The Cloud and Politics Are Growing Attack Triggers

By Tony Kontzer
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    The Cloud and Politics Are Growing Attack Triggers

    The Cloud and Politics Are Growing Attack Triggers

    The U.S. has become the global capital of cyber-crime, partially because it is home to a huge chunk of the cloud. Another trigger is America's political scene.

Dominating the cloud and the world's political discourse apparently comes with a price. As the country that serves as the predominant location of cloud-hosted infrastructure globally, the United States has also become the epicenter of cyber-crime. An analysis of the "2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report" by NTT subsidiary Dimension Data found that the overwhelming majority of cyber-attacks originate from U.S.-based IP addresses, and that many of those attacks rely on public cloud assets as their launching points. And that's not all: The white-hot political climate in the U.S., fueled by last year's bitter election and the initial claims of Russia's meddling in the election results, also helped make the government sector one of the biggest and fastest-growing targets. "Governments all over the world are constantly under the threat of sophisticated attacks launched by rival nation-states, terrorist groups, hacktivists and cyber-criminals," said Matthew Gyde, Dimension Data's group executive of security. "That's because government agencies hold vast amounts of sensitive information—from personnel records, budgetary data and sensitive communications to intelligence findings." The data behind the report was collected from the networks of 10,000 NTT clients across five continents, including 3.5 trillion security logs, 6.2 billion attempted attacks, and global honeypots and sandboxes located in more than 100 countries.

This article was originally published on 2017-07-18
Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
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