Akamai Releases Fourth Quarter 2016 State of the Internet / Security Report

MANILA, Philippines. February 15, 2017 – Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today released its Fourth Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet / Security Report. The report, using data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, provides analysis of the current cloud security and threat landscape, as well as insight into seasonal trends.

Download the latest State of the Internet / Security Report for data, analysis, and graphics at akamai.com/stateoftheinternet-security.

“As we saw with the Mirai botnet attacks during the third quarter, unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices continued to drive significant DDoS attack traffic,” said Martin McKeay, senior security advocate and senior editor, State of the Internet/Security Report. “With the predicted exponential proliferation of these devices, threat agents will have an expanding pool of resources to carry out attacks, validating the need for companies to increase their security investments. Additional emerging system vulnerabilities are expected before devices become more secure.”

Highlights from Akamai’s Fourth Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet / Security Report include:

DDoS Attacks

  • Attacks greater than 100 Gbps increased 140 percent year-over-year from Q4 2015
  • The largest DDoS attack in Q4 2016, which peaked at 517 Gbps, came from Spike, a non-IoT botnet that has been around for more than two years.
  • Seven of the 12 Q4 2016 mega attacks, those with traffic greater than 100 Gbps, can be directly attributed to Mirai.
  • The number of IP addresses involved in DDoS attacks grew significantly this quarter, despite DDoS attack totals dropping overall. The United States sourced the most IP addresses participating in DDoS attacks – more than 180,000.

Web Application Attacks

  • The United States remained the top source country for web application attacks, showing a 72 percent increase from Q3 2016.
  • SQLi, LFI, and XSS web application vectors accounted for 95 percent of observed web application attacks in Q4 2016, similar to Q3 2016.
  • The number of web application attacks in Q4 2016 was down 19 percent from Q4 2015; however, research into retail traffic over the United States Thanksgiving holiday week revealed an upward trend for four sub-verticals (apparel and footwear, consumer portals, consumer electronics and media and entertainment) that all suffered from significant web application attacks.

Top Attack Vectors

  • Of the 25 DDoS attack vectors tracked in Q4 2016, the top three were UDP fragment (27 percent), DNS (21 percent), and NTP (15 percent), while overall DDoS attacks decreased by 16 percent.
  • Akamai added a new reflection DDoS attack vector this quarter, Connectionless Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (CLDAP), which attackers abuse to amplify DDoS traffic.

“If anything, our analysis of Q4 2016 proves the old axiom ‘expect the unexpected’ to be true for the world of web security,” continued McKeay. “For example, perhaps the attackers in control of Spike felt challenged by Mirai and wanted to be more competitive. If that’s the case, the industry should be prepared to see other botnet operators testing the limits of their attack engines, generating ever larger attacks.”

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About Akamai

As the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Akamai makes the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The company’s advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. To learn how Akamai solutions and its team of Internet experts are helping businesses move faster forward, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.

Boost fun and focus with the Moto G family

Moto G
Moto G

MANILA, Philippines — Life in the fast lane entails juggling multiple activities at once. Today, millennials need to balance work with a bustling social life full of parties, travel engagements, social media networking and hobbies. Oftentimes, they wear many hats: They are photographers, party planners, gamers and jetsetters.

Moto empowers millennials in accomplishing all their myriad goals, plans and activities. The trusty and stylish Moto G family, comprising the camera-phone-made-better Moto G4 Plus, the all-day high-performing Moto G Turbo and the fun-yet-affordable Moto G4 Play, complements the ever-busy life of the young generation.

Millennials can finally elevate their work and play experiences to a whole new level with Moto’s unique smart technology, designed to enhance digital experiences while embracing the passions of life.

Moto G4 Plus: A smarter way to take pictures

Those blurry photos from last night’s party will finally be a thing of the past. Packed with an impressive 16MP camera —Moto’s best-in-class offering — and intelligent features for taking stunning photos under any light condition, the Moto G4 Plus allows millennials to dance their photography woes away and capture priceless moments seamlessly. The wide-angle 5MP front camera can deliver stunning groufies and selfies that will surely make Facebook friends green with envy. The phone’s advanced imaging technology adjusts to any light through two additional auto-focus innovations, delivering clear colors and sharp details on a par with professional cameras.

Moto 4 G Plus
Moto 4 G Plus

The Moto G4 Plus also offers a smarter way to travel. With adjustable ISO levels, aperture openings and built-in LED flash settings, millennials can finally capture the perfect beach sunset with precision. Even better, they can leave their heavy and bulky professional cameras at home and travel lighter and enjoy their trips much more! Moto G Turbo: Boost your performance

The Moto G Turbo lasts the whole day without the need to plug it into a wall socket or power bank. Powered by a 2470mAh battery, this phone is perfect for millennials who want to run the world sans the wires. The Moto G Turbo is also equipped with an impressive TurboPower feature, which delivers up to 6 hours of power after just 15 minutes of charging.

