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Cloud Summit: The Cloud Presents Security Hazards

Cloud computing may be a tough sell among enterprise IT managers, but at least one group has bought into the hype without reservation: cybercriminals.

What's a botnet after all but pay-as-you-go, on-demand computing infrastructure?

At the Cloud Summit Executive conference on Tuesday, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., John Maddison, VP of core technology solutions at Trend Micro, described his company's move to cloud computing as a necessity.

The bad guys got cloud computing long ago and are using it against organizations, said Maddison.

Scanning the audience, Maddison said to the crowd of several hundred, "There are probably 10 of you here today who are part of a botnet who don't even realize it," he said.

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