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Get ready for the next DDoS attack

When the first DDoS attack took place more than 20 years ago, the intent was to disrupt a university, not necessarily cause economic or physical damage. But it was so successful that we saw repeat attacks on major global websites, including Amazon, Yahoo and CNN. Today, DDoS has become one of the more damaging cyberthreats…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Featured, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

Media companies need to lock down content systems as fake news invades

Social media companies have started to become more efficient at recognizing and taking down fake accounts designed to spread fake news and propaganda. But operators of traditional media websites and other digital platforms that regularly publish vital news information to the public may also want to train themselves be on the lookout for disinformation secretly…
Akamai NOCC
Coronavirus, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

Rise in DDoS attacks lost in pandemic

Though they might get lost in all the other security threats exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, DDoS attacks, unsurprisingly, ticked up during the first part of 2020, most handily absorbed by the internet backbone – and the defensive efforts of targeted companies. Disruptions at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon and streaming companies in mid-June stoked…
Executive Insight, Opinion, Women in Security

Including gender balance in security: The Journey of a CSO team

Over 40 percent of personnel on the Akamai InfoSec team are women. That’s in an industry where, depending on who you ask and how you measure, somewhere between 10percent and 15percent of entry-level positions are filled by women. And while I’d like to say that my team has always been this balanced in representation, it…
Security News

2020 cybersecurity predictions

Curtis Simpson, CISO, Armis Voice Deepfakes will become the new phishing bait: C-level executives, politicians and other high-profile individuals are already high-risk targets for standard email phishing attacks given their level of access and financial decision making within their organization. With advancements in the deepfake voice technology, I expect a rise of voice phishing schemes…
Features, Security News

Cybersecurity takes the stage

No longer just the concern of IT, cybersecurity is the bad boy headliner that dominates centerstage and all stages beyond.  Teri Robinson reports.  At the recent Lonestar Blues and Heritage Festival in, where else, Texas, fans bounced between the main stage where headliners strutted their stuff and the porch stage where more modest acts plucked their guitars – and…
Executive Insight, Opinion

Is 5G the security silver bullet for system integrators in the West?

U.S. vs. China heavyweight fight not ending soon As we endure the ongoing U.S. vs. China trade talks, it has become increasing clear that the U.S. administration’s on-again off-again relationship with China is not going to change.  The U.S. is seeking a reset in its relationship with China including better protections for American IP, and…
Cybercrime, Gaming, Network Security, Security News

Attackers leveraging WS-Discovery protocol to amplify attacks

A recently discovered distributed denial of service technique that abuses the Web Services Dynamic Discovery specification is being executed in the wild by multiple threat actors to amplify the effects of their attacks, researchers have warned. The technique is a User Datagram Protocol (UDP) Amplification technique that involves spoofing requests to the WS-Discovery service. WS-Discovery…
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Silex bricks 2,000 plus IoT devices, 14 year-old author has bigger plans for botnet

A new malware dubbed Silex has bricked at least 2,000 IoT devices in an ongoing campaign that is expected to intensify in the coming days. In the early hours of June 25, Akamai researcher Larry Cashdollar first spotted the malware targeting Unix-based systems with default credentials and trashing the device’s storage, dropping its firewall rules, removing…
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