How interconnected clouds can destroy your digital life. (01)
> 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)
> ... 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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