What is Cloud Snooper, and Why This Malware Needs to be Stopped?

23/02/2023by minal.metkari0Read: 7 minutes

Cloud Snooper is an advanced cloud malware that has been discovered in recent years in Australia and the world and has been causing concern among businesses and organisations that rely on cloud computing. It is designed to bypass the security measures in place in the cloud and gain access to sensitive data stored in the cloud.

In this blog, we will explain in detail what Cloud Snooper is, how it works, and steps to prevent it from attacking data.

What is Cloud Snooper?

Cloud Snooper is a complex attack that employs a one-of-a-kind mix of tactics to allow malware on servers to interact easily with command and control servers via firewalls.

It exploits a vulnerability in the way that data is transferred within the cloud. This vulnerability allows the malware to bypass the security measures that are in place in the cloud computing platform and gain access to sensitive data. Once the malware has gained access, it can then steal or manipulate the data, as well as use the cloud infrastructure for other malicious purposes.

How does Cloud Snooper attack data?

Cloud Snooper works by exploiting a vulnerability in such a way that data is transferred within the cloud. Specifically, it targets a technique known as “side-channel data leakage.” This is a technique that is used by cloud providers to optimise the performance of their systems. It involves using shared resources, such as CPUs, to handle multiple tasks at once.

However, this technique can also lead to a security vulnerability. By using shared resources, it is possible for one task to access data that is being processed by another task. This is known as a side-channel attack. Cloud Snooper takes advantage of this vulnerability by using a side-channel attack to gain access to sensitive data that is being processed by other tasks in the cloud.

Once the malware has access to the data, it can then steal or manipulate it. This can include stealing login credentials, financial information, or other sensitive data. In addition, the malware can also use the cloud infrastructure for other malicious purposes, such as hosting malware or launching DDoS attacks.

How does Cloud snooper attack Google Cloud Platform?

Cloud snooper attacks on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) can occur in a variety of ways, but some common attack vectors include:

1) Exploiting Vulnerabilities in the Operating System or Software:

Cloud snooper attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in the operating system or software running on GCP instances to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data.

2) Stealing Login Credentials:

Cloud snooper attackers can use phishing or other social engineering techniques to steal login credentials, allowing them to access GCP resources and data.

3) Exploiting Misconfigured Access Controls:

Cloud snooper attackers can exploit misconfigured access controls to gain unauthorized access to GCP resources and data.

4) Intercepting Network Traffic:

Cloud snooper attackers can intercept network traffic between GCP instances, allowing them to access sensitive data in transit.

5) Stealing Encryption Keys:

Cloud snooper attackers can steal encryption keys used to protect data stored in GCP, allowing them to decrypt and access sensitive data.

To protect against cloud snooper attacks on GCP, it is important to implement a comprehensive security strategy that includes regular vulnerability assessments and penetration testing, strong authentication and access controls, encryption of data in transit and at rest, and monitoring and logging of network activity.

How to detect a Cloud Snooper attack?

Here are some steps to detect a cloud snooper attack:

1. Monitor Network Traffic:

Look for suspicious network activity, such as large data transfers or unusual data access patterns. If you see a significant amount of data being transmitted to unknown IP addresses, it could be a sign of an attack.

2. Review Access Logs:

Review the logs of your cloud services to see if there are any unusual login or access attempts. Check to see if there are any successful logins from unfamiliar locations or IP addresses.

3. Analyse System Logs:

Check the system log of your cloud infrastructure to see if there are any unusual activities or changes to system files, configurations, or user accounts.

4. Conduct Vulnerability Scans:

Conduct vulnerability scans on your cloud infrastructure to spot any weaknesses that could be exploited by attackers.

5. Front-end and Back end checks

The front end and back end are two parts of a web application that are relevant to cloud security and can be targeted in a cloud snooper attack.

The front end is often the entry point for attacks, as it is part of the application that is accessible to the public internet. Cloud snooper attacks on the front end can result in sensitive customer data being intercepted and stolen.

In terms of cloud security, the back end can be targeted in a cloud snooper attack to obtain unauthorised access to sensitive data stored in the cloud. For example, a cloud snooper may try to exploit vulnerabilities in the back-end systems to gain access to databases or other resources that contain sensitive data.

To prevent cloud snooper attacks, it is important to implement security measures at both the front-end and back-end levels. This may include using secure communication protocols, implementing access controls and authentication mechanisms, encrypting sensitive data, and monitoring suspicious activity. Additionally, regular vulnerability assessments and penetration testing can help identify potential security risks and prevent cloud snooper attacks before they occur.

6.     Monitor User Behaviour:

Monitor the behaviour of users with access to your cloud infrastructure. Look for any unusual activity or attempts to access data that the user does not normally require.

7.     Enable Multi-factor Authentication:

Enable multi-factor authentication on all accounts and services that are part of your cloud infrastructure. This can help prevent unauthorized access to your cloud infrastructure.

8.     Conduct Regular Security Audits:

Conduct regular security audits of your cloud infrastructure to identify potential vulnerabilities and improve your security posture.

