Could Amazon’s bulk-email service spawn spam and malware?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been a boon for developers and organizations that need large-scale code-crunching power but can’t or won’t shell out for the server racks. Unfortunately, those cheap, on-tap computing capabilities are an irresistible temptation to bad guys who can, for example, use EC2 to smash passwords in mere minutes for a handful of change.

A bulk email service called Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), the newest announcement from AWS, builds on that theme. When used for good — or at least legitimate — purposes, it gives companies and developers an inexpensive way to communicate with users via email. But it also plausibly equips bad guys with another tool for cheaply and anonymously perpetuating spam and malware — via

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