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Terrorists are misusing cloud services to incite violence

September 04, 2018 / David Ibsen

Barely a decade old, cloud computing has revolutionised the way individuals and companies host and access digital content from anywhere in the world. Dropbox, a well-known cloud storage and file sharing provider, has more than 500 million users. They upload more than 1.2 billion files daily, create more than 100,000 new shared folders and links every hour, and make 4,000 edits every second. Dropbox is used worldwide. Unfortunately, the service is also being exploited by terrorist groups. To tackle terrorism's influence, the EU must ensure its regulation on the removal of terrorist content applies to cloud computing services like Dropbox. As they have with social media platforms and other online tools, terrorists and their supporters have been misusing cloud services as conduits to radicalisation and a means to incite supporters to commit acts of violence. However, despite increasing international recognition of the threat posed by terrorists’ use of the Internet in recent yea...