Could WikiLeaks Get Your Secrets?
Here’s a story about a major Google catastrophe last week:
Gmail Reset Erases Messages? Users Report All Emails DELETED
Some Gmail users are reporting a major problem with Google's email service—specifically, that all of their emails, labels, themes, folders, and other personalized settings have all been erased.
Several Gmail help forums were filled with users who had experienced this problem. Users reported that they were able to receive new messages, but that none of their previous email exchanges were appearing. Contacts appear to have been preserved and the issue only seems to be affecting a subset of Gmail users ("less than .29 percent of the Google Mail userbase," according to Google).
—Bianca Bosker, The Huffington Post, Feb. 27, 2011
Having watched the Dot-Com Bust and seen monumental screw-ups on websites and storage, I would not go near the cloud with a pair of 20-foot tongs for two reasons:
1. If a Pfc. in Iraq can hack into the U.S. Government to the tune of 750,000 documents, couldn’t somebody smarter—and with more computing power—hack into the cloud?
2. OK, a company might save some money relying on the cloud. But remember what happened to some Gmail users last week and decide whether or not you trust one of the three behemoths not to inadvertently wipe out your entire business.