Press Awareness 01/30/15: The Friday Five

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This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. Highlights include:


  1. Super Streaming
  2. State of the Internet…from a security perspective
  3. Keeping Krebs on Security online
  4. Speeding Delivery of The China Times
  5. Defining Broadband


Akamai Technologies will be live-streaming the Super Bowl this weekend

Boston Business Journal

January 30, 2015


NBC Sports Digital has again tapped Cambridge-based Internet content delivery service company Akamai Technologies to live-stream the Super Bowl XLIX — which will happen to feature the New England Patriots — this upcoming Sunday.


Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM), which previously delivered live-streaming capabilities for the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, has also powered live-streaming capabilities for the Super Bowl before.


"Expectations around major events have never been higher and the opportunity for new milestones is now. Three short years ago, NBC selected Akamai to help with the first live stream of the big game, and Akamai has been involved in delivering each one since, seeing appreciable growth year over year," said John Bishop is vice president & chief technology officer of Akamai's Media Business Unit, in a Friday blog post.


(See also The Akamai Blog)


DDoS-For-Hire Services Market Leads to Boom in DDoS Attacks: Akamai

Security Week

January 29, 2015


Cybercrime is an industry, and a growing market in that industry belongs to those ready to offer distributed denial-of-service attacks for a price, according to a new report from Akamai Technologies.


In its Q4 2014 State of the Internet report, Akamai's Prolexic Security Engineering and Research Team (PLXsert) blamed DDoS-for-hire services for the rise in reflection-based DDoS attacks. Nearly 40 percent of all DDoS attacks during the quarter used reflection techniques, which rely on Internet protocols that respond with more traffic than they receive and do not need an attacker to gain control over the server or the device.


(See also ZDNet, InfoSecurity Magazine, Help Net Security, Dark Reading, POLITICO, Silicon Week, Computerworld Australia, CSO Australia, Computer Business Review, TechTarget)


The Internet of Dangerous Things

Krebs on Security

January 29, 2015


KrebsOnSecurity is squarely within that 38 percent camp: In the month of December 2014 alone, Prolexic (the Akamai-owned company that protects my site from DDoS attacks) logged 26 distinct attacks on my site. That’s almost one attack per day, but since many of the attacks spanned multiple days, the site was virtually under constant assault all month…


In an advisory released in October 2014, Akamai warned of a spike in the number of UPnP-enabled devices that were being used to amplify what would otherwise be relatively small attacks into oversized online assaults.


Akamai said it found 4.1 million Internet-facing UPnP devices were potentially vulnerable to being employed in this type of reflection DDoS attack – about 38 percent of the 11 million devices in use around the world. The company said it was willing to share the list of potentially exploitable devices to members of the security community in an effort to collaborate with cleanup and mitigation efforts of this threat.


(For additional security thought leadership see also Actualizable,


Success Stories

Network Magazine

January 30, 2015


Before using Akamai CDN services, such a huge number of page views could easily slow down or even defeat a web server. But when the Akamai CDN service supports the newsletter, not only can it cope with these sudden influxes of traffic, but also maintain the extremely fast page loading speed on the client device readers.


The FCC wants your broadband Internet to be faster, so it changed the definition


January 29, 2015


Internet services will now need to provide download speeds of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 3 Mbps. The previous standard for broadband had been 4 Mbps download and 1Mbps upload. The current national average of Internet speeds in the U.S. is around 10.5 Mbps, according to a study from Internet infrastructure operator Akamai.

(Engadget, SILICON ANGLE, LA Times, Network World, IEEE Spectrum)