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The Cloud: Hackers' New Thieving Ground

Criminals go where they can do the most damage with minimal effort. It's why, for years, hackers targeted Windows rather than Macs - it was where the users, and in turn the data, were. And now we're seeing a steady migration from one platform to the next as popularity grows. Hackers moved from Windows to Apple's OS to mobile. Now, unsurprisingly, they are targeting the cloud.

The Cloud: Hackers' New Thieving Ground

According to new research from Alert Logic, there has been a 45 percent year-over-year increase in attacks on the cloud. In its Cloud Security Report 2015, the researchers pointed out that nearly 90 percent of companies are now utilizing cloud computing, meaning more people than ever are turning to the cloud. And that means hackers now have an even greater pool from which to steal information.

And as Rahul Bakshi, Alert Logic's senior director of product management, said, the more workflow is put into the cloud, the bigger the target it becomes. He added: And web applications are target-rich. There are fantastic applications that are being developed for the cloud that make our lives easier, and have great functionality and user experience. But often, there's not enough security built into these applications.

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According to new research from Alert Logic, there has been a 45 percent year-over-year increase in attacks on the cloud. In its Cloud Security Report 2015, the researchers pointed out that nearly 90 percent of companies are now utilizing cloud computing, meaning more people than ever are turning to the cloud. And that means hackers now have an even greater pool from which to steal information.

And as Rahul Bakshi, Alert Logic's senior director of product management, said, the more workflow is put into the cloud, the bigger the target it becomes. He added: And web applications are target-rich. There are fantastic applications that are being developed for the cloud that make our lives easier, and have great functionality and user experience. But often, there's not enough security built into these applications.

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The Cloud: Hackers' New Thieving Ground