Botnets Increasingly Taking Advantage of the Commodity Cloud

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(The Hosting News) – Botnet operators are unfortunately taking advantage of commodity cloud providers to employ their tactics at an increasing rate: That’s the finding web host Firehost recently revealed at the BlackHat security convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The statistics came as part of the company’s quarterly Superfecta report.

Firehost says cyberattacks relying on things like SQL injections, CSRF, Directory Traversal and XSS pose “the most serious threat to businesses.”

“Detailing almost 24 million cyberattacks, FireHost has seen a large percentage increase in the number of common Web attacks such as SQL Injection and Cross-Site Request Forgery. This increase can be attributed to ease of automation, enabling hackers to combine these techniques to quickly and surreptitiously steal data, install malware on servers, assimilate new botnet zombies or simply take down a site,” explained the company via a press release.

Overall, the company found that attacks tracked by Superfecta increased by 6% during the quarter. The most prevalent type? XSS. SQL injects, meanwhile, represented 18% of the attacks while CSRF encompassed 26%.

Firehost, a provider of services including Secure Cloud along with enterprise solutions, is currently exhibiting at booth #621 at BlackHat. The convention is set to conclude tomorrow. To view Firehost’s report, visit Firehost.com here.

Botnets Increasingly Taking Advantage of the Commodity Cloud

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