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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 …
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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 …
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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 …

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 …
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Ex-Akamai man: Stop being faithful to your CDN

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

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

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
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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
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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 …

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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Ericsson and Akamai pair to side-step mobile net neutrality

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
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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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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
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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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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

It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

Websites and tools that have sprung up to check whether servers are vulnerable to OpenSSL's mega-vulnerability Heartbleed have thrown up anomalies in computer crime law on both sides of the Atlantic. Both the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and its UK equivalent the Computer Misuse Act make it an offence to test the security of …
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2014
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'Sons of Solaris' Joyent welcome Ubuntu into their cloud

Sun refugee camp and cloud operator Joyent has partnered with Canonical to bring tailored Ubuntu images into its technically sophisticated cloud. The deal was announced on Thursday and means that developers who want to run Ubuntu on Joyent's advanced SmartOS-based infrastructure can now do with greater confidence in getting …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 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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Joyent turns cloud into a Riverbed content-delivery network

Midsize cloud Joyent has partnered with network appliance vendor Riverbed to create a "Content Delivery Cloud" to give developers on a budget a way to push data closer to users and reduce load times. The Riverbed Stingray & Joyent Content Delivery Cloud service was announced by Joyent on Monday, and it lets the company's four …
Jack Clark, 17 Sep 2013
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Asia has fastest internet, launches most cyber-attacks

Not only is Asia home to the world's fastest internet connections, but it's also the source of the most internet attack traffic, according to new data from content delivery provider Akamai. The latest edition of the company's quarterly "State of the Internet" report once again crowns Hong Kong as home of the fastest broadband …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jan 2013
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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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Microsoft follows Amazon in gaining critical US gov certification

Microsoft has gained a US federal government certification that makes it easier for agencies to buy cloud services from Redmond. The company announced on Monday that the platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service components of its Windows Azure cloud have been given a Joint Authorization Board (JAB) provisional …
Jack Clark, 30 Sep 2013
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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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If there's somethin' strange in your network 'hood. Who y'gonna call? Google's DDoS-busters

Google will shelter charities and activists from distributed denial-of-service attacks by wrapping their websites in its protection technologies. The advertising giant announced its Project Shield initiative on Monday, and said it wanted to "protect free expression online." "Project Shield is a service that currently combines …
Jack Clark, 21 Oct 2013
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Hong Kong has fastest broadband on the planet

Asian countries topped the global broadband charts again in the previous quarter, with plucky Hong Kong knocking long-time champ South Korea from its lofty perch to register the fastest services in the world for both mobile and fixed connectivity. The latest quarterly State of the Internet report from content delivery provider …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Aug 2012
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Oracle spins-up public sector 'Cloud'

Oracle has fired up its big red branding machine and coated some of its software-as-a-service products with a cloud label as it tries to create a suite of tech for public-sector organizations. Just as Amazon, Dell, and others have forged their own dedicated cloud services for the US public sector, so too has Oracle. But there's …
Jack Clark, 06 Sep 2013
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Mutton to see here: Chinese dealer offers fondleslabs for sheep

A Chinese computer dealer in the sprawling Xinjiang province is looking to spur interest in his stock of electronic gadgets by offering to accept sheep as payment. Budding entrepreneur Huang Jie is running the promotion to give the yokels of rural Kashgar in the Uygur autonomous region a better understanding of the price of such …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jun 2013
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Infosec experts boycott RSA conflab over alleged 'secret' NSA contract

More security researchers are boycotting next month's US edition of the RSA Conference in protest against an alleged "secret deal" the company is said to have struck with the National Security Agency. Last month Reuters reported that the NSA "secretly paid" RSA Security $10m in return for making the Dual_EC_DRBG random number …
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2014
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Most 'cloud' traffic never sees the cloud: Cisco

A disconnect seems to be emerging between the technologies vendors believe are important in the cloud, and the way traffic is flowing between cloud data centres. While much is made of a world in which workloads are so virtualised they float around between data centres like quanta teleporting around the world, most of the world's …
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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

Android users: More of them than fanbois, but they don't use the web

Android smartphone shipments now dwarf those of Apple's iPhone, yet Apple's iOS still accounts for the vast majority of mobile web traffic, as reported by The Register. This gaping void between Android adoption and Android-based web browsing, however, isn't cause to ponder whether it's "time to conclude that Android gadgets are …
Matt Asay, 28 Nov 2012

IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'

That whole Heartbleed bug thing just kept running on and on this week, first with accusations that the National Security Agency had defied its brief by knowing about the security breach and doing stuff-all about it. The Heartbleed flaw, which was revealed last week, allows attackers to access passwords, crypto-keys and other …
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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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UK shamed in high-speed broadband study

The Netherlands have the fastest internet connections in Europe according to a State of the Internet report by Akamai, with more than 68 per cent of Dutch broadband lines clocking in at 5Mbit/s or more. That compares to only 30 per cent of UK connections at least hitting this high-speed broadband mark, leaving the UK in 15th …
Anna Leach, 24 Oct 2011
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Hi? Vladimir? It's Obama. The hackers ARE BACK. Hello? Are you still there?

