In the latest demonstration of the different capabilities of cloud computing, a service known as WPA Cracker, which uses cloud services, was released last week according to an article on Technology Review. For a small fee of $34, you can use the service to break a WiFi Protected Access (WPA) password. The service searches for passwords against over 130 million passwords, taking only about 20 minutes for the search because of cloud technology.
The new system dramatically cuts costs in cracking encrypted passwords, as the hardware needed is quite minimal. As cloud computing becomes more prevalent, increasing numbers of criminals will look to use the services for nefarious purposes. There have already been instances of attacks into the cloud.
The development of cloud computing is a particularly useful one, increasing access and speed. However, the very aspects that make the cloud attractive to businesses are also attractive to criminals.