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Thunder in the cloud: $6 cloud-based denial-of-service attack

When you hear the rumble of thunder, then you know the storm is near. Two security researchers warned that cloud-based denial-of-service attacks are looming on the horizon. With $6 and a homemade “Thunder Clap” program, security experts David Bryan and Michael Anderson managed to take down their client’s server with the help of Amazon’s EC2 cloud infrastructure.

The cloud-based denial-of-service attack was part of a DefCon presentation called, Cloud Computing, a Weapon of Mass Destruction? In the description for their DefCon talk, they wrote, “We have been using the cloud computing environment to test real world scenarios for different types of attacks, such as Distributed Denial of Service, Flooding, and Packet Fragmentation.”

According to a report from DarkReading, the security consultants told DefCon attendees, “With the help of the cloud, taking down small and midsize companies’ networks is easy.” Bryan said, “It’s essentially a town without a sheriff.”

Full Credit To Darlen Storm with ComputerWorld

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