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Will Cloud Computing, Virtualization Become Hacker Heaven?

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The booming popularity of virtualization, cloud computing and other new technologies may prove too tempting for malware authors to resist — and could prompt a wave of attacks in 2009, according to security vendor AppRiver.

Businesses may be especially at risk because they’re looking to such technology to help them cut costs during the recession, Fred Touchette, senior security analyst at AppRiver, told InternetNews.com.
 
While these technologies will see strong growth this year, despite the grim outlook for overall IT spending, they also could mean better potential paydays for the hackers.
"The threat against virtualization will be a factor simply because more and more enterprises are going virtual," Touchette said. "I see viruses being able to crack into virtual machines and getting past their shells."
 
Concerns about cybercrime’s growth peaked in recent months, following several recent, high-profile data breaches at large corporations or targeting public figures. Worries about the trend led senior California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who is the incoming Senate Intelligence Committee chair, to re-introduce legislation on data breaches and protection of individual privacy last week. These measures seek to ensure victims of security breaches are informed promptly when these breaches occur.
 
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