Malware makers turn to cloud

Summary:The cloud is becoming an increasingly appealing place for malware distributors to host their code.

Malware makers are increasingly turning to the cloud to host their adware and other malicious code.

According to a report by research firm Solutionary, malware distributors are rapidly and widely adopting cloud computing. They do so by either buying services directly from legitimate domains or by compromising them in other ways, the report said.

"The cloud has become a preferred mode for malicious actors who are using cloud computing for many of the same reasons that legitimate customers are," the report said.

Rob Kraus, the research director for Solutionary said: "Malware and, more specifically, its distributors are using the technologies and services that make processes, application deployment and website creation easier."

The cloud is allowing malware distributors to quickly and cost-effectively develop sites and bring them online, and to avoid geographic blacklisting the report went said, by "hiding behind the reputations of major hosting providers."

The US is the leading malware hosting nation, with 44 percent of all malware hosted there, approximately five times more than the second-leading malware-hosting nation, Germany which hosts just nine percent.

The main ramification of this is the need to maintain focus, "not only on the most dangerous parts of the web but also on the parts we expect to be more trustworthy," Kraus said.

The full report can be found here. (Registration required).

Topics: Security, Servers


Colin has been a computer journalist for some 30 years having started in the business the same year that the IBM PC was launched, although the first piece he wrote was about computer audit. He was at one time editor of Computing magazine in London and prior to that held a number of editing jobs, including time spent at the late DEC Compu... Full Bio

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