Items tagged with Akamai

Code distribution site GitHub was hit with a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack yesterday afternoon, but thanks to prior planning and automatic routines to counter such attacks, it was able to come through [relatively] unscathed. At its peak, GitHub was inundated with a record 1.35 Tbps of traffic, and was subsequently hit with another brief 400 Gbps burst of traffic. GitHub experienced sporadic outages over during a 9-minute period. By the 10-minute mark, its systems were fully restored and the attack was successfully mitigated. The DDoS attack was carried out not with an enormous botnet, but with UDP-based memcached traffic. "Memcached is a tool meant to cache data and reduce... Read more...
If you want faster Internet service, you should move to Washington, D.C. Or stay right where you are and wait for things to get better, as they have been. According to the latest State of the Internet Report by Akamai Technologies, a content delivery network (CDN) player, the average Internet connection speed around the globe hiked up 14 percent compared to a year ago. "The continued increase in average connection speeds is a reassuring trend as online retailers prepare for the busy holiday shopping season," said David Belson, editor of Akamai’s State of the Internet Report. "However, recent Internet disruptions caused by everything from government-ordered blackouts to a lone monkey sparking... Read more...
Today the bad guys have won. Not the war, mind you, but a skirmish with renowned security journalist Brian Krebs, author of The New York Times bestseller "Spam Nation," a former writer for the The Washington Post, and owner of KrebsOnSecurity, a popular security blog that's no longer live after cloud service provider Akamai gave Krebs just 2 hours to pack his things and leave. Of course, there's more to the story than that. Akamai isn't some evil company secretly working for the bad guys (we hope not, anyway). But it was providing free service to Krebs for his blog. You get what you pay for. In this case, Krebs wasn't paying a dime, so Akamai decided enough was enough when Krebs found himself... Read more...
Akamai Technologies, an Internet content delivery network headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, released its "The State of the Internet Report" for the fourth quarter of 2012. One of the findings in the report is that the average connection speed in the U.S. is now 7.4Mbps, representing a 2.3 percent jump sequentially and up 28 percent year-over-year. That's also above the global average of 2.9Mbps and is enough to rank No. 8 on Akamai's list, though the U.S. is still far behind South Korea (No. 1) at 14Mbps. Japan is the only other country to break through 10Mbps with an average connection speed of 10.8Mbps to rank No. 2 on the list. It's hard to believe a 56K dial-up modem was once considered... Read more...
Akamai Announces Variable Bit Rate Streaming Support to Deliver Live High Quality Video Content to iPhone and iPod touchContent owners and publishers including Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Discovery, FOX News, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, MTV, NPR, Turner Sports and USA TODAY are all part of Akamai’s iPhone 3.0Video ShowcaseAkamai Technologies, Inc., the leader in powering rich media, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today announced variable bit rate streaming support for live and high quality video content on the iPhone and iPod touch. Variable bit rate streaming was a key feature delivered in the recent iPhone 3.0 update and this new capability expands Akamai’s... Read more...
Akamai is a Hawaiian word that means intelligent. It's the name chosen by a very intelligent group of MIT -centric founders for their global Internet content and application delivery business. Since they act as a sort of content mirror for all sorts of customers all over the web, all over the world, they're almost uniquely positioned to offer an opinion on the age-old Internet question: "How You Doin'?" Today Akamai released the first of what they say will be regular quarterly "State of the Internet" reports. So what is the nature of the malware and bugs attacking user's systems out there? Old-school stuff, primarily. One interesting observation about the ports that see the highest levels of... Read more...