Remote Attacks on Cloud Service Targets Rose 630% Amid COVID-19

Jessica Davis

A recent McAfee report confirms that cybercriminals have been steadily working to exploit the increase in remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, with researchers finding that remote attacks on cloud service targets increased by a whopping 630 percent during the first four months of 2020.

Researchers analyzed data from 30 million McAfee cloud global customers across all sectors, including healthcare, for its Cloud Adoption & Risk Report to determine the impact the Coronavirus on the cloud environment.

Overall, healthcare is the second most targeted industry when it comes to the vertical impact of external cloud threats with a total of 198 million detected malicious IPs used from China, Iran, and Russia. Recent federal alerts have shown Russian hackers have been targeting vulnerable email servers, while hackers tied to the People’s Republic of China have been targeting COVID-19 research and medical data.

In total, McAfee found the use of cloud services increased by 50 percent between January and April, while use of collaboration services rose by...

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