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Akamai predicts more cheap hacking toolkits, political attacks next year

Maria Korolov | Jan. 12, 2015
We'll be seeing more severe vulnerabilities like Shellshock and Heartbleed in 2015, predicts Akamai Technologies Inc., the leading content delivery network. The use of cheap online hacking toolkits will continue to proliferate, as will politically motivated attacks such as those during last year's World Cup.

Similarly, the industry focus of attacks shifted as well, with an increase in the number of attacks against enterprises and the media and entertainment sector on the rise, while other sectors — commerce, the public sector, and high tech — seeing a decline.

Specifically, commerce saw a 15 percent drop, high tech saw a 19 percent decrease in attacks, and the public sector had the largest decline, with a 27 percent decrease in the total number of DDOS attacks.

Akamai helps customers with DDOS attacks by absorbing spikes in traffic with its large platform, and also by blacklisting particular IP addresses, monitoring for specific attack vectors, and deploying Web application firewalls at the end of their network to block the attacks where they start.

Last year, Akamai expanded its focus to include infrastucture-level DDOS mitigation.

"Now we can now expand that protection to the full data center infrastructure," Belson said.


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