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Akamai Security Experts to Present Five Sessions in Las Vegas at Black Hat USA 2019, BSidesLV, DEF CON 27

Cambridge, MA USA | July 28, 2019


Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM), the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, today announced that several of its cybersecurity experts will be presenting at the upcoming Black Hat USA 2019, BSidesLV, and DEF CON 27 conferences in Las Vegas. These speaking sessions will highlight the depth of technical and industry expertise among the Akamai security research and engineering teams.

In addition, Akamai will be exhibiting at booth #1522 at Black Hat where guests can meet Akamai’s threat researchers face to face to get advice on how to manage new exploitation vectors, attack types, and vulnerabilities – as well as to explore new tools and see how Akamai uses machine and deep learning models and emerging techniques to detect and defend against the latest threats.

Details for each of the five Akamai security expert talks are as follows:

Who: Daniel Abeles, senior security researcher, Akamai
What: JSShell: An Interactive XSS Management & Browser Debugging Tool
When: Wednesday, August 7, 10:00-11:20 a.m. PT
Where: Black Hat USA, Mandalay Bay Business Hall (Oceanside), Arsenal Station 10

JSShell is an interactive multi-user web based javascript shell that enables the user to debug esoteric browsers and manage XSS (cross-site scripting) campaigns. During this session, a full cycle using JSShell to debug browsers and manage XSS campaigns will be demonstrated.

Who: Martin McKeay, security researcher and editorial director of Akamai’s State of the Internet Security report
What: The Economy of Financial Services Attacks
When: Wednesday, August 7, 12:05-1:30 p.m. PT
Where: Black Hat USA, Mandalay Bay, Palm B, Level 3

Findings from the recently published State of the Internet Security report, and an outline of 18 months of financial services-related attack data offering an insightful look into the criminal economy – from start to finish – will be shared.

Who: Akamai’s Tyson Thomas, principal data scientist and Sreenath Kurupati, senior director of engineering
What: The Increasing Sophistication of Bot Attacks: Beyond Fingerprinting Defenses
When: Wednesday, August 7, 2:25-2:45 p.m. PT
Where: Black Hat USA, Mandalay Bay Ballroom, Innovation City Theater

A new generation of bot attacks has emerged that attempt to defeat fingerprinting by adding mutations to their fingerprints. During this session, these new attacks and associated insights will be discussed.

Who: Akamai senior security researchers Daniel Abeles and Shay Shavit
What: At Your Service – Abusing the Service Workers Web API
When: Wednesday, August 7, 5:00-5:55 p.m. PT
Where: BSidesLV, Tuscany Suites & Casino, Breaking Ground Track

The Service Workers API is a modern web API that grants web developers advanced capabilities, such as acting as a proxy server, intercepting network requests and improving offline experience as a background service. In the past year, Akamai has witnessed a dramatic increase in usage of legitimate service workers in customer web applications, and Akamai believes this trend applies to malicious service workers as well. This talk will cover new and emerging web based attacks that abuse the Service Worker web API as well as ways to find those attacks and methods to mitigate and prevent them will be discussed.

Who: Sam Erb, senior software engineer, Akamai
What: Hunting Certificates and Servers
When: Friday, August 9, 2:30-3:00 p.m. PT
Where: DEF CON 27, Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, 26th Floor, Packet Hacking Village

This presentation from two-time black badge winner Sam Erb will inform attendees about existing services for finding TLS certificates for DNS hostname reconnaissance. A new service will be demonstrated during this talk for finding DNS hostnames in TLS certificates online.

If you would like to learn more about how Akamai turns security insights into automated protection for your business, visit our booth at Black Hat at Mandalay Bay in the Business Hall #1522 or visit here.

Black Hat USA is taking place August 3-8, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, BSidesLV will be held at Tuscany Suites & Casino August 6-7, and DEF CON 27 will be taking place at Paris, Bally’s Flamingo, and Planet Hollywood convention centers August 8-11.


About Akamai

Akamai powers and protects life online. Leading companies worldwide choose Akamai to build, deliver, and secure their digital experiences — helping billions of people live, work, and play every day. With the world’s most distributed compute platform — from cloud to edge — we make it easy for customers to develop and run applications, while we keep experiences closer to users and threats farther away. Learn more about Akamai’s security, compute, and delivery solutions at and, or follow Akamai Technologies on Twitter and LinkedIn.