Akamai PLXsert’s Q3 2014 State of the Internet – Security Report Released

Kuala Lumpur – October 24, 2014 – Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, today announced availability of the Q3 2014 State of the Internet – Security Report. Akamai’s Prolexic Security Engineering and Research Team (PLXsert) is a recognized leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services and strategies. This quarter’s report, which provides analysis and insight into the global attack threat landscape including DDoS attacks, can be downloaded at www.stateoftheinternet.com/security-report.

“DDoS attack size and volume have gone through the roof this year,” said John Summers, vice president, Security Business Unit at Akamai Technologies. “In the third quarter alone, Akamai mitigated 17 attacks greater than 100 gigabits-per-second, with the largest at 321 Gbps. Interestingly, we witnessed none of that size in the same quarter a year ago and only six last quarter. These mega-attacks each used multiple DDoS vectors to deliver large bandwidth-consuming packets at an extremely high rate of speed.”

A brute force approach characterized the most significant campaigns in Q3 as attackers shifted towards new attack methods and enhanced older attack methods to consume more bandwidth. These record setting DDoS attack campaigns marked an 80 percent increase in average peak bandwidth in Q3 compared to the previous quarter and a four-fold increase from the same period a year ago. Q3 also saw an increase in average peak packets per second, recording a 10 percent increase over the previous quarter and a four-fold increase compared the same quarter in 2013.

Malicious actors have found ways to involve a wider base of devices to expand DDoS botnets and produce larger DDoS attacks. PLXsert has observed botnet-building efforts in which malicious actors sought to control systems by gaining access through vulnerable web applications on Linux-based machines. Attackers have also expanded to a new class of device including smartphones and embedded devices, such as customer-premises equipment (CPE), home cable modems, mobile devices, and a great variety of Internet-enabled devices including home-based and wearables within the category of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Attacks with both high bandwidth and high volume were made possible by the use of multi-vector attack methods. More sophisticated, multi-vector attacks became the norm this quarter, with more than half (53 percent) of all attacks utilizing multiple attack vectors. This was an 11 percent increase in multi-vector attacks compared to last quarter, and a nine percent increase compared to Q3 2013. Multi-vector attacks have been fuelled by the increased availability of attack toolkits with easy-to-use interfaces as well as a growing DDoS-for-hire criminal industry.

Highlights from the Akamai PLXsert Q3 2014 State of the Internet – Security Report
Compared to Q3 2013

  • 22 percent increase in total DDoS attacks
  • 389 percent increase in average attack bandwidth
  • 366 percent increase in average peak packets per second
  • 44 percent decrease in application layer attacks
  • 43 percent increase in infrastructure layer attacks
  • 5 percent increase in average attack duration
  • 9 percent increase in multi-vector attacks

Compared to Q2 2014

  • 2 percent increase in total DDoS attacks
  • 80 percent increase in average attack bandwidth
  • 10 percent increase in average peak packets per second
  • 2 percent increase in application layer attacks
  • 2 percent increase in infrastructure layer attacks
  • 29 percent increase in average attack duration
  • 11 percent increase in multi-vector attacks
  • 183 percent increase in high bandwidth (100+ Gbps) attacks: 17 vs. 6

Phishing attacks compromise media websites
During Q3, another kind of attack was also prominent – phishing attacks. Multiple phishing attacks targeted Google Enterprise users in order to harvest user credentials and gain access to confidential information. With this information, hacktivists successfully compromised third-party content feeds on popular media websites, such as CNN, the Associated Press and others.

The highest profile group of hacktivists targeting third-party content providers is the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), which typically sends emails with a falsified link to a large number of employees in a targeted company or its third-party content provider. Users who click the link are presented with what looks like a login screen to harvest the user’s sign-in credentials in a form of identity theft.

Report Availability
A complimentary copy of the Akamai PLXsert Q3 2014 State of the Internet – Security Report is available as a free PDF download atwww.stateoftheinternet.com/security-report.

Introducing stateoftheinternet.com
Corresponding to availability of the Q3 2014 State of the Internet – Security Report, Akamai is also announcing the launch ofstateoftheinternet.com. This new portal serves as the home for content and information intended to provide an informed view into online connectivity and cybersecurity trends as well as related metrics, including Internet connection speeds, broadband adoption, mobile usage, outages, and cyber-attacks and threats. Visitors to stateoftheinternet.com can find current and archived versions of Akamai’s State of the Internet (Connectivity and Security) reports, the company’s data visualizations, and other resources designed to help put context around the ever changing Internet landscape. Further, with the launch of stateoftheinternet.com also comes availability of the State of the Internet mobile app for Android. Visithttp://www.stateoftheinternet.com/resources-report-state-of-the-internet.html for more information and to download the app.

Hitachi Showcases World’s First Blu-Ray Optical Archive System at IGEM 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 October 2014 – Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. and Hitachi Asia (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. showcased the Hitachi HL100 Optical Archiving Library System, at the international Greentech& Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2014. The HL100 can reliably store data for more than 50 years and is designed to provide safe, secure and cost-effective data storage to meet the archiving needs of organisations in the public sector, oil and gas, banking, security, education and research, healthcare, media and entertainment, social media and telecommunications industries as well as other businesses that need to manage big data.

“We carried out the first Malaysian implementation the HL100 Optical Archiving Library System at Hitachi Electronic Products Malaysia (HEPM) in Bandar Baru Bangi. After successfully testing the device we have since adopted the HL100 library as the backup solution for all critical business systems across both Windows and Unix-based IT environments at HEPM,” said Dr.Tamizarasu Nandan, CIO at HEPM.

Dr.Tamizarasu explaining the Hitachi HL100 Optical Archiving Library System to PDRM Director of Logistics CP Dato' Pahlawan Zulkifli Abdullah.

Dr.Tamizarasu explaining the Hitachi HL100 Optical Archiving Library System to PDRM Director of Logistics CP Dato’ Pahlawan Zulkifli Abdullah.

Among the key advantages of the HL100 Optical Archiving Library System is the ability to give users direct real-time access to the entire body of archived data allowing them to retrieve information by themselves without IT support. This speedier operation of data recovery contributes towards improved operational performance across any large organisation.

In addition to reducing the number of data recovery tasks directed to the IT department, the HL100 Optical Archiving Library System allows routine backup operations to be automated and eliminates the need for daily backups to tape media and the associated tape library management. “Our experience at HEPM is that since adopting the HL100 library we have been able to recover around 10man-hours in the IT department per day. This is allowingus to focus more of our energies on application development and other high-value projects,” said Dr. Tami.

The Hitachi HL100 Blu-ray Optical Archiving Library System consists of two cartridges that each hold 250 enterprise quality Blu-ray discs and twelve optical drives that can simultaneously read Blu-ray discs to deliver extremely high throughput of data. Each Blu-ray disc can hold 100GB of data giving the HL100 50TB of raw capacity.

Hitachi HL100 optical archiving library system

Hitachi HL100 optical archiving library system

Despite this large storage capacity, the HL100 only consumes 90W in idle mode. And with its 4U form factor, nine HL100 libraries can be mounted on a single 42U rack to provide 450TB of storage per rack using only 810W when idle.

After its successful implementation at HEPM, the HL100 is available globally beginning in October 2014.

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