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Web app attacks up 35%, Akamai uncovers a brand new threat

Akamai’s latest State of the Internet security report centers around the recent spate of DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks spearheaded by the infamous Mirai botnet, which has tarnished the reputation of the IoT. The lines between the IoT and the entertainment technology industry are blurring – meaning that the 35% rise in web application attacks in the past year are a major cause for concern, even for our video-centric readers. The world record Mirai botnet attack of October last year, which reached speeds of 1.5 Tbps, was a cold reminder that the IoT is closer to home than we think. While many focused on security concerns such as the hacking of autonomous vehicles, attackers were targeting everyday connected devices.…

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