While it may be true that cloud computing is the “future,” are will all great new things there are still some issues to be ironed out.
It seems that it isnt just legitimate businesses that take advantage of the storage and saving opportunities that the cloud offers. On 28 July, Kaspersky Labs security researcher reported about a malware service running on Amazon’s S3 cloud:
From the article:
Despite being a paid service, the cost is not an obstacle for profitable attackers. In fact, my colleague Dmitry Bestuzhev recently told us about the spread of malware exploiting this service to “the cloud”.
The truth is that these cases are not isolated. According to our research, cybercriminals have been running SpyEye activities and from Amazon for the past couple of weeks.
From the research, it seems that even the difficulty in needing a legitimate identity and payment method hasnt deterred criminals from using S3 to spread malware.
There isnt much you as an individual can do about this but keep in mind the fact that criminals can, and will (and are) using this as a platform to mount attacks. It is only a matter of time before someone works out how to use malicious software on one cloud instance to find a weakness separating the instances which allows them to compromise other accounts data.