Chris Nicholson

Akamai Press Awareness 03/09/18: The Friday Five

Blog Post created by Chris Nicholson Employee on Mar 9, 2018


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. Lessons learned in retail
  2. DDoS ransom notes
  3. Power of the platform
  4. More GitHub
  5. Cyberthreats in connected technology


3 Lessons Learned From Retail’s Most Successful Shopping Season in History


March 8, 2018


Based on Akamai’s holiday data, Akamai’s Ari Weil expands on the following three tips and actionable steps that retailers can take to deliver the shopping experiences their customers want:

Prioritize mobile

Don’t sleep on international holidays

Optimize for both Android and iOS



Hackers Are Stuffing DDoS Attacks with Monero Ransom Notes


March 2, 2018


Akamai’s Chad Seaman and Lisa Beegle spoke with Fortune on the new trend of hackers stuffing ransom notes into inbound attack traffic. “It’s actually like a DDoS attack with a phishing attack with an extortion attack all rolled into one,” Chad told Fortune. Lisa added, “We’ve seen dozens upon dozens of extortion requests, but never in the payload itself, so to speak.”


(See also: Nextgov, TechCrunch, Tom’s Hardware, Mashable, TechSpot, PYMNTS, HackRead, SecurityWeek, In Business)



Wall Street Take Note: Akamai Is A Platform, You Can’t Separate Their Media Business


March 8, 2018


Dan Rayburn writes about the power of the Akamai platform and the innovations being made for the future of online content delivery. “Focusing on protocols and new distribution techniques is a bet that Akamai is making on their long term plan and Akamai recently combined their carrier and media business, since more content is becoming available through service provider channels.”



GitHub suffers biggest ever DDoS, goes down for just 10 minutes

Digital Journal

March 5, 2018


Widespread coverage of Akamai helping GitHub to fend off last week’s record-breaking DDoS attack continued in numerous publications this week, including Digital Journal. The story explains how migrated its service to Akamai, the Akamai CDN platform, providing “additional edge network capacity to help mitigate the impacts of the DDoS and keep the service available to users. This process was initiated at 17:26 UTC on Wednesday – 5 minutes after the attack commenced – and completed within 4 minutes. It succeeded in mitigating the attack by blocking it at the edge of Akamai's cloud.”


(See also: Forbes, ArsTechnica, IB Times India, MyBroadband, Naked Security, PC Authority, Fudzilla, SC Magazine, E Hacking News, InfoRisk Today, Directors Talk, Technology Decisions, Nigeria Sun)



Five worrying cyberthreats to connected tech

The Times/Raconteur

March 7, 2018


The Times supplement, “Industry 4.0,” focuses on the manufacturing sector and includes an interview with Akamai’s Bernd Koenig in which he discussed the challenges that can come with an increasingly web-enabled supply chain. According to Bernd, “Poor security procedures somewhere down the supply chain can mean that malware is passed from client to client, infecting them all along the way.”