Malware makers turn to cloud

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, Malware, Servers


Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.

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  • Well, if you really get past nomenclature,

    (that's "names" in case somone didn't know) this has been the preferred distribution model for malware for quite some time now. I haven't seen anyone spreading infected 3.5 in diskettes in a long while, though there are occasional reports of USB thumbdrives containing malware being "dropped" in high traffic areas. They just didn't call it "cloud" 15 years ago...they called them file servers. Same thing..."a rose by any other name".
    Wiz ;)
  • We don't have the resources or ability to stop it... in the USA. All our time and money is spent on spying on our citizens via the NSA or by trying to keep little Johnny from downloading the latest Batman movie.
  • You don't say!

    Malware writers use servers to distribute malware!

    Film at 11.

  • malware on chromebook

    I just got hit by the FBI ransomware on my chromebook..YIKES!...I thought this "couldn't happen".....while it appeared to go away on did cause some login problems..forcing password change etc...and the unit does not seem to be working as well as it used to...just a warning...