The Moto G Turbo delivers breakneck speed and enhanced performance to support demanding apps and mobile games with its ultra-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1.5GHz octa-core CPU. The 4G phone supports browsing, music and video streaming, and gaming at much faster speeds. From answering emails in the morning to listening to Spotify come evening, the Moto G Turbo can deliver unfaltering power and consistent connectivity.

The built-in 5-inch HD display made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 delivers sharp and strong images. Users can also take the Moto G Turbo anywhere without worrying about splashes and spills, thanks to its IP67-rated dust and water protection.

Moto G4 Play: More fun, more affordable

Users can now play to their heart’s content with the Moto G4 Play, which boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with a quad-core CPU, 2GB memory and a 2800mAh battery that lasts from morning until night.

The Moto G Play makes play functional without taking away the fun. Gone are the days of endless browsing through albums to search for a specific photo. Millennials can finally keep their social and professional lives in check with smart, clutter-free apps such as Google Photos, which allows photo editing and sharing in real-time.

Users can enjoy games and apps without having to worry about damaging the phone. The Moto G4 Play’s splash-proof and water-resistant nano coating protects the device from spills, accidental splashes and even a little rain!

The Moto G4 Plus retails at Php13,999 and is available at selected MemoXpress and Silicon Valley outlets (SM North EDSA, SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia). Users can get the Moto G4 Play exclusively for free when they avail of the Smart GIGA Plan 999. They can also get the Moto G Turbo exclusively for free with the Globe MyLifeStyle Plan 799.


ABB wins $27 million transformer order to strengthen Philippines power grid

ABB wins $27 M transformer order to strengthen Philippines power grid
ABB wins $27 M transformer order to strengthen Philippines power grid

ABB has won orders worth approximately $27 million from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to design, supply and commission 18 transformers. The new transformers will enhance grid reliability and increase power capacity to support economic growth.

An aging infrastructure coupled with a fast-growing population and an agenda of industrial and economic development is driving the demand for reliable electric power in the Philippines. NGCP is executing a structured program to strengthen the aging power grid. The 18 transformer units from ABB will be installed in key substations across the country.

“We are pleased to partner with NGCP for this important upgrade that will strengthen the Philippines’ power grid, enhance efficiency and improve reliability of power supply to consumers. As part of ABB’s Next Level strategy, we are committed to support the development of power infrastructure in growing markets around the world” said Markus Heimbach, Managing Director of ABB’s Transformers business unit, a part of the company’s Power Grids division.

ABB is the partner of choice for stronger, smarter and greener grids around the world as it supports national utilities and grid operators to take advantage of the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB’s Power Grids division, which will deliver the NGCP project, is the world leader in its segment.

This is the second major order that ABB has received from NGCP, having won an order for three transformers in 2016. Among other projects, ABB has also supported Philippines’ largest solar farm with a complete electrical balance of plant (eBoP) solution, further reinforcing its commitment to providing reliable energy to help meet growing demand while minimizing environmental impact.

ABB’s Power Grids division has won 4 major orders recently, collectively worth over $840 million, including this order, to deliver state-of-the-art power transmission technologies across 3 continents.  The other orders were in India ($640 million), USA ($100 million) and Brazil ($75 million). Together they will bring reliable electricity to more than 100 million people. The orders were booked in the last quarter of 2016.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. www.abb.com

For more information please contact:

Gela P. Isidro
Country Communications Manager, ABB, Inc.
Km. 20 West Service Road, South Superhighway, Sucat, Paranaque City, Philippines 1700

Telephone: +63 2 821 7777 local 213

Mobile: +63 917 520 1409
Email: angela.isidro@ph.abb.com
Website: new.abb.com/ph

Kohler’s new product lineup imbues modern bathrooms with sublime beauty

The Kohler Veil French Curve Seat
The Kohler Veil French Curve Seat

Manila, Philippines, December 7, 2016 — Nice bathrooms no longer cut it anymore: today’s discerning homeowners deserve only the most exquisite and sublime bathrooms, after all. Kohler, one of the world’s leading luxury kitchen and bath product manufacturers, redefines contemporary bathroom elegance with the launch of its second boutique showroom inside the Designo Atelier 2 located at Wilcon IT Hub Pasong Tamo.

Designo Atelier 2, a first-of-its-kind design center housing globally renowned luxurious products, allows design enthusiasts and industry professionals to experience top brands’ product offerings. It showcases Kohler’s latest design innovations hailing from its headquarters in Wisconsin. The showroom allows customers with a discriminating eye to  witness firsthand Kohler’s Exquisite Collection of faucets and the cutting-edge Kohler Veil, which bring sophistication, cutting-edge design, and technology into the comfort of one’s bathroom.

