Picture Me Coding

Cyber Crimes in the Early Days of Cloud Computing

December 06, 2023 Erik Aker and Mike Mull Season 1 Episode 17
Picture Me Coding
Cyber Crimes in the Early Days of Cloud Computing
Show Notes

Today on the show we welcome Scott Aker who regales us with a tale of a seedy group of hackers breaking into cloud compute services in order to steal compute power for their own nefarious aims. 

Scott started writing software in the Bay Area in the '80s and moved on to become an engineering manager overseeing operations and infrastructure, areas of activity we would today probably call "DevOps". At the time this story took place, Scott found himself in a startup that was going up against the likes of AWS, and this company's existence was potentially threatened by these hackers who were targeting their services.

What was this hacking group trying to do? Listen to Scott's story to find out.