The Darkside to Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage – Not as Soft and Fluffy as You Think

It’s common these days to find so many options for cloud storage. It’s basically unavoidable. For a competitive fee per month you can rely on cloud services to be at your call when you want to whip up photos from years ago, an old file from your phone, or even your personal documents. It’s tempting to completely trust cloud programs that promise to facilitate almost all facets of your life. Technology has made so many advancements, and one of the best ones has been convenience and the illusion of security.

However, it can be just that: An illusion – There is a dark side to cloud storage. Recently, an article was published detailing Cloudflare’s recent hack by what is suspected to be a state-sponsored threat actor. Yes, recent. Cloudflare is a large cloud security company and, unsurprisingly, has been the target of multiple hacks throughout the years.

Using stolen credentials from a previous hack, cybercriminals were able to access Cloudflare’s internal system relatively undetected between October to November in 2023.

What exactly was infiltrated? Apparently, not customers information, but possibly much worse. The hackers looked into Cloudflare’s Atlassian suite “…the threat actor started looking for information on the Cloudflare network, searching the wiki for “things like remote access, secret, client-secret, openconnect, cloudflared, and token”. In total, 36 Jira tickets and 202 wiki pages were accessed.” Being able to access the internal workings and confidential processes would give these bad actors something to share and utilize in malicious attacks in the long run. Furthermore, that information can be shared with others rabid for information to understand the inner workings of a large company, like Cloudflare, that has within it personal and professional information. The thought is unsettling.

As Dan Durrer, our Founder and CEO, mentioned in an with Cyber Defense Magazine: “Cloud servers are often vulnerable to security breaches that occur because of high traffic and cyber attacks. With DDNS, you control your connection and data; your DDNS provider has no visibility into the data being transferred.” A DDNS service simply works to provide the connection between you and your remote device. They have no insight into what you have. Furthermore, the security firewall on your device helps to keep your information safe.

As we’ve mentioned in our e-book “The Consumer Intelligence Report: No-IP’s E-Book on DDNS Services“ DDNS is so much more than being able to connect with friends that want to play Minecraft together: “DDNS enables organizations to store data securely on equipment they control, facilitate file sharing among remote team members, have access to critical data in case of disaster, and allow remote employees to access company networks securely from anywhere.” Not only does DDNS make it easier to ensure your data is secure and safe, but also allows you to maintain control. Although the cloud provides convenience, it also forces you to essential put all your trust to hang in the balance. Trust that, unfortunately, is in constant danger and subject to being hacked.

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