AmazonIA: When Elasticity Snaps Back

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Executive Summary

Cloud Computing is an emerging technology promising new business opportunities and easy deployment of web services. Much has been written about the risks and benefits of cloud computing in the last years. The literature on clouds often points out security and privacy challenges as the main obstacles, and proposes solutions and guidelines to avoid them. However, most of these works deal with either malicious cloud providers or customers, but ignore the severe threats caused by unaware users. In this paper, the authors consider security and privacy aspects of real-life cloud deployments, independently from malicious cloud providers or customers.

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