16th February 2017 By Zohar Alon
As data in the cloud becomes more valuable, the cost of weak security will soon be higher than many organizations can bear. Here’s why.
The past few months have seen a deluge of attacks on database deployments in production environments. Victor Gevers, an ethical hacker and founder of GDI Foundation, broke news about attacks on MongoDB instances in December, and this was covered again in the Kaspersky Labs blog. We then heard about attackers going after CouchDB and Hadoop databases in the wild.
Attackers all targeted instances that they thought would have valuable data — for example, databases owned by healthcare providers and telcos. Soon, tens of thousands of database instances were reported to be held for ransom, and the world of IT security had its next mega-crisis. This trend of going after corporate data in production environments for fame and profit, known as data-jacking, has only just begun.
Here’s what we know so far about these attacks:
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