Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has some serious concerns about the move of users data to “the cloud.”
WASHINGTON — Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, predicted “horrible problems” in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold.
…The engineering wizard behind the progenitor of today’s personal computer, the Apple II, was most outspoken on the shift away from hard disks towards uploading data into remote servers, known as cloud computing.
“I really worry about everything going to the cloud,” he said. “I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years.”
He added: “With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away” through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to.
“I want to feel that I own things,” Wozniak said. “A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.”
At nearly the same time he was uttering those words Mat Honan, a senior writer for Wired’s Gadget Lab, was having his digital life (much of it stored in the cloud) destroyed not by some masterful hackers, but by fairly simple social engineering that allowed a hacker to assume his Apple, Amazon, and Google identities then wipe his cloud data and his Macbook.
The scary part is that, with the right set of circumstances, you could do it to another Mac user right now even after all the publicity.