Posted by RIC007GP in Untagged
It seems that Cloud Computing is all the rage now with Apple morphing its Mobile Me into iCloud, bringing competition to Google’s foray into Cloud computing. It is not unexpected. I have always said that pad computing was going to yank us into the cloud and the days of computers with massive hard drives would become a thing of the past.
We are not there yet and pc’s and iMacs will have their customers for some time to come, but it seems that their time is limited and personal computing is moving into its next phase. As exciting as this move into the cloud is, so is it a bit scary. I do not think that the fact that the cloud is expanding and criminal hacking seems to be in the increase are pure coincidence. I think the hackers are flexing their muscles in anticipation of the very lucrative new and rich pickings on the horizon.
Think about it. Up until now making money out of hacking has been a very hard job. To get at a person’s life story you really needed to get at their hard drive. Probably not a difficult job considering most user’s poor security habits, but a pick and hunt job for the hackers who have to identify a decent target and then get into his/her information one user at a time.
I am sure hackers are drooling at the prospect of rich pickings in the cloud. They will no longer have to pick and hunt. Imagine the prospect of getting into iCloud with Millions of users storing their data there? If you are skillful enough it is a smorgasbord of data to be used to empty unsuspecting users’ bank accounts. No need to get into a single user’s computer when you can get into a single data centre’s computer.
So the question is, are the likes of Apple and Google ahead of the game and will our data be well protected? Do we trust them to look after our precious information? One would assume so, but we know about the dangers of assumptions. I am sure the millions of Sony users thought that their data was safe only to find out that they had been let down.
I have been the victim of hackers. Fortunately the people holding my data were able to alert me in time to take action to prevent any damage occurring, but it was a bit of a wake up call to someone who trusted service providers to protect his personal data. It is quite scary to think about how much of my information is already floating around in the cloud. Potentially having it all there is causing me some concern.