Kohler Exquisite Collection: Exquisite elegance for the modern bathroom

Drawing inspiration from timeless art and a desire to enrich customers’ lives with elegance and refinement, Kohler developed the Exquisite Collection, a breathtaking collection of faucets that embody grace, impeccable quality, durability, safety, and unobtrusive function:  Avid, Composed, Beitou, and Artifacts.

Avid explores the sensuous side of simplicity with slender arcs, smooth planes, and arresting angles that

bring clarity and grace into the bathroom. The Avid faucet lineup includes compact deck-mount, single-handle, and widespread models perfect for modern minimalists.

Composed faucets feature timeless and deliberate design—sans unnecessary flourishes—to furnish bathrooms with stark, contemporary beauty while delivering impressive functionality and a distinctive visual statement.

Beitou brings together architectural precision and stunning nature display in a unique faucet shape that mimics the flow of a serene river. The lineup includes a wall-mount showerhead that delivers an excellent shower experience: Kohler has actually derived the optimal number and arrangement of its water nozzles from human comfort research data analysis. Experience the wonder of nature with Rain, Cascade, or Laminar flow complemented by eco-friendly, hydroelectric light modes.

Bring a touch of Old World charm into the bathroom with the Artifacts collection, which crystallizes the Edwardian era’s timeless elegance. Perfect for any home décor scheme—whether casual or formal—the Artifacts product lineup blends in well with accessories, bathing, and showering components across the collection, to help homeowners create a cohesive look in their bathrooms.

Kohler Veil:  A delicate balance of art and technology

Kohler deviates from the usual toilet design with Kohler Veil, which combines sleekness, contemporariness, and refinement. Featuring cutting-edge automated innovations and sophisticated curves, the Veil delivers ultimate comfort, unparalleled hygiene, smart toilet functionality, and space-saving features, to enhance the bathroom experience.

Drawing inspiration from minimalist architecture, the Kohler team developed a sophisticated design with ergonomic features and state-of-the-art technological improvements that enhance cleanliness and provide seamless convenience.

The Veil features Kohler’s popular French Curve toilet seat, which packs in comfort and ergonomics: the toilet seat minimizes pressure points to ensure users’ maximum comfort with every use. It also has a beautifully designed one-touch remote control for adjusting water temperature, nozzle positions, seat temperature, deodorization options, and lighting. The best part? The Veil is designed with an eco-flush option to help conserve water!

Don’t settle for “nice enough” when you deserve only the best. With Kohler Veil and the Exquisite Collection, start transforming your bathroom experience with precision, quality, thoughtful technology, innovative design, and artistic elegance.


About Kohler Co.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 30,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, and St Andrews, Scotland.


PCEC to hold forum on death penalty

MANILA, Philippines (January 26, 2017) –  Late last year, the Justice Panel’s Subcommittee on Judicial Reforms of the House of Representatives voted in favor of House Bill 1 (HB1), which approves the reimposition of capital punishment in the country. The Catholic Church, human rights groups and some lawmakers have since been lobbying against the death penalty on the grounds of possibly executing innocent people.

The position of PCEC regarding death penalty (pro-death penalty) has gone against the position of the Catholic Church, but the current leadership is open to a review of its position. The forum is part of its process to review its position in light of current realities.

PCEC will be holding “Created in God’s Image: Contending Biblical Perspectives on Death Penalty,” a forum that sheds light on the biblical, moral, judicial and legislative aspects of capital punishment. The forum, which will be held on January 27, 2017, will be graced by Senator Risa Hontiveros and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, who will be discussing the legal and legislative and judicial implications of death penalty, respectively.

Lorenzo Bautista, a Theology professor at the, Asian Theological Seminary & Penuel School of Theology, and Dr. Mariano Apilado, president emeritus at the Union Theological Seminary, will be holding a theological discussion in the afternoon. This will be followed by a panel discussion led by Bishop Noel Alba Pantoja, PCEC national director; Bishop Reuben Abante, senior pastor at the Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church; Bishop Rodrigo Tan, president of the Alliance Graduate School and Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines (CAMACOP).

“As people formed by God’s Word, we would like to understand the issues of national concern such as the death penalty through the lens of Scripture. The forum aims to help the Filipino people understand the legal, judicial, and biblical aspects of the death penalty,” said Bishop Pantoja.

The “Created in God’s Image: Contending Biblical Perspectives on Death Penalty” will be held at the PCEC Social Hall, 4th Floor Evangelical Center, 62 Molave St. Project 3, Quezon City from 8 a.m. onward.


About PCEC

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) was established in 1965 by a group of Christian leaders seeking to form an organization that will express its oneness in Jesus Christ and to formalize into a distinct council the growing force and influence of evangelism in the country. From a small umbrella organization, PCEC has grown into a network of more than 20,000 denominations, churches, mission groups and parachurch organizations nationwide.