Security Expert Warns of Risks in Google's Chrome OS and Apple's iCloud
By: Elise Ackerman, Forbes
Roel Schouwenberg, a security researcher at Kaspersky Labs,
on Thursday afternoon warned security professionals attending RSA 2012,
one of the industry’s foremost gatherings, that design flaws in Chrome
OS and iCloud may make them unsuitable for business use.
Schouwenberg praised Google for developing a rock-solid platform from
a security point of view, but warned that users were still exposed to
attack through the apps running in their browsers.
“Everyone has heard about the huge increase in Android malware, a lot
can be found in the Android marketplace,” Schouwenberg said. “The same
problems exist in the Chrome marketplace.”
Schouwenberg said malicious Chrome apps are less prevalent than
malicious mobile apps but noted that it is also difficult to detect
malware on Chromebooks, slimmed down computers that run only the Chrome
OS and browser, because they aren’t protected by anti-malware programs.
As an example, he cited a Chrome app that Kaspersky Labs identified that tried to steal a person’s Facebook credentials.