If you suspect a cloud snooper attack, it is essential to act quickly to prevent further damage. Contact your cloud service provider and security team immediately to investigate and respond to the attack.

Steps to Protect Data from Cloud Snooper

There are various steps that you can take to protect yourself from Cloud Snooper. These include:

1. Keep Software up to date:

Ensure that you are using the latest updated version of your operating system and that all of your software is updated. This can help to patch any vulnerabilities that could be exploited by Cloud Snooper.

2. Use Strong Passwords:

Ensure that you are using strong passwords for all of your accounts, and consider using a password manager to help you create and manage your passwords.

3. Use Two-factor Authentication:

Two-factor authentication can provide an extra layer of security for your accounts, making it harder for Cloud Snooper to gain access to your data.

4. Use a VPN:

A VPN can help to encrypt your organisation’s internet traffic and protect your Company data from being intercepted by Cloud Snooper, thus promoting data privacy.

5. Use a Reputable Cloud Service Provider:

Ensure you are using a reputable cloud server with a good track record for security. You should also ensure that you are using all of the security features that are available to you, such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems.

6. Create and update Organisation’s Privacy Policy

A company’s privacy policy can play an important role in preventing cloud snooper attacks by providing guidance and information on how the company handles sensitive information and protects it from unauthorized access. Here are a few ways a privacy policy can help:

a) Clearly defining what information is collected:

A privacy policy should clearly define what types of data are collected and how they are stored. This can help prevent cloud snooper attacks by limiting the amount of sensitive information that is stored in the cloud.

b) Outlining security measures:

A privacy policy should outline the security measures in place to protect sensitive data. This can include encryption, access controls, and monitoring systems that can detect and prevent unauthorized access.

c) Providing Transparency:

A privacy policy can provide transparency about how the company handles data breaches and how customers will be notified if their data is compromised. This can help in enhancing consumer trust in the company and make customers feel more comfortable storing their data in the cloud.

d) Encouraging best practices:

A privacy policy can encourage best practices for data handling and storage, such as requiring strong passwords and encouraging customers to use two-factor authentication.

7. Test the SaaS solution for vulnerabilities:

It is a good idea to conduct penetration testing and vulnerability assessments to identify any potential cloud snooper vulnerabilities in the SaaS solution platforms. This can help your corporation to identify and address potential security risks before attackers exploit them.

8. Check API Systems

Vulnerabilities in API endpoints can be exploited by cloud snoopers to gain unauthorized access to data. You should conduct vulnerability assessments and penetration testing to identify any potential vulnerabilities in the API endpoints and take steps to address any issues that are identified.

Brute-force attacks are a common technique used by cloud snoopers to gain unauthorized access to artificial intelligence resources. You can prevent brute-force attacks by implementing rate limiting, which limits the number of requests that can be made to the API over a given period of time.

9. Keep Up to date with Latest Technology

Lastly, it is important to keep yourself updated with the latest technology and innovation to get insight into how threats can exploit them.

By taking the steps outlined above, you can help to protect yourself from this type of malware and keep your data safe and secure in the cloud. This will build trust amongst customers and stakeholders and protect your organisation’s reputation.

How can Anitech Consultants help?

Anitech’s ISMS Consultants are experienced in cybersecurity and information security. With the help of their knowledge, they can help prevent a cloud snooper attack in several ways, including:

1. Conducting Cloud Security Assessment:

Anitech’s ISMS consultants can perform a thorough assessment of your cloud infrastructure to identify potential security risks and vulnerabilities. They can help you implement best practices for securing your cloud environment, such as implementing access controls, encrypting data, and enabling multi-factor authentication.

2. Developing Cloud Security Strategy:

Anitech’s experts can work with you to develop a comprehensive cloud security strategy that addresses all aspects of your cloud infrastructure, including data protection, access management, and incident response.

3. Providing Security Training:

Furthermore, our consultants can provide security training to your employees to help them understand how to identify and prevent security threats, such as phishing attacks and social engineering.

4. Conducting Penetration Testing:

Anitech’s experienced consultants can perform penetration testing to identify vulnerabilities in your cloud infrastructure and provide recommendations for improving your security posture.

5. Monitoring for Security Threats:

Our ISMS Consultants can provide 24/7 monitoring and response services to help detect and prevent security threats, including cloud snooper attacks.

6. Guide on Best Security Practices:

Additionally, Anitech’s consultants stay up-to-date with the latest security best practices and industry standards and can provide guidance to consumers on how to keep their cloud infrastructure secure.

7. Provide Cybersecurity training:

Our experts are skilled in creating and providing a successful cybersecurity training program for your employees. They will ensure to guide your staff and solve their queries with the help of their exceptional problem-solving skills.

Anitech’s consultants are extremely professional and dedicated to their work. Their problem-solving skill and simplifying complex concepts will help your management and employees understand cloud snooper and the strategies used to prevent it. By working with Anitech’s ISMS consultants, you can ensure that your cloud infrastructure is secure and resilient against potential attacks.

To book an appointment, you can call us at 1300 802 163 or email info@anitechgroup.com

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