provider. We have worked with Akamai for about 10 years, but even with the company's technology, and the capacity of the edge - the bit rate of the last one mile wasn’t enough 10 years ago.