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Source: tech.blorge - Posted by Alex   
Network Security Amazonís cloud computing service has been used to break into a wireless network. But the company notes that its the security system itself thatís the problem. The attack is based on the fact that Amazonís cloud service doesnít simply offer offline storage, but data processing as well. Thomas Roth, a German security consultant, says he used the EC2 service to run a program he wrote that can test 400,000 possible password a second. In a test, he was able to break a WPA password in 20 minutes, though he believes that with refinement this could be cut to 6 minutes.

Given the Amazon service costs 28 cents a minute, youíre only talking about a couple of bucks of benefit in being able to access somebody elseís network (or rather, to average that across every network you access) and the tool becomes financially sustainable. Reuters notes that to buy the equivalent equipment rather than to rent access would cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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