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Cryptojacking Affected a Quarter of Organizations in the Cloud, Finds Report

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Cryptojacking attacks affected a quarter of organizations in their cloud environments, found a recent cloud security report.

In RedLock’s Cloud Security Trends, researchers with the security firm’s Cloud Security Intelligence (CSI) team discovered that 25 percent of organizations had suffered cryptojacking incidents in the cloud. This rate marked a 300 percent increase over the previous quarter (February 2018) at just 8 percent.

Even so, cryptojacking wasn’t the most prolific security issue which organizations encountered in the cloud. Risky configurations topped that list at 51 percent, which means a majority of companies misconfigured and/or exposed a cloud storage service like an Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket. Account compromises also beat out malicious cryptomining attacks at 27 percent of organizations.

Vulnerabilities were the only threat analyzed for the report over which cryptojacking was more prevalent. Specifically, RedLock’s researchers found that...(continued)

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