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February 7, 2013
12:21 EDTLLNW, AKAMLimelight falls after competitor Akamai disappoints Street
Internet content delivery network Limelight Networks (LLNW) is declining after its larger competitor, Akamai Technologies (AKAM), reported lower than expected fourth quarter revenue, and predicted that sales for the current quarter would also come in below expectations. Akamai's earnings per share in the fourth quarter, excluding certain items, beat expectations. The company predicted that its earnings during the current quarter would also surpass analysts' expectations. However, Akamai noted that the guidance for its current quarter factors in a lower tax rate, driven by an R&D tax credit. Moreover, Akamai's guidance implies that its revenue growth will slow during the current quarter. In a note to investors earlier today, Jefferies analyst Aaron Schwartz downgraded Akami to Hold from Buy. Akamai intends to increase its expenditures much more than expected, the analyst wrote. This development, along with the decline in the company's revenue growth, is likely to keep the stock from advancing significantly in the near term, according to Schwartz. In early afternoon trading, Limelight retreated 4% to $2.30, while Akamai tumbled 15.5% to $35.
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January 29, 2015
06:52 EDTAKAMAkamai reports DDoS attack traffic up 57% year-over-year
Akamai Technologies announced the availability of the Q4 State of the Internet Security Report. "An incredible number of DDoS attacks occurred in the fourth quarter, almost double what we observed in Q4 a year ago," said John Summers, vice president, Cloud Security Business Unit, Akamai. "Denial of service is a common and active threat to a wide range of enterprises. The DDoS attack traffic was not limited to a single industry, such as online entertainment that made headlines in December. Instead, attacks were spread among a wide variety of industries." Akamai also observed a 52% increase in average peak bandwidth of DDoS attacks compared to Q4 a year ago. Large packets of unwanted network traffic can quickly sap an enterprise's ability to respond to legitimate customers, resulting in denial of service outages. Most unprotected sites cannot withstand a typical DDoS attack. As a result, DDoS attacks have become part of the common cybersecurity threatscape that all enterprises with an online presence must anticipate in a risk assessment. Resourceful DDoS-for-hire booter suites took a low-investment approach by tapping into reflection-based DDoS attacks. Nearly 40% of all DDoS attacks used reflection techniques, which rely on Internet protocols that respond with more traffic than they receive and do not require an attacker to gain control over the server or device. Widespread availability of for-hire DDoS services allowed low-level, non-technical attackers to purchase ready-to-use DDoS services. The expansion of the DDoS-for-hire market also promoted the use of multi-vector campaigns, as the competitive market drove attack innovation. Significantly more multi-vector attacks were observed 88% more than in 4Q13. More than 44% of all attacks used multiple attack vectors.

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