Research paper that discusses cloud computing and malware - originally presented at VB 2009. There is no doubt that the Internet has changed how we live our lives. Shopping, watching videos, writing a diary – so much of our data that was localized is now stored in the ‘cloud’. We easily give information (such as birthdays and credit card numbers) and take information (such as forwarded links or search results) without much regard for where and how exactly that data is stored, and how secure it is. In Stephen King’s novella The Mist, a mysterious fog blankets a town and wreaks havoc. Because the cloud is already integrated into so many parts of our online experience, its safety is vital to our security; otherwise havoc might ensue for us as well. This paper will discuss the potential security risks of storing information in the cloud with respect to malware. It will explore whether malware can infi ltrate the cloud, what effects it can have, and what we can do to fi ght it. It will also delve into social engineering techniques that have evolved only with the introduction of cloud technology. It will also look into the ethical ramifi cations of cloud computing – who is ultimately responsible for maintaining a secure environment when ownership of data is no longer traditional?
Authors: Marian Radu and Hilda Ragragio