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Google Drive and other popular cloud data storage apps under hot water as bad actors are leveraging these platforms to distribute malware

One thing which is drastically increasing with technology is the spread of viruses and malwares. Something like this was recently detected by NetSkope. According to NetSkope's study, Cloud applications have managed to become the leading distributors of malwares with Google Drive taking the lead.

The report shows that almost two third of all cloud applications have been a source of malware transfers unintentionally. This started happening in 2020 with 93 cloud applications transferring malware unintentionally and then severely exceeded in 2021 by a huge margin holding a number of 230 apps. In 2022 they are believed to plateau even more.

Google Drive was on the top of the list because of the application's easy use and immense popularity. With such high demand for Google Drive and a huge user count, you may believe that its security system will be strong. However, the malware seems to be stronger than the Drive and all other cloud applications like OneDrive, SharePoint, Amazon and Github.

Among the ways to spread malwares, the attackers would send harmful Office documents to the cloud platforms. The use of this particular tactic was at 19 percent in 2020, and grew to 37 percent last year.

According to the security researchers, the cause of this should be blamed on various copycats like Dridex etc.

Moreover, researchers observed that while the following year people were resigning in huge numbers, many of them were carrying or taking away the company’s stored data from the cloud drives they had access to. The stats show 29 percent users in the past year downloading files from corporate companies accounts and 15 percent of them uploading to their own personal account. This shows how drive can sometimes be a cause of spread of data through unfaithful employees.

While this malware is a crucial issue, Google hasn’t spoken about the matter yet. Considering Google and all other cloud applications which have been targeted are big names they should speak really soon on the matter and give their users a consolation that their data is safe and that the tech firm will be working on addressing this particular malware soon.

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