As with any new technology, the security scofflaws needed a little time to catch up. And come 2012 they'll find their in. 2011 already saw the potential for the cloud to be used for ill-gotten gain, whether it was researchers uncovering security holes in Amazon's cloud or the cloud being used to host malicious Web sites to steal data
"If we were meteorologists, we'd definitely be calling for overcast with a chance of storms," risk consulting firm Kroll says in a recent commentary. Meanwhile, surveys and reports indicate that major cloud-related data breaches cloud strike in 2012.