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