Articles about Akamai

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

More than half the population does not believe it is has access to superfast broadband – despite the government promising that 95 per cent of the country will have 24Mbps next year. In a survey of just over 2,000 adults conducted by global research biz TNS on behalf of broadband pusher ViaSat, just 48 per cent believed they …
Kat Hall, 22 Nov 2016
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Telstra launches Australian homes onto the Internet of S**t

Telstra's decided that Australian homes aren't insecure enough, launching its very own Internet of S**t Things offering based mostly on generic home-branded kit. The service, offered to Testra and non-Telstra broadband users, currently comes in two starter flavours: a home security offering with window sensors and camera; or …
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Was IoT DDoS attack just a dry run for election day hijinks?

Comment The distributed denial of service attack that took down DNS provider Dyn, and with it access to a chunk of the internet, was one of the largest such assaults seen. The attack exploited Internet of Things devices – notably webcams built by XiongMai Technologies. The gadgets had default login passwords that allowed them to be …
John Oates, 08 Nov 2016
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Melbourne Cup is 'top op for hacked camera DDoS extortionists'

"The race that stops a nation" could also stop betting agencies if the regular barrage of timely distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) extortionists utilise insecure embedded devices, Akamai says. The Melbourne Cup, scheduled for 3pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, is the richest two mile handicap race in the world with prize money …
Darren Pauli, 31 Oct 2016

Irish activists fight EU-US privacy pact as tech giants flock to sign up

An Irish privacy advocacy group has filed a legal challenge against the US-EU Privacy Shield data transfer framework, on grounds of its allegeldy lax privacy protections. The framework, which underpins billions of dollars in trade, pierces the tough shell of EU privacy laws by allowing US businesses to ship personal data …
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2016

Divide the internet into compartments to save us from the IoT fail whale

The best way of protecting us from Internet of Things botnets is to compartmentalise the entire internet, Intel’s chief architect for IoT security solutions has said. Sven Schrecker, speaking exclusively to The Register at IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona, also branded the potential impact of IoT botnets as ‘“ …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Oct 2016
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Akamai rides on the botnet's back to US$584 million quarter

Cloud computing security has driven a 6 per cent year-on-year revenue growth for Akamai, up from $US551 million last year to $584 million for Q3 2016. The company's third quarter financial report shows its performance and security business unit turned in $345 million in revenue, 19 per cent higher than for the same quarter in …

IoT insecurity: US govt summons tech bosses, bashes heads together

There are two things that everyone agrees on when it comes to the internet of things (IoT). First, security is a problem. And second, their approach is the best one. The US government held a one-day meeting in Austin, Texas, today with the sole focus on a specific issue: the ability to upgrade and patch internet-connected …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Oct 2016
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No, Russia is not tapping into Syria's undersea internet cables

Rumours abound on odder corners of the internet that a Russian signals intelligence ship has tapped into one of the main internet cables serving Syria. Sadly for the conspiraloons, it's almost certainly not true. Various tinfoil hat nutters on Twitter – and, rather embarrassingly, Vice Media's tech offshoot Motherboard – are …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Oct 2016
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Decade-old SSH vuln exploited by IoT botnet armies to hose servers

Hackers are exploiting a 12-year-old vulnerability in OpenSSH to funnel malicious network traffic through Internet of Things (IoT) gizmos, Akamai warns. The SSHowDowN Proxy attack [PDF] exploits a lingering weakness in many default configurations of internet-connected embedded devices. Compromised gadgets are being abused to …
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2016
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Trust the cloud, we’re getting the hang of securing it, says Unisys security chief

IPExpo Everyone’s starting to believe in public cloud but security remains an uphill battle, Unisys’ chief trust officer Tom Patterson told The Register this morning. “There are no four walls any more,” he said, sipping a cappuccino in London’s ExCel conference centre and referring to the traditional security model where threats were …
Gareth Corfield, 06 Oct 2016

SANS issues call to arms to battle IoT botnets

The SANS Institute is hoping sysadmins can help it to do what vendors won't: improve Internet of Things security. The call comes in the wake of not one but two IoShitT-based botnet attacks – the 600 Gbps-plus slam that sent security publication Krebs on Security from Akamai to Google Shield, and the same botnet escalating to …

FCC death vote looms for the Golden Age of American TV

Special report We’re living in a “Golden Age of TV”, and the United States makes the most envied popular TV drama in the world. Breaking Bad, The Sopranos and The Wire raised the bar for everyone in TV drama. More cash is invested in content: last year Netflix alone spent more on shows than either the BBC or HBO. It takes more risks and …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Sep 2016
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No wonder we're being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing?

