Amazon Web Services malware hosting on the rise
New research suggests that Amazon Web Services is hosting more malacious software than other major cloud sourcing providers.
According to a report published in July 2014 by Solutionary, an internet security research company, the number of malware distributors on the site has more than doubled in the last six months.
Malware is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. It is often used by criminals to steal money from banks, companies or individuals.
The researchers said that, out of the top ten Internet Service Providers (ISP) and hosting providers surveyed, the proportion of malware-hosting websites served from Amazon infrastructure more than doubled from 16 per cent in Q4 2013 to 41 per cent in Q2 of 2014.
According to net newsite the Register the reason is Amazon's scale and low prices. "This means any wannabe hacker can buy server images from crooks and deploy them on AWS to build a network of malware-spreading websites."
In an interview with the Register researcher Chad Kahl said that companies may not be investing as much as they need to be to keep the issue under control.
"When we're talking about someone as big as Amazon or GoDaddy it would be a significant investment both in architecture and in time to go through and monitor everything as it's being put up – regular scans – to detect everything and take down these groups."
Amazon said: "AWS employs a number of mitigation techniques, both manual and automated, to prevent the misuse of the services. We have automatic systems in place that detect and block many attacks before they leave our infrastructure. Our terms of usage are clear and when we find misuse we take action quickly and shut it down. Companies that do see malicious activity originating from AWS should contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org."
You can read more about Amazon Web Services in the next issue of our magazine due out in August 2014.
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