Over 60% of AWS Environments Exposed to Zenbleed Attacks

During the past few years, cloud computing has become a preferable option for various businesses. It offers them a way to enhance their scalability, flexibility and cost efficiency. Whenever there is a mention of cloud computing, so AWS (Amazon Web Services) comes into mind that offers cloud services to different business organizations. However, this widespread usage of cloud computing is also accompanied by certain cyber threats that cannot be ignored. A renowned threat affecting cloud services is Zenbleed.

Zenbleed can be regarded as a slow burn threat but a deadly one that affects structures, mainly Amazon Web Services. The hackers involved in this cybercrime take advantage of the weak points within the Open SSL library. This attack proves to be a fatal one for the services as this library acts as a transmission medium between the AWS.

An extreme case of Zenbleed is the ‘Heartbleed’. This modified and updated form of Zenbleed provides access to the confidential information kept in the systems that are attacked. This gives an easy gateway to hackers to exploit the system gaining authority over customer information, crucial data and even the encryption keys.

According to the statistical information, still, 60% of AWS instances are using the old version of the Open SSL library. This makes them an easy target for the Zenbleed cyber-attack. Such threats can have a devastating impact on businesses as they result in the loss of financial resources and also could lead to legal technicalities. This is mainly due to the fact that customers’ private information is not protected by the organization.

To protect AWS against Zenbleed attacks, some strategies can be implemented. In order to fortify the instances, security audits and examinations should be carried out to analyze any flaw within the structure of AWS. Powerful encryption controls can also prove to be a helpful measure in preventing such threats. Furthermore, Multi Factor Authorization can also be beneficial in detecting any unauthorized access to the system.

Apart from such measures implemented on the system, the organizations can also work on the training of the employees so that they could be aware of phishing techniques, the importance of cyber security and the need for strong passwords. If the attack still occurs, then there must be a recovery plan in hand that could enable the AWS instances to recover from the Zenbleed attack efficiently and quickly.

In today’s highly advanced world, business organization should pay extra attention and effort to strengthen their security. Still, 60% AWS instances use old versions of Open SSL libraries. Replacing them with advanced versions could make the system prone to such attacks. It is essential because cloud computing is a growing trend these days, used by different commercial organizations. Such attacks could result in loss of data as well as customers’ trust. Defence measures needs to be implemented so that such attacks fail to affect the systems.

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