Akamai, one of the world's largest globally distributed networks, said its customers reported being targeted by 768 DDoS attacks last year, more than three times as many as in 2011. The company's State of the Internet report released Tuesday also found that more than a third of those attacks targeted the commerce sector, while another 20 percent targeted enterprise customers."In many ways, DDoS has become the weapon of choice for multiple types … Read more
Akamai, one of the world's largest globally distributed networks, released its State of the Internet report today that found a steep increase in the percentage of attacks originating in China. In the second quarter of 2012, only 16 percent of attacks came from the country, but that rose to 33 percent in the period ended in September. The U.S. came in at No. 2 with 13 percent, up sequentially from 12 … Read more
In the past day a number of Safari users noticed a frequent and seemingly widespread error that claimed a certificate is invalid for a connection to the URL "static.ak.facebook.com," cautioning users against trusting the connection and providing options to continue or cancel the connection. The error seemed random in nature since it happened on different Web sites that use Facebook's embedded services such as the "Like" button, but also seemed to revolve around a recent event or change that is affecting only Safari users.
Upon viewing the invalid certificate when this error … Read more
We all want faster Web connections. But those connecting to the Web in South Korea are actually getting what they want, according to the latest State of the Internet report from Akamai.
According to the network solutions provider, South Korea is putting most other countries to shame with average Web connection speeds of about 16Mbps. The U.S., by contrast, offers average connection speeds of 5.8Mbps, putting it behind a host of countries, including Japan, Romania, and Switzerland.
Akamai also found that cities in the Asia Pacific region are far more likely to have fast Web connection speeds, with … Read more
Following the sudden ousting of Carol Bartz, rumors naturally and quickly swirled about who would be making the short list to replace her as Yahoo's chief executive officer.
One potential candidate was former Akamai president and director David Kenny, who revealed his resignation when the web acceleration application development company announced earnings last week. Although he will continue to serve as a business strategy consultant at Akamai, his exit is fueled reports that Kenny is a prime candidate for the Yahoo CEO post.
However, now Kenny is denying any potential move up to the head of Yahoo and made … Read more
Apple fans who had trouble accessing live blogs of the Let's Talk iPhone event on news sites today were further frustrated when they couldn't access Apple's own site.
With all the anticipation that surrounded this event (though many people found the news to be a bit of a letdown) and Apple.com being one of the 10 most popular sites on the planet, you'd think that the company would have been prepared for increased traffic to the site today. Nevertheless, the site was been down sporadically shortly after the iPhone event ended.
While visitors to the … Read more
Akamai managers say they could have bolstered the Web sites that buckled under attacks launched recently by Internet vigilantes.
The world's largest content delivery network says it has enough servers and the right kind of network to "mitigate distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks," Neil Cohen, Akamai's senior director of product marketing told CNET. DDoS describes the practice of overwhelming a Web site with traffic so that it can't be accessed.
Netflix is handing more content-distribution business to Level 3 and Limelight and less to rival Akamai, but it has nothing to do with Akamai's performance according to a Netflix spokesman.
On Tuesday, Dan Rayburn reported at his blog Businessofvideo.com that Netflix was making the change because of displeasure over Akamai's performance in delivering streaming video to Netflix subscribers. That's not correct, said Steve Swasey, Netflix's spokesman
"Reports of Netflix dissatisfaction are not accurate," Swasey said. "We continue to engage Akamai as a vendor in our multi-vendor strategy for the foreseeable future." … Read more
An employee of Web content-delivery company Akamai Technologies has been arrested and charged with wire fraud after allegedly sharing company information with an individual he believed was an "agent of a foreign government," the U.S. attorney's office announced yesterday.
According to the U.S. attorney's office, it charged Elliot Doxer, an employee in Akamai's finance department, with one count of wire fraud yesterday. The complaint (PDF) filed in U.S. District Court in Boston against Doxer claims his crimes date back to 2006 when he allegedly contacted a foreign consulate.
Doxer allegedly wrote to … Read more
The fastest are getting faster.
Eight of the top 10 countries or regions in terms of Internet speed saw a boost in the final quarter of 2009, according to Akamai's "State of the Internet Report" released Tuesday.
Among those top areas, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan grabbed the best Internet performance globally, averaging connection speeds higher than 7.5 megabits per second (Mbps) in the fourth quarter. Although South Korea actually was hit by a 29 percent decline in performance year over year, it still snagged the No. 1 spot at 11.7 Mbps.
The United … Read more