Cloud Malware

A Storm Is Brewing: The Trouble of Malware in the Cloud

Grazed from HowStuffWorks. Author: Jonathan Strickland.

When I wrote a series of articles explaining How Cloud Computing Works several years ago, the phrase “cloud computing” — the practice of storing and processing data on remote servers that can be accessed online — was just starting to catch on. More people are familiar with the term today, though many still aren’t sure what it means. But for those concerned about the security of the cloud, a recent study could give us a glimpse into the future of detecting computer viruses and other malware.

First, the basics. Cloud computing isn’t that mysterious — it’s a relatively simple strategy. It involves networking computers, connecting the network to the internet and using those computers to provide services to people. Those services can be simple storage solutions, like an online photo album or filing system like Google Drive. Or they can involve leveraging the networked computers’ processors to do work a personal computer couldn’t handle. In any case, cloud computing can be summed up with the phrase “it’s all happening on someone else’s computer.”...

Cloud Computing: Malware Creation Breaks All Records in First Quarter of 2014, with 160,000 New Samples Every Day

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

 Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, has announced the latest findings of the PandaLabs Quarterly Report for Q1 2014. The main conclusions of the study include the fact that malware creation has broken all records during this period, with 15+ million new samples overall, and more than 160,000 new samples appearing every day. The full report can be found here.

Trojans are still the most abundant type of new malware, accounting for 71.85% of new samples created during Q1. Similarly, infections by Trojans were once again the most common type of infection over this period, representing 79.90% of all cases...

Cloud Computing: Amazon and GoDaddy Rank as Top Malware Hosters

Grazed from Infosecurity-Magazine. Author: Editorial Staff.

The US is home to 44% of all malware hosted domestically. A new report from Solutionary shows that it hosts approximately five times more malware than the second-leading malware-hosting nation, Germany, which is responsible for just 9% of the world's malware. "The information in this report will show our readers how widespread the malware problem truly is and how close it hits to home," said Solutionary SERT director of research, Rob Kraus, in announcing the research.

"We aren't just talking about foreign espionage campaigns, APTs and breaches; many of these malicious activities are taking place within US borders." The rise of cloud computing and cloud services gives malware distributors fresh fuel: they are rapidly and widely adopting cloud computing, either via buying services directly or by compromising legitimate domains...

Malware makers turn to cloud

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Colin Barker.

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."...

Proofpoint Buys Cloud-Based Anti-Malware Provider Armorize

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Security-as-a-service provider Proofpoint is extending its cloud-based security capabilities with the acquisition of Armorize Technologies, a provider of cloud-based anti-malware offerings. This comes just less than a month after Proofpoint signed a definitive agreement to acquire Armorize. Details of the transaction were not provided.

Armorize is an interesting company, at least from a security perspective. The company's staff has more than 35 Certified Ethical Hackers on staff, and it specializes in cloud-based threat intelligence, detection of "zero-day" attacks and unknown vulnerabilities, real-time dynamic threat protection and advanced malware detection research...

Most Malware Tied to 'Pay-Per-Install' Market

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Brian Krebs.

New research suggests that the majority of personal computers infected with malicious software may have arrived at that state thanks to a bustling underground market that matches criminal gangs who pay for malware installations with enterprising hackers looking to sell access to compromised PCs.

Pay-per-install (PPI) services are advertised on shadowy underground Web forums. Clients submit their malware—a spambot, fake antivirus software, or password-stealing Trojan—to the PPI service, which in turn charges rates from $7 to $180 per thousand successful installations, depending on the requested geographic location of the desired victims.