Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Theft of Twitter Documents from Google Apps Raises Cloud Security Concerns

Jon Brodkin writes on NetworkWorld:

Questions about cloud security and the feasibility of storing critical information in Web-based services are being raised in the wake of a hacking incident involving Twitter and Google Apps.

A hacker obtained and distributed more than 300 confidential documents pertaining to Twitter's business affairs that were stored on Google Apps.

Insufficient password strength has been pegged as a root cause, but industry observers are debating whether Google or Twitter is most at fault. "It's not clear to me whether it's a black mark on Google or a black mark on Twitter at this point," says Pund-IT analyst Charles King.

Shortly after the data theft was reported, Twitter CEO Evan Williams used his own Twitter account to note that he was "having a bad night."

More here.


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