the cloud?

Earlier today I read an article in Business Week entitled “Hacking for Dummies.” (Please forgive the inaccurate use of the word.) The article discussed how easy and cheap it is for anyone to “rent a botnet” for the day and performed DDoS attacks. The article made me wonder how easy and cost effective it might be to use something like Amazon’s EC2 to accomplish the same thing.

What kind of safeguards do these “cloud computing” companies really have in place to mitigate the risk of rouge applications. I’m sure reputable companies would shut down disruptive services in a reasonable amount of time, but what if you only need a few minutes of distraction. Would it really be that hard to use a stolen credit card to sign up for service leaving virtually no trail.

Perhaps I am way off…

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