We can find a large number of services and applications on the Internet. However, it must be borne in mind that not everything will be safe. Cybercriminals can find a way to attack our accounts, devices and applications that we use. We echo a report that shows the increase in insecure servers and cloud services in recent months.
Remote work brings security problems
A group of security researchers has discovered hundreds of thousands of servers, ports and cloud services that are insecure. They can especially put remote workers at risk, which have increased considerably in recent months. They are widely used services that are part of the day-to-day life of many companies and organizations.
Especially the danger of cloud services must be highlighted. We live in an age where it has become very popular. We have a wide range of possibilities and we are increasingly using this type of tool more and more. However, everything related to the pandemic has left many companies exposed when using cloud services.
In many cases remote work was introduced without much margin. This meant that there was no adequate preparation, that the systems were not properly updated or protected. Many services had vulnerabilities, and the fact that more users are using them has opened a significant opportunity for hackers.
We talk for example about remote desktop, the use of VPN or applications to work from home in a group with other users. All this has gained a very important weight in the last year. This allowed workers to perform their duties away from the corporate network. But of course, this has also brought certain complications in the form of vulnerabilities and bugs.
Cybercriminals can exploit these exposed cloud services and servers to steal information, passwords, or sneak malware. They are based on existing vulnerabilities that are not fixed. They could, for example, log in remotely as if they were actually the victim and gain access to inside information of an organization.
Servers and cloud services, the most affected
These security researchers we echo have discovered a total of 392,298 exposed servers, 214,230 ports and 60,572 cloud services. All this after analyzing hundreds of companies.
In most cases, organizations are unaware that they really have servers, ports or services exposed on the network. They do not update the equipment and do not correct any bugs that may be present. Even on many occasions they do not use correct encryption for the networks.
They have found many uncorrected high severity or critical vulnerabilities. Should an attacker discover these flaws, they could carry out cyber attacks such as theft of information, passwords, or even carry out ransomware strategies.
We must be aware that today a large amount of sensitive data is shared over the Internet. This means that in case of suffering any vulnerability that affects cloud services, it can seriously compromise all this information that we send and receive.