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 Tuesday, 14th December 2010, 15:00:00

WikiLeaks attacks show cloud-based platforms are secure, expert says

WikiLeaks attacks show cloud-based platforms are secure, expert says

Cloud computing has been shown to be secure during the recent attacks on websites that have denied service to WikiLeaks, argues an internet security expert.

Professor John Walker, a member of the ISACA security advisory group and chief technology officer of Secure-Bastion, said that while corporate brands were disrupted by the attacks, other cloud-based websites remained unharmed.

Companies such as Mastercard, Visa and Paypal were attacked by hackers earlier this month after removing their support for the WikiLeaks campaign, which has been publishing sensitive documents from US diplomatic cables.

Professor Walker said that the events show that cloud computing is not as insecure as people have tried to make out in the past.

"Whilst some corporate brands fell under the logical weight imposed by Cyber Attacks, some cloud based sites successfully sustained their operations during such adverse conditions," he said.

"Does this not beg the question why this could be?"

This morning (December 14th), WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange criticised Visa, Mastercard and Paypal for being "instruments of US foreign policy".

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