'Cloud services by Apple, Google may be cybercrime targets'


Posted at Jul 01 2011 11:50 AM | Updated as of Jul 01 2011 07:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The new cloud computing platforms introduced by Apple and Google may make data storage more convenient for users, but these are also enticing targets for cybercriminals, Kaspersky Lab warned.
The company, a developer of secure content and threat management solutions, said Apple’s iCloud and iOS5 and Google’s ChromeOS are prone to basic data theft techniques.
The new services allow users to store all of their data on the Internet.
“Its [The cloud’s] fundamental nature makes it an interesting target for cybercriminals, and no doubt it will continue to be a focus for them,” Costin Raiu, Kaspersky Lab director for global research and analysis, said in a statement.
Citing the recent hacking incident with Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN), Raiu said it is reckless for Apple and Google to provide industry-grade cloud services to the public without setting proper security functions to prevent intrusions.
Information from about 77 million users was reportedly stolen after the PSN hacking incident.
“Just as Sony recently learned, the cloud is not always impenetrable,” Raiu said.
Raiu warned that even if the cloud and the devices that allow for cloud-based services are protected up to 99.99%, vulnerability at the network layer (connection between devices) is still high.
He said, in particular, that there might be “new and more sophisticated attacks” on the network layer side in the near future.
“From this point of view we may face a new growth of attacks when user information can be intercepted, faked, denied and distorted,” he said.