Internet of Things devices are starting to pose a real threat to security for the sensible part of the web, Akamai's chief security officer Andy Ellis has told The Register. Speaking in the aftermath of the large DDoS against security journalist Brian Krebs, Ellis elaborated a little on the makeup of the botnet which took down …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Sep 2016
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152k cameras in 990Gbps record-breaking dual DDoS

The world's largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack has been clocked from the same network of 152,463 compromised low-powered cameras and internet-of-things devices which punted a media outlet off the internet. Last days, we got lot of huge DDoS. Here, the list of "bigger that 100Gbps" only. You can see the …
Team Register, 27 Sep 2016

Security man Krebs' website DDoS was powered by hacked Internet of Things botnet

The huge distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack which wiped security journalist Brian Krebs' website from the internet came from a million-device-strong Internet of Things botnet. "Attack appears to include numerous IoT devices, including security cameras. Still itemizing them," an Akamai spokesman told El Reg by email. …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Sep 2016
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Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS

Google has provided free distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) mitigation services to security publication Krebs on Security, stepping in after Akamai withdrew support. The information security site was last week hammered with a 620Gbps DDoS attack, widely rated one of the world's largest by volume of junk data. …
Darren Pauli, 26 Sep 2016
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IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

IPv4 address exhaustion is making it harder to measure the size of the Internet, even as IPv6 deployment accelerates. While IPv6 activity doubled in 2015 (to 400 million addresses by year-end), the vast majority of users are still on IPv4 addresses, mostly via dynamic assignment or behind carrier-grade Network Address …
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DDoSers do it more now, but they do it less fiercely*

The number of distributed denial of service attacks has doubled over the last 12 months. Akamai reports that Q2 saw a 129 per cent year-on-year increase in total DDoS attacks. During the second quarter, Akamai mitigated a total of 4,919 attacks, one of which (against a media company) reached an eye-watering 363n Gbps. Although …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2016
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Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

Comment How do Blighty’s future broadband plans compare to its Irish neighbour, which arguably has its sights on a much more ambitious target than BT? The UK’s state-subsidised broadband deployment scheme ends next year, with the scheme on track to deliver “super fast” coverage to 95 per cent of Great Britain. Plans for connecting …
Kat Hall, 29 Aug 2016

Iraq internet shutdowns

Iraq has continued its extraordinary policy of shutting down the entire country's internet in order to prevent exam cheating. Several internet traffic observers including Akamai and Dyn Research have been amazed at the frequency this year however – no fewer than eight times in ten days, with the break coming at the weekend. …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Aug 2016
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Let's Encrypt ups rate limits

Let's Encrypt has revised its rate limits to make life easier for large organisations and hosting providers who use its services. The certificate authority set up rate limits for cert creation as a defence against hacker interference and denial of service attacks. However the limitation created problems for internet service …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2016
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Akamai, Limelight bury hatchet (not in each other) to end patent spat

Internet backbone facilitators Akamai Technologies and Limelight Networks have agreed to end their long-running patent battle, and instead forge a $54m licensing agreement. The deal will see Limelight pay the $54m to Akamai in a set of 12 installments beginning this month. In exchange, Akamai agreed to drop the $51m letter of …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Aug 2016

Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO

Tomorrow UK comms watchdog Ofcom will announce its plans for strengthening Openreach’s independence from BT and creating a more competitive UK broadband market. That follows a damning report by MPs last week that warned if BT doesn't get its house in order and address its significant under-investment in Blighty's …
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2016

DDoS, the cloud and you

Private cloud computing can be a useful way to offload some computing overhead and manage your costs effectively. The switch to operating expenses from capital expenses, the elasticity, the business continuity benefits – they're all real. But so are the dangers of DDoS disaster. There's a problem with moving your servers and …
Danny Bradbury, 21 Jul 2016
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NetApp CEO Kurian: Buying SolidFire was a long-term strategic bet

Interview Chief executives of multi-billion dollar corporations have to have several characteristics, including steel, the ability to see things as they are, and possession of a personal value system that meshes with their corporation’s culture. Some CEOs, when promoted to the top chair after long employment in a corporation, sometimes …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016

Three years in: Can Kurian heal sickly NetApp's woes?

