[Reminds me of the story on 11/19/00 about the Iraqi's buying PS2's en masse
http://www.infosecnews.org/hypermail/0012/3268.html - WK]
By INQUIRER staff
17 November 2006
GARTNER'S STEVE PRENTICE is terrified web criminals will be targettng
the processing power of online PS3s, he said yesterday at the Gartner
Prentice reckons that the power behind the PS3 packs quite a punch, and
that criminals will find it hard to resist its muscled charms. "There
will be millions of PlayStation 3's sold, and they will all be online,"
"Today, Trojans are about sending spam, but I think criminals will use
Trojans to steal processor time for PlayStations when they are not in
use, and use that power to attach cryptography systems and deduce the
prime numbers used to generate keys.
This sort of thing is the dark flipside to what Prentice dubbed the
"consumerisation" of IT - in which the power of household gadgets and
gizmos sets the standard for how users expect business to act, and for
the IT services they expect to be offered at work, reports TechTarget.
Supposedly, there's big security risks behind this "consumerisation."
Steve said that, for example, if a worker wanted to send a large e-mail
from inside an organisation, they will not break the file into small
chunks to pass through the organisation's e-mail system, but instead
turn to something more consumer based, like gmail for example.
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