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Amazon's Cloud Services Used to Brute Force Wi-Fi Passwords
By Vincent Chang - on 14 Jan 2011, 9:54am

Amazon's Cloud Services Used to Brute Force Wi-Fi Passwords

We have often heard about the wonderful world of cloud computing, force-fed by companies eager to tout the conveniences and cost savings of shifting to such a model of computing. Yet, such resources, when plentiful and inexpensive enough, can be harnessed and abused by those with malicious intent. A German researcher has claimed that he made use of Amazon's EC2 cloud services to crack the passwords of Wi-Fi networks using brute force. And it just cost him US$1.68.

Infoworld - The cloud is proving itself a double-edged sword: It grants individuals and organizations with limited resources quick, inexpensive access to a wealth of computing power. That's all well and good for a research organization crunching data to cure a debilitating disease or a developer who has authored the next big mobile app. But bad guys can harness that same inexpensive power to commit cyber crimes in a new, convenient way.

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