Profile After three years of flat and declining revenues, NetApp needs to regain its mojo and George Kurian is the CEO tasked with doing just that. Kurian, a year into his CEO role, is running NetApp at a time when this external array company par excellence is facing numerous threats: rampant all-flash array competition, hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2016

Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

An Australian sysadmin frustrated with his business' sudden loss of performance has sparked a conversation about whether Windows 10 is behaving badly on network connections. To jump well into the discussion thread that points the finger at Microsoft: “We have had reports now from several people, not all our clients, reporting …
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Akamai-oh-my: Network biz coughs up $650k over China bribes rap

Content delivery network Akamai will pay the US government more than $650k to settle charges it bribed Chinese officials to secure service contracts. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that it has inked a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with Akamai that includes the network pipeline specialist paying back $ …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jun 2016
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TFTP abused by DDoSsers

Crooks have come up with a new technique for swamping websites with junk traffic. Miscreants have begun using a DDoS reflection and amplification method that abuses TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol), Akamai reports. TFTP is mostly a LAN service used for configuration of devices such as phones and initial installations of …
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2016
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Sure, let's build the NBN with technology that's not proven at scale

Comment Internet Australia's new National Broadband Network (NBN) policy advocates using a technology yet to be proven to work at scale. The organisation last week decided to update its policy from one I surmise as “never compromise: only fibre-to-the-premises will do” to advocating fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTDP) rollout as …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2016

Anonymous whales on Denmark, Iceland with OpKillingBay DDoS

A pair of Akamai researchers are warning that entities using the name and iconography of hacker collective Anonymous will soon expand a six-year distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack campaign against Japan to other whale-and-dolphin-eating nations. The operation, dubbed KillingBay, is detailed in a report [PDF] and is …
Darren Pauli, 22 Apr 2016
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HPE backs Let's Encrypt

Let's Encrypt says it has ended its beta period and gained a new sponsor. The free HTTPS certificate service says that not much will change, other than shedding the "beta" label. "Since our beta began in September 2015 we've issued more than 1.7 million certificates for more than 3.8 million websites," the team said on …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2016
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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

Australian political commentator Waleed Aly has made a spectacularly non-useful intervention into the debate about the technologies used to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), setting the ridiculous expectation that streaming video must always load in under a second and must never pause. Aly's piece on The …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2016

Australian Bureau of Statistics stops counting 24Mbps broadband services

Australians downloaded 1,714,922 Terabytes in the 90 days to December 31st, 2015, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The bureau's new Internet Activity, Australia, December 2015, released today, points out that 98 per cent of those downloads used wired networks, which rather dampens the …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2016

Four of the top 10 places in the world for internet are, er, in the US

Akamai’s state of the internet survey is the most comprehensive global snapshot of internet performance you’ll find. So if your country (or state) is falling behind, you can see how. These days, the survey even comes with its own app. The just-published summary for Q4 2015 shows a 23 per cent year-on-year gain in connection …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2016

Rent a denial-of-service booter for $60, wreak $720k in damage

Criminals can pay distributed-denial-of-service attackers less than US$60 to inflict as much as US$720,000 in damage to an organisation per day, researcher Dennis Schwarz says. The so-called booter or stresser services are commonly sold as would-be legitimate tools for security professionals. These tools are supposedly used to …
Darren Pauli, 04 Mar 2016

DDoS attacks up 149 percent as brassy booter kids make bank

The number of distributed denial of service attacks rose 149 percent in dying months of 2015 according to Akamai's networking wonks. The latest figures in the State of the Internet Q4 2015 report (PDF) tracked some 3693 DDoS attacks during the final quarter finding 169 percent uptick in infrastructure attacks. Akamai finds …
Darren Pauli, 01 Mar 2016

Google punts freebie DDoS shield to hacks, human rights worthies

Google has launched a free service to protect news websites against DDoS attacks. Project Shield will also be offered to human rights and election monitoring websites as a way of fending off increasingly commonplace site-swamping DDoS assaults. Google is offering to "reverse proxy" qualifying websites' traffic through Google's …
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2016
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Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators

Computer scientists have documented how a large and growing number of websites discriminate against people who browse them using Tor. Tor is an anonymity service that is maintained with assistance from the US State Department and designed in part to allows victims of censorship in countries like China and Iran to surf the web …
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2016
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Is DNSSEC causing more problems than it solves?

The complex security protocol for the domain name system – DNSSEC – has another black mark against it: it is being used as a way to carry out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. That's according to a security bulletin [PDF] by Akamai that notes it has "observed and successfully mitigated a large number of DNS …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2016

Building automation systems are so bad IBM hacked one for free

An IBM-led penetration testing team has thoroughly owned an enterprise building management network in a free assessment designed to publicise the horrid state of embedded device security. The IBM X-Force team of Paul Ionescu, Jonathan Fitz-Gerald, John Zuccato, and Warren Moynihan, along with Akamai engineer Brennan Brazeau, …
Darren Pauli, 11 Feb 2016

Join The Register at Enigma, USENIX’s new security conference

Promo "It's time for the security community to take a step back and get a fresh perspective on threat assessment and attacks.” So say the organisers of Enigma, a new conference designed for IT security professionals in industry and research. That works for The Register, which is covering the three-day conference held in San …
David Gordon, 12 Jan 2016
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CIOs, what does your nightmare before Christmas look like?

CIO Manifesto We gathered 14 of the UK’s finest IT leaders in a secure bunker (elegant room in the Soho Hotel -Ed.) for the last Register Round Table of 2015 to hear their tales of when good IT goes bad. The short version is the thing they fear most is you, dear reader, your screw-ups, your documentation, your thefts, your dodgy code, your …
Joe Fay, 22 Dec 2015

Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

How-to The Let's Encrypt project has opened to the public, allowing anyone to obtain free TLS certificates and set up HTTPS websites in a few simple steps. It's a major leap forward in encrypting the world's web traffic, keeping people's information and browser histories out of the hands of eavesdroppers and and other miscreants. …
Chris Williams, 03 Dec 2015
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Another $75m for Datto as EMEA and APAC expansion beckons

Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) has led a $75m B-round for cloud backup and biz continuity service/product supplier Datto, as it looks to expand its presence in the EMEA and APAC regions. Datto provides backup, recovery and business continuity products used by thousands of managed service providers around the planet. It …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015
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Going loco for co-lo: ClearSky Data's dash for the cash

Startup ClearSky Data has taken in its second round of venture capital dosh this year with a $27m B-round following an earlier $12m A-round. The company was only started in 2014, so why, may we ask, the frantic need for the $39m cash pile? It's 3-tier storage startup whose system involves an on-premises appliance for hot data …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2015

Akamai buys out Scottish web security firm Bloxx

Scottish websec firm Bloxx has been acquired by American giants Akamai in a cash deal, for an undisclosed amount, to shore up its cloud security services. Bloxx, established in 1999, had 55 employees spread between its facilities in West Lothian and Massachusetts. There has been no comment regarding restructuring at the …
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Microsoft cuddles cloudy content with CDN deal

Microsoft has inked a deal with Akamai to integrate its content delivery network (CDN) into the Azure cloud platform. The idea is to give Azure customers easy sign-on for Akamai services, either as a check-box on their Azure portal or under a Microsoft enterprise agreement. The Azure CDN, Redmond says in this missive, …
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Let's Encrypt announces browser integration

Let's Encrypt has announced that it's received cross-signatures from IdenTrust. The free-certificates-for-all venture, set up by researchers, the EFF, and a bunch of supporting vendors, says the cross-signatures mean the major browsers can now receive Let's Encrypt certificates without throwing an error. The cross-signatures …