By Elinor Mills
July 10, 2009
FORT BAKER, Calif.-- As data moves to the cloud, attackers and thieves
will follow, a federal prosecutor said on Friday.
The days of tracking down software counterfeiters in other countries who
are selling pirated CDs are numbered as companies increasingly
distribute software and store data online via hosted computing services,
Matthew Parrella, an assistant U.S. attorney based in San Jose, Calif.,
said at Symantec's Norton Cyber Crime Day.
"That model of importation of software is becoming obsolete because
we're seeing on the horizon cloud computing where so many of these
operations are pushed from a user's PC or a user's computer onto Google
Docs or Salesforce.com," he said.
Looking ahead five years, "I'm thinking the attack is going to be on
cloud computing centers," said Parrella, chief of the computer hacking
and intellectual property unit at the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The immediate threat will be attacks to steal data from the servers they
are stored on, either remotely or by an insider or someone who gains
access to the data center, he said. Later on it's likely any stolen data
could be pirated, he said.
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