Mobile browser vulnerability lets hackers steal cloud computing time

By | November 29, 2012

Source: Computerworld

by Jon Gold

In this article “A novel technique based on MapReduce could let hackers hijack computing resources used by cloud-based mobile browsers and use them anonymously, according to security researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon.

Cloud browsing uses outside computing power to process web pages and deliver them to end users, instead of doing the heavy lifting on the end-user’s own device. The researchers say that the technique is particularly useful for mobile browsing, which would otherwise have to rely on a mobile device’s less-powerful hardware. Opera Mini and Android Silk are the best-known browsers to use the technique, though there are others available.”

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