Cyberattacks on Clouds Have Increased by 300%: With Greater Use Comes Greater Vulnerability!
According to Microsoft’s newest Security Intelligence Report, attacks on cloud-based applications have increased by approximately 300% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year. The threat of ransomware also keeps increasing. The most important information regarding the attacks and their impact can be found in this article.
Who is Affected?
With increasing user numbers of cloud solutions, their potential for attacks by hacking and ransomware does also increase. But not only the number of cyberattacks on user accounts is growing, but the finesse in the process of attacking is, too. In addition to the increase of attacks on Microsoft's cloud-based user accounts, the number of attempted account registrations over harmful IP addresses has also grown by 44%. However, the threat of ransomware (blackmail software, e.g. WannaCry or Petya) varies depending on the user's country of origin. Thus, European countries, in particular the Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary and Spain are affected. Users are still safest in Japan, China and the USA.
Where Does the Threat Come From?
It is striking that the offensives on cloud applications mostly derive from these countries: 2/3 of all offenders come from either China or the USA, Korea is also on top of this ranking. Particularly popular in this are phishing methods, aiming at access data as well as ransomware attacks, aiming at blackmail attempts.
How to Protect Yourself
Real-time security is recommended. However, only 73% of all computers worldwide already have such programs. Finland, Portugal and Denmark are the best protected countries, Turkey, Venezuela and Peru are the least. Strong passwords, which should be regularly changed, play an important role as well. It is also advisable to use different passwords for different applications and websites so that not only onw password has to be cracked in order to be able to access all data.
A reliable protection method, however, is an on-premise solution. This is still the safest way to protect your data from external attacks or even data loss. Therefore, we continue to offer with our company-specific solution, an on-premise solution in addition to hosting services. This guarantees completely enclosed operation in the customer’s own data center. Thus, the control of the data remains at the company itself at all times and is not outsourced externally.
 news.microsoft.com: „Microsoft Security Intelligence Report: Angriffe auf die Cloud nehmen mit wachsendem Nutzen um 300 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr zu.“ https://news.microsoft.com/de-de/microsoft-security-intelligence-report-22/ (24.08.2017).
 Attempt to access personal data through fake websites or mails to commit identity theft on the net;