The push to move everything into the cloud over the past several years has generated a large number of misconfigured and exposed deployments of various software stacks. This has attracted sophisticated attacks that destroy data or abuse server resources for cryptocurrency mining.
In a new report released today, security researchers from Securonix warn of an increase in the number of multi-vector and multi-platform automated attacks against cloud infrastructure over the past few months. These often combine cryptomining, ransomware and botnet malware all in one.
“In most cases, the focus of the attacks is on installing a second-stage payload for cryptomining and/or remote access,” the researchers said. “In other cases, the malware propagates and infects the exposed services, removes data, and installs second-stage cryptomining and ransomware payloads.”
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