Criminals Control The World’s Largest Computing Cloud

Criminals Control The World’s Largest Computing Cloud

Who is the largest provider of cloud computing services in the world? It's not who you might think.

Lisa Baldini
  • 19 april 2010

When we think about cloud computing organizations (companies with massive servers who store, and have access to your data) we thinking about the big guys: Google, Amazon even Microsoft. However, Conficker systems control the largest network that constitutes a kind of cloud computing. What type of company is Conficker? Spectre Group reports:

Conficker controls 6.4 million computer systems in 230 countries at 230 top level domains globally, more than 18 million CPUs and 28 terabits per second of bandwidth, said Rodney Joffe, senior vice president and senior technologist at the infrastructure services firm Neustar. The biggest cloud on the planet is controlled by a vast criminal enterprise that uses that botnet to send spam, hack computers, spread malware and steal personal information and money, Joffe said. In other words, the cloud is mobbed up.Joffe explained how Conficker meets the definition of a cloud service provider in a presentation at the Cloud Connect conference held last week in Santa Clara, Calif. Like legitimate cloud vendors, Conficker is available for rent and is just about anywhere in the world a user would want their cloud to be based. Users can choose the amount of bandwidth they want, the kind of operating system they want to use and more. Customers have a variety of options for what services to put in the Conficker cloud, be it a denial-of-service attack, spam distribution or data exfiltration.

Conficker is notoriously known as having produced a worm that has infected more than 7 million people in one year.

[via: Spectre Group]


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