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March 17, 2017

About Geoff Blaine

A 10-year veteran of the security space, Geoff serves as A10's senior communications writer and content manager. He brings a blend of real-world journalism experience, cybersecurity perspective and mainstream tech interest.


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March 17, 2017

IoT Devices Are Powering Affordable DDoS-for-Hire Services

For as long as there has been cyber crime, there have been illegal exploit kits for sale. Sure, these vary from the elementary to the advanced, but the malicious tools needed to commit cyber crime, theft, hacktivism or participate in run-of-the-mill online havoc are only a click away. But the raw power, scale and sophistication…

February 23, 2017

Real-Time DDoS Detection and Mitigation: Live A10-Kentik Demo at MWC

There is no surprise. While their motives vary, threat actors and criminal organizations are skillfully leveraging advanced distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against popular service providers, carriers and mobile operators. DDoS exploit kits are easy, inexpensive and highly effective. “Just like death and taxes, the DDoS threat has reached the level of ‘unavoidable fact’ for the…

February 9, 2017

W-2 Phishing Scams Targeting More than Enterprises, Warns IRS

It happens daily. An employee receives an urgent email from a superior or executive requesting information, files or documents. Most of the time, it’s legitimate business. But a new strand of W-2 phishing emails — sometimes known as business email compromise (BEC) — is using this standard routine to steal corporate payroll data, taxpayer information and…

November 8, 2016

Investigating Mirai: Inside the Malware That Powers IoT Botnets

In early October 2016, the source code for a specific Internet of Things (IoT) malware was released on a hacking community called “Hackforums.” The malicious item, now known as Mirai, was posted by a user named Anna-Senpai, who claimed a botnet was used to prey on hundreds of thousands of IoT devices daily. We now…