Free Newsletter
Register for our Free Newsletters
Newsletter
Zones
Access Control
LeftNav
Alarms
LeftNav
Biometrics
LeftNav
Detection
LeftNav
Deutsche Zone (German Zone)
LeftNav
Education, Training and Professional Services
LeftNav
Government Programmes
LeftNav
Guarding, Equipment and Enforcement
LeftNav
Industrial Computing Security
LeftNav
IT Security
LeftNav
Physical Security
LeftNav
Surveillance
LeftNav
View All
Other Carouselweb publications
Carousel Web
Defense File
New Materials
Pro Health Zone
Pro Manufacturing Zone
Pro Security Zone
Web Lec
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
 
News

Cloud computing draws the attention of data thieves

Imperva : 28 July, 2009  (Technical Article)
In the wake of Network Solutions data breach, Imperva CEO comments on the link between increased attacks on data servers and the rise in cloud computing
Reports that a major data breach at Network Solutions - potentially impacting more than 570,000 cardholders around the world - is almost certainly the result of Cloud Computing making such network hacks highly attractive, says Imperva, the data security specialist.

'Although the data breach appears to have been discovered in early June, here we in late July - six weeks later - reading about a breach affecting more than half a million cardholders, around half of the Internet service company's customer base,' said Amichai Shulman, Imperva's chief technology officer.

'As the dust settles on this major data breach - which appears to be right up there alongside the Heartland Security card data breach of the start of the year - heads will undoubtedly roll,' he added.

But, says the Imperva CTO, "the basic problem is that the rise of Cloud Computing - with many more companies now hosting their data on the Internet - makes such databases and the servers they are hosted on, phenomenally attractive. The attackers here aimed on the big prize -- the servers. Instead of dealing with a site here and there, once they broke into the hosting servers and all the sites were open to them. The lesson: once you've penetrated the cloud, you've got an easy path to the important, underlying data."

According to Shulman, as the newswires report yet another major card database hack, it is interesting to note that Network Solutions says that malware planted on its servers appears to be at the heart of the data loss.

The data breach, he said, is notable for taking place over a lengthy period, begging the question: how come it took so long to discover the incursion?

'It is also worth noting that they actually knew of the breach on June 8 but took more than six weeks to reveal the problem to the media and customers. What have they - and the card services companies - been doing in the interim?' he said.

'This case does not appear to have been handled well by the company and the delay in going public could prove expensive if, as seems likely, a class action lawsuit results from the data losses,' he added.
Bookmark and Share
 
Home I Editor's Blog I News by Zone I News by Date I News by Category I Special Reports I Directory I Events I Advertise I Submit Your News I About Us I Guides
 
   © 2012 ProSecurityZone.com
Netgains Logo