Monday, May 16, 2011

If I were a jihadist, Part III

The Bloomberg revelations in The Register that Amazon's EC2 cloud service was used to crack the Sony PSN network is just the tip of the proverbial ice-suppository. The story also reported the cloud service was used by a German researcher to crack Wi-Fi passwords as well as by cyber criminals as a command and control channel to loot bank accounts. Given the automated nature of cloud service customer acquisition, I predict we haven't seen anything yet. Adding a question to my If-I-were-a-jihadist posts (Part I and Part II): "Why build my own cyber warfare infrastructure when I can have one of The Great Satan's Minions build it for me?"

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?