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New Akamai service to guard against JavaScript threats

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Global content delivery network Akamai has launched Page Integrity Manager, an edge service that can be embedded into Web pages to protect against JavaScript threats such as Web skimming, formjacking and Magecart attacks.

The new service will run off Akamai's Edge Metwork which has more than 240,000 edge services in 1700 partner and customer networks in 3900 locations across 133 countries.

Magecart is a cyber crime syndicate that is made up of dozens of sub-groups that indulge in credit card theft by skimming online payment forms. The security firm RiskIQ said in October that among more than two million attacks it had detected, it had found 18,000 hosts that were directly breached.

Akamai said in a statement that detecting compromised JavaScript behaviour would minimise data theft.

An Akamai spokesman said the service was meant to be used by companies.

"Page Integrity constantly analyses user interaction with your website to identify suspicious and malicious script behaviour, potential vulnerabilities, and any script activities that violate policies you define," he said.

"It lets you manage JavaScript-based threats without degrading the user experience or slowing application development. Page Integrity collects JavaScript activity data from an
user’s Web browser and sends that back to our servers on a beacon.

"A beacon is an HTTPS request (initiated before a user moves to the next page) that includes data, either as HTTP headers, body, or as part of the request’s query string."

The company said a typical website relied on dozens of third-party scripts which were essential for the dynamic user experience expected in modern websites, inclusive of sensitive
information pages used for payments, account management, and personal information forms.

"However, security teams have little visibility into or control over these third-party supplied and maintained scripts," it added.

"By detecting suspicious script activity in real-time, Page Integrity Manager offers a more effective way to defeat well-hidden supply chain attacks such as Magecart when they happen."


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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