A newly discovered variant of ransomware is reportedly able to bypass the security frameworks of Google Drive and Microsoft Office, leaving cloud-based data vulnerable.
Security brokerage Bitglass found that the booming popularity of cloud and mobile technologies is also attracting the attention of hackers and cyber criminals, eager to capture confidential and personal data.
The company identified a new strain of the Gojdue ransomware, however the popular Microsoft Office 365 and Google Drive applications failed to identify and therefore protect against it.
In fact, a screen of “tens of millions” of files found a disturbingly high rate of infection among various cloud applications.
“Malware will always be a threat to the enterprise and cloud applications are an increasingly attractive distribution mechanism,” said Mike Schuricht, Bitglass VP of product management.
“Most cloud providers do not provide any malware protection and those that do struggle to detect zero-day threats. Only an AI-based solution that evolves to detect new malware and ransomware can keep cloud data secure.”
Mr Schuricht warned that of all the organisations scanned as part of its investigation, 44 per cent were found to have been invaded by some form of malware – demonstrating the ease with which malware can spread without the victims becoming alerted to its presence.
The findings come just as mandatory data breach reporting laws are set to come into force on 22 February 2018. SMEs in particular have been found to be worryingly unprepared for the change.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.