The White House's cybersecurity desk warriors have installed a hotline which will allow them to immediately contact Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin in the event of an online apocalypse. The US Cybersecurity will have a direct connection to Russia’s Deputy Secretary of the Security Council, so they can report a "crisis situation arising …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2013

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

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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ISP Be admits crippling iPlayer demand burst its pipes

ISP Be Broadband has admitted demand for iPlayer jammed its punters' net connections - leaving parts of the web unusable and subscribers fuming. For weeks customers of Be - an O2-owned company with up to 600,000 users - were unable to visit some websites, including the BBC's telly streaming service, because the ISP's link to the …
Anna Leach, 01 Mar 2012
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Syrian net access falls down some stairs, doing OK now

Syria has been reconnected to the world following a suspicious 19-hour internet blackout in the troubled nation. News that access to the worldwide web had collapsed in the civil-war-torn country began circulating on Tuesday. It appeared the systems passing internet traffic in and out of the Middle East territory withdrew their …
Jasper Hamill, 09 May 2013
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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

IEEE slips up, leaks logins

IEEE members will be scrambling to change their logins after it emerged that more than 100,000 members’ names and plaintext passwords were left in plain sight for more than a month. In this documentation and analysis of the breach, Danish FindZebra computer scientist Radu Dragusin notes, among other things, that bad password …
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Oz broadband speeds leap 917% in TWO WEEKS!

Just a little over a fortnight ago, Australia’s average broadband speed was just 348 Kbps; now, apparently, it’s 3.54 Mbps, a stunning ten-times acceleration. The difference, of course, is who’s reporting what. The earlier Pando Network report, which El Reg ignored because local data beyond the headline wasn’t available, was the …
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Microsoft to stream blue movies

Microsoft has unveiled a cloudy content distribution service that will intensify its competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Azure Media Services is billed as a “cloud platform for managing and distributing media to any screen, anywhere” and as a cloudified version of Microsoft's existing Media Platform. Users can encode …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2013
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Tabcorp bets on IPTV

Australian betting giant Tabcorp is ramping up its IPTV connectivity in significant deals with Akamai and Kit Digital as it expands its streaming media and integrated betting applications globally. Tabcorp Chief Operating Officer Brendan Parnell confirmed that Sky Racing had been working closely with the video streaming vendors …
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Facebook plans globe-spanning hardware deployment

Facebook plans to deploy sophisticated gear at the very edge of its network to cut the time it takes for denizens of the social network to interact with the site. The plans – which are still in a very early stage – were revealed to The Register by Facebook at a briefing at Interop in Las Vegas this week. They will see the social …
Jack Clark, 10 May 2013
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Akamai wins Digital Island patent injunction

Akamai was granted a permanent injunction against rival Digital Island's content delivery service by a Federal Court in Boston yesterday. In a statement, Akamai welcomed the ruling said Digital Island cannot effectively operate its content delivery service without violating key aspects of a disputed patent. In December last …
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2002
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Orange boasts: We made Google PAY US for traffic

France Telecom-Orange is making a wad of cash from Google, the company's CEO boasted in an interview with French media yesterday. Talking to BFM Business TV, CEO Stephane Richard didn't give an exact figure on the payments made to France Telecom-Orange by the search giant for delivery of its content, beyond admitting that its …
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C&W seek another injunction against Akamai

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Cable & Wireless Plc this week asked a San Francisco District Court to stop Akamai Technologies Inc selling its flagship EdgeSuite service on the basis that it may infringe a C&W patent on internet route selection. C&W sued Akamai in August, saying EdgeSuite infringes its "host-to-host …
ComputerWire, 10 Oct 2002
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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
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Syria cuts off internet and mobile communications

Network monitors are showing that Syria has gone dark for internet traffic and mobile communications as rebel forces fight their way into the capital city of Damascus. Syrian data traffic dropped off a cliff at 10:26am UTC, according to internet inspectors Renesys, with 77 networks representing 92 per cent of the country …
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2012