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[ontolog-forum] Lightning strikes from the Clouds

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 08:41:55 -0400
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How interconnected clouds can destroy your digital life.    (01)

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/    (02)

> Apple tech support gave the hackers access to my iCloud account.
> Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information
>  a partial credit card number  that Apple used to release information.
> In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough
> to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple
> considers secure enough to perform identity verification. The disconnect
> exposes flaws in data management policies endemic to the entire technology
> industry, and points to a looming nightmare as we enter the era of cloud
> computing and connected devices.    (03)

A warning:
> ... cloud-based systems need fundamentally different security measures.
> Password-based security mechanisms  which can be cracked, reset, and
> socially engineered  no longer suffice in the era of cloud computing.    (04)

If you're thinking of buying a Windows computer, get it before System 8
brings down the lightning from the clouds.    (05)

John Sowa    (06)

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