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Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 writes: Researchers from two U.S. universities have created a way to anonymously use cloud-based Web browsers to perform large-scale computing tasks — a feat that also demonstrates how hackers might secretly harness massive computing power to launch attacks.

Using the MapReduce technique developed by Google to facilitate large-scale computations, researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon explored the computation and memory limits of four cloud browsers. They specifically focused on the viability of the MapReduce BMR architecture by implementing a client based on a reverse engineering of the Puffin cloud browser.

"We've shown that this can be done," he added. "And one of the broader ramifications of this is that it could be done anonymously. For instance, a third party could easily abuse these systems, taking the free computational power and using it to crack passwords," one of the researchers said.

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Researchers Exploit Cloud Browsers for Large-Scale Computing Tasks

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