Articles about Akamai

Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

Broadband speeds around the world increased by 20 per cent, year on year, according to internet tentacle monster Akamai. The website-caching giant claims in its latest State of the Internet report that, during the past three months to now, connections to ISPs peaked at 26.9Mbps, on average, dropping to 4.5Mbps the rest of the …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2015
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Australia's Akamai ranking has nothing to do with the NBN

There's never any shortage of ways for Australia to feel inadequate about its broadband performance, and speed comparisons are a perennial favourite. With Akamai's latest State of the Internet report hitting the Internet at the end of last week, Australians are in for another bout of soul-searching: while our year-on-year …
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Akamai warns: SMB security remains major risk

Security offerings for small businesses need to look more like those offered to enterprises, according to Akamai global security senior director Fran Trentley. Speaking to The Register while in Sydney for the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, Trentley said SMBs are increasingly seen as attack targets, and that poses a …

PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai

Broadband and IPv6 are hot – and distributed denial-of-service attacks and IPv4 are not. Well, that's according to Akamai. The cache-and-carry-on biz said in its latest State of the Internet report that, for the first time ever, the average connection speed for netizens is more than 4Mbps, meaning your average punter has a " …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2014
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Akamai to gobble down Prolexic for its enterprise DDoS defences

Content delivery and security services firm Akamai has announced its plans to slurp Prolexic, a cloud security outfit, for $370m. Prolexic will help Akamai strengthen its protection for corporate clients with online protection from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks for data centres and enterprise IP apps. "Any …

Want an Internet of Stuff? Not so 4K-ing fast ... yet – Akamai

Analysis Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet report paints a pretty grim picture for 4K adoption. As well as charting IPv6 uptake, an important step forward to catering for the billions of new connected objects that account for the Internet of Things (IoT), the report finds that internet speeds in many countries still lag behind the …
Faultline, 19 Jan 2015
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Akamai scoffs humble pie: Heartbleed defence crumbles, new SSL keys for customers

Akamai has issued new SSL certificates to some of its customers after realising its customized OpenSSL was not immune to the Heartbleed bug as first thought. Some time ago, the web distribution giant modified the code to the open-source OpenSSL library and rolled the tweaked version out to just its servers: that adjustment …
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2014
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Akamai seizes Cotendo for US$268m

Akamai Technologies is set to buy cloud based technology provider Cotendo for $US268 million, with the transaction expected to be closed in the first half of 2012. Akamai's tenth acquisition since it was founded in 1998, Cotendo specialises in web and mobile acceleration services from a network of 30 global distributed points of …

DDoSers call 1988 and want its routing protocol hacked

Attackers are exploiting an ancient networking protocol to enslave small home and office routers in distributed denial of service attacks, Akamai says. The May attacks, described in a report by the global networking company, exploit routers operating version one of the Routing Information Protocol (RIP) developed in 1988 and …
Darren Pauli, 06 Jul 2015
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Australia leads Asia Pac in mobile broadband speeds

The most recent Akamai State of the Internet report has found Australia has the fastest mobile download speeds in the Asia Pacific region, peaking at an astonishing 149.3 Mbps. A pity that the peak, which probably happened because someone was standing next to a brand-new base station and was the only user handy, didn't reflect …

Desperate VXers enslave FREEZERS in DDoS bot

Bad guys are launching denial of service attacks from Windows and Linux boxes and in a sign of desperation even fridges, freezers and Raspberry Pis. The attacks spotted by security company Akamai are based on an updated version of the Chinese language Spike malware that now targets insecure Internet-of-Things things. Akamai's …
Darren Pauli, 25 Sep 2014
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Rackspace accelerates clouds with Akamai

Rackspace Hosting – which is trying to position itself as the alternative to Amazon when it comes to cloud computing and which is one of the big suppliers of traditional hosted servers – has partnered with Akamai Technologies to help speed up application performance on its clouds. This is not the first time that Rackspace has …
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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

While electronics giants are showing off their internet-connected 4K TVs, most people still do not have the web bandwidth to stream stuff in ultra high-def. That's the conclusion reached by the latest quarterly report [PDF] from internet backbone-manipulation outfit Akamai, which shows that only about 12 per cent of netizens …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2015

Akamai, Riverbed join forces to juice clouds

There's gold in them thar clouds – which is why Akamai Technologies and its global content-delivery network, and Riverbed Technology, the top dog in the WAN-optimization appliance racket, are teaming up to converge their respective products into a cloud optimizer, hoping to snag some of that cloudy gelt by accelerating …

Adobe, Level 3 drive a stake through heart of vid-stream creature before it attacks again

The US Patent and Trademark Office has torn up parts of a video-streaming technology patent used against Adobe and Level 3 Communications in a patent-infringement legal scrap. The office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated chunks of patent 5,995,091, which describes a "system and method for streaming multimedia data …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2015
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Channel surfers and the irresistible rise of Content Delivery Networks

Fastly, a four-year-old content delivery network start-up, this month landed $75m in venture funding. It was the firm’s fifth intake of cash, the second in less than a year. What’s remarkable is that inventors are backing a firm that is going up against some big names – among them the massive Amazon juggernaut. Clearly, …
Tom Baines, 28 Aug 2015

Bored hackers flick Shellshock button to OFF as payloads shrink

Malicious and benign attacks against systems vulnerable to Shellshock had halved by Sunday after peaking three days following the bug's disclosure, Akamai researchers say. The variety of payloads targeting vulnerable sites increased dramatically over the same period before tapering off, in a possible sign that hackers were bored …
Darren Pauli, 03 Oct 2014
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Ex-Akamai man: Stop being faithful to your CDN

Open ... and Shut Many of the benefits of cloud computing are lost in translation as enterprises attempt to force the "new wine" of cloud's flexibility into the "old bottles" of traditional data centers. By running a cloud environment within one's data center, the full benefits of infinitely scalable and flexible infrastructure fade, as Amazon …
Matt Asay, 17 Feb 2012
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Corrupt Akamai worker charged after secrets sting

An Akamai accounts worker has been arrested for alleged wire fraud. This follows a sting operation during which the man was led to believe he was handing over confidential information to an agent of a unnamed foreign power. In reality, Elliot Doxer, 42, was dealing with an undercover FBI agent. The agency were tipped off about …
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2010

Supreme Court nixes idea of 'indirect' patent infringement

The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could help shield companies and end users from patent-troll lawsuits. The court on Monday issued a unanimous ruling to overturn a Federal Circuit court ruling in the case of Akamai v. Limelight. In the opinion, written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito on behalf of the unified court …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2014
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SCOTUS asked to overturn patent-troll's charter

The tech world – and plenty of others, The Register suspects – is waiting with a little trepidation to hear the outcome of a patent battle between Akamai and Limelight Networks that's currently occupying the brainspace of the US Supreme Court. Arguments have been heard in the case, which combines some of the most entertaining …

Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

A new certificate authority – backed by big names on the internet including Mozilla, Cisco and Akamai – plans to offer SSL certs at no charge starting next year. The move will make it even more easier for people to run encrypted, secure HTTPS websites. Let’s Encrypt aims to provide an easier way to obtain and use a digital …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2014
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America's hot and cold spots for broadband revealed in new map

Pic A new map of broadband speeds shows which Americans enjoy the fastest and slowest internet connections. The map, assembled by IT service firm OfficeSuite from data in Akamai's State of the Internet report, shows the top speeds are in Virginia, though New England and the Pacific Northwest also enjoy strong service. That Virginia …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Aug 2014
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China spending $182 BEEELLION on net construction by end of 2017

Beijing has announced a $182bn programme of network infrastructure spending, supplementing the development of China's service sector over the next two and half years. The State Council, China's chief administrative authority, said the government will invest at least $69.3bn in network construction this year, which in turn will …
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Cloud boffins build cheap content delivery network in the cloud

Take a bit of cloud, add a bit of money, and stir in a bit of boffinry, and you could build your very own content distribution network (CDN). That's the conclusion of a Canadian/Chinese/American research project, who've put together what they call a “generic framework” for crowd-sourced live-streaming using AWS and Microsoft …
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Ericsson and Akamai pair to side-step mobile net neutrality

MWC 2011 Edge-of-network caching, mobile payments and Wi-Fi management: it might not fit into your pocket, but network infrastructure is trying hard to be interesting. Ericsson takes the title for Monday‘s most-interesting announcement at MWC, taking the stage with Akamai – a company that already delivers 30 per cent of the web from …
Bill Ray, 14 Feb 2011

Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter

Iraqis appear to have been blocked from using Twitter and Facebook after the Islamist insurgent group ISIS, now in control of much of the country, thanked Allah for social networking. Known for using extreme violence in its bid to set up a medieval Islamic state on the borders of Iraq and Syria, ISIS is as prolific on social …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2014

Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released

As the Heartbleed fallout continues, the good news is that code to protect against similar such attacks has been released. The bad news is that exploit code is also available. Let's start with the latter, released by a chap who took up Cloudlare's challenge to coders in the hope someone, somewhere, would be able to use …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2014
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Oz broadband speeds collapsed in 2012

Akamai's State of the Internet report reveals a sharp slowdown in Australian Internet download speeds to the end of 2012. According to the report, which is gathered by analysing traffic through Akamai's content distribution networks, global connections got faster, with 2.9 Mbps on average and 16.6 Mbps average peak connection …

Netcraft adds Heartbleed sniffing to site-scanning browser tool

Internet stats clearinghouse Netcraft has released a new tool aimed at letting consumers know when the sites they visit might have been compromised by the Heartbleed encryption bug. There are lots of tools available that can scan servers to determine whether they're affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability right now, albeit of …
Neil McAllister, 18 Apr 2014

Death to Benevolent Dictators says Pivotal as it frees Cloud Foundry

Open source platform-as-a-service effort Cloud Foundry now has its very own not-for-profit foundation. The Cloud Foundry Foundation – try saying that five times quickly – has hung out a shingle at cloudfoundry.org/. The move is notable because Pivotal promised to create an open governance model for Cloud Foundry back in …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2014

Indonesia becomes MOST DANGEROUS place on the internet

Indonesia has had the dubious honour of supplanting China as the number one source of attack traffic globally in the second quarter, according to the latest stats from content delivery and security firm Akamai. The vendor’s State of the Internet report for Q2 found Indonesia accounted for 38 per cent of the world’s attack …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Oct 2013
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Cisco: Hey, IT depts. You're all malware hosts

Everybody – at least every multinational that Cisco checked out for its 2014 Annual Security Report – is hosting malware of some kind, and there aren't enough security professionals to go around. Along with its Managed Threat Defense service launched this week, Cisco also launched the latest publication (here with registration) …
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Florida 'botmaster' charged with Akamai DDOS attack

A Florida man was in federal court today, accused of launching a DDOS attack on Akamai which brought much of the internet to its knees - for a few hours. John Bombard, 32, of Seminole is charged with hacking into two computer systems as part of a scheme to build a botnet of "zombie" PCs to attack Akamai. According to the FBI, …
Drew Cullen, 24 Oct 2006
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Akamai buys Speedera

Akamai Technologies is buying Speedera Networks for $130m in stock. Both firms provide businesses with access to distributed computing platforms so they can increase website capacity for peak periods without buying a lot of expensive hardware. Akamai will issue 12m shares to pay for Speedera and its Indian subsidiary. All …
John Oates, 16 Mar 2005
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FCC will vote to cut off 41 million broadband users this Thursday*

US internet tinkerer the FCC will likely vote tomorrow to change its definition of "broadband" connections from 4Mbps to 25Mbps – effectively moving 13 per cent of the American population outside the envelope of "fast" internet access. An internet connection slower than 25Mbps can't be touted as a broadband product, if the …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jan 2015

Google Fiber says it's happy to let Netflix onto its 'fast lane' for free

In a clear knock on recent shenanigans by US broadband providers, the Chocolate Factory's Google Fiber division has said it doesn't charge extra for an internet "fast lane," and streaming-video companies are even free to host their servers in Google Fiber's own data centers. "We ... partner with content providers (like YouTube, …
Neil McAllister, 22 May 2014
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Chinese Apple wannabe Xiaomi says it's spent much of the past year migrating its online services out of its Beijing data centers so that it can better serve customers in international markets. The Middle Kingdom's smartphone upstart is virtually unknown in the West but is already outselling Samsung in China and has lately moved …
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2014
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Chinese authorities say massive DDoS attack took down .cn domain

The China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC) has reported that on Sunday it suffered the largest ever DDoS attack it has ever experienced against the .cn domain, an assault that took ten hours to knock down. In a statement, the CINIC said that attacks began around midnight Sunday on Chinese time and intensified a few …
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2013

US Supremes UPHOLD troll-busting Alice v CLS Bank decision

The US Supreme Court has once again unanimously decided against a dubious patent-infringement claim, and won the praise of patent-reform advocates. The court on Thursday upheld a Federal Circuit Court decision to strike down infringement claims by Alice Corp. in its case against CLS Bank. The ruling denies claims on patents …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2014
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Indosat fat-thumbs route announcements (again)

Indosat has made an unknown number of networks – in the thousands according to BGPmon, but possibly more – unreachable by announcing itself as their route. The mis-announcement took place sometime close to midnight (UMT) on April 2, with this message kicking off an ongoing thread at Seclists complaining about their routes being …
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Akamai and C&W kiss and make up

Akamai and Cable and Wireless have settled their patent dispute, which has pushed the two in and out of court for the last four years. A jury found in Akamai's favour back in December 2001 C&W subsidiary Digital Island was guilty of infringing patents. Akamai and C&W today agreed the amount of damages to be paid, including a …
John Oates, 06 Dec 2004
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Akamai software glitch provokes Web brownouts

A glitch involving Akamai's content distribution network caused performance problems for a swathe of high profile websites on Monday. Problems with Akamai's network affected access to AV updates from Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro, streaming content from Apple and the performance of websites run by General Motors, Coca Cola …
John Leyden, 26 May 2004
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US remains global sluggard in broadband speed rankings

Akamai's latest State or the Internet report shows that the US is making little headway in becoming a top-ranked broadband nation, and is being outpaced by Asia and Europe based on traffic analysis from the first quarter of the year. The US ranked ninth in average measured connection speed which, while a 27 per cent increase, …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2013

Akamai goes postal, kills Microsoft, Symantec, Google, Apple, Lycos...

Updated A major cock-up at Akamai has seen the world's biggest websites vanish from view for two hours today. From around 1.30pm, the Internet domain that Akamai uses to host content - akadns.net - disappeared and only reappeared at 3.30pm. Because a huge number of websites run through the Akamai site - including the world's four …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2004
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EMC II CEO David Goulden leaves VMware board

David Goulden, chief executive officer of of EMC Information Infrastructure and chief financial officer of EMC, has left VMware's board. Goulden will be replaced by Paul Sagan, a partner executive-in-residence at venture capital outfit General Catalyst Partners. Sagan is also on EMC's board and is a former CEO of Akamai. The …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2014
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Speedera seeks Akamai injunction

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Speedera Networks Inc yesterday asked a San Francisco Superior Court judge for a preliminary injunction preventing its rival Akamai Technologies Inc making disparaging comments about it in sales pitches. As we reported yesterday, the companies currently have four lawsuits pending - based …
ComputerWire, 28 Jun 2002

Twitter, Cloudflare kill SSL 3.0 ... and here's how YOU CAN TOO

Poodle Websites and web browser makers are moving quickly to ditch the outdated SSL 3.0 encryption protocol for HTTPS following the discovering of a worrying design flaw. On Tuesday, Google researchers published details about the shortcoming, dubbed POODLE, which allows eavesdroppers to crack encrypted web traffic. More specifically, …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2014
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UK way behind pack on broadband speed in Europe

While superfast fibre lobbyists continue to try and push nations around the world into deploying more nimble broadband networks, a report out today showed a 7 per cent slip in average global connection speeds between the second and third quarter of 2012. Content delivery outfit Akamai revealed its latest analysis relating to web …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jan 2013
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Akamai founder confirmed dead in US terrorist attack

Akamai Technologies has confirmed that Danny Lewin, its founder and chief technology officer, was one of the victims of the terrorist attack in New York yesterday. Lewin was aboard the American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles - the first hijacked plane to crash into the World Trade Centre. The 31-year-old, who …
Linda Harrison, 12 Sep 2001