Attacks against container infrastructure have grown in both frequency and complexity over time, and this trend is expected to continue. When using vulnerability scanning apps, unsafe containers may be identified online in as little as a few hours, according to Cyware.
Cyberattacks on companies’ container infrastructure, including Docker images, have risen over 600% in the past year, according to recent research by Aqua Security’s Team Nautilus. The primary objective of almost all of these assaults is cryptomining, most of them as part of the Kinsing malware operation.Cryptocurrencies are more likely to be regarded as a minor nuisance than a significant security concern in most cases.
After successfully breaching the container, crypto mining software is usually installed. Then again, in some cases, hackers ignore the container and compromise the host system. While there is some profit to be made, the ultimate aim of these assaults is to have a backdoor into the environment. There has also been malicious activity attempting to get passwords and other sensitive information. If the attackers get access to the data, they may have an opportunity to copy it.
Following the exploitation of Virtual Environments, disturbing trends have emerged
By far the most common methods used are typosquatting and credential stuffing. An example in this sense would be TeamTNT’s attacks, more precisely the ones between March and May 2021 where more than 50.000 IP compromised addresses over the K8 containers were used to host a large-scale crypto jacking.
Team Nautilus research discovered vulnerable hosts’ patterns and attacker objectives. Attackers are said to be seeking other ports as well as the publicly available Docker API (2375) port. Researchers have also called attention to an avoidance strategy that was becoming more ingenious. This improvement has the potential to hide malware-infected payloads, leading to an increase in cyberattacks.
The danger of sophisticated cyber attacks is growing daily and becoming more vexing with each successful strike.
As cyber threat grows, the need for proactive security measures increases proportionately.