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iCloud hack hoopla ensues, but cloud blame misplaced

Apple's iCloud was public enemy No. 1 after a hack compromised private photos of celebrities, including Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence. David Linthicum discusses the iCloud breach and its impact on the cloud.

Cloud computing took a public relations hit following the iCloud hack that leaked photos of celebrities -- including Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence -- to the public. Due to a number of celebrities falling prey to the hack, hysteria ensued over the security of cloud.

"When I talked to the press, their view of the world was that cloud computing let everybody down," David Linthicum said.

Despite the popular belief that cloud was at fault, Linthicum argued that is not the case.

"People figured out the username and password, and therefore got at the images. It's as simple as that," Linthicum said. John Keagy, CEO of GoGrid, joined the debate on cloud security and more. Other topics include:

1. Is the blame on cloud for the iCloud hack misplaced?

"This notion that the cloud might be less secure than other means of putting your stuff on the Internet is exactly backward," Keagy said. Linthicum and Keagy agreed that a lack of two-factor authentication was mainly to blame. Is the cloud misunderstood?

"People who are not in the know or understand the technical details behind [cloud] view it as this kind of evil overlord of things, [and] a concept that will ultimately compromise their personal information," Linthicum said. How does the iCloud hack compare to the breaches of Home Depot and Target? (2:45-17:20)

2. Linthicum and Keagy debated whether application program interfaces (APIs) are making a comeback.

"As we're moving into cloud computing, we are becoming very dependent on APIs as a way to access these various cloud services," Linthicum said. According to Keagy, the movement to APIs is due to PaaS.

"Platform as a service is a tool that's going to be used by the commodity clouds -- Amazon, Google, Microsoft -- to lock people into their platforms. … PaaS, in my mind, is the enemy of all the rest of the world," Keagy said. Do APIs offer an alternative to PaaS? (17:25-25:00)

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This was last published in September 2014

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