Impact of Meltdown and Spectre on Akamai

On Wednesday, January 3rd, researchers from Google Project Zero, Cyberus Technology, Graz University of Technology, and other organizations released details about a pair of related vulnerabilities, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre. These vulnerabilities appear to affect all modern processors and enables malicious code to read sensitive portions of memory on nearly all systems, including computers and mobile devices. Akamai is aware of side-effects of "speculative execution", the core capabilities that enable the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. We are testing the performance and efficacy of the available patches on our systems. Because of our technical approach to handling data of many customers, we do not believe these vulnerabilities pose a significant threat to the Akamai platform. Akamai does not rely on the capabilities that enable these vulnerabilities. We will continue to update further, as more details become public.
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Akamai, Mirai, & The FBI

Through the end of 2016 and throughout 2017 multiple Mirai based botnets targeted multiple Akamai customers. The very first Mirai attack however was a multi-day barrage, weighing in at a peak of 620/Gbps that sent shockwaves across the Internet. The same botnet would go on to conduct several hard hitting attacks across the Internet and cause widespread outages. On 12/13/2017 the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) announced multiple actors pled guilty to attacks linked to the original Mirai botnet. In this announcement they also listed Akamai and other organizations as a source of "additional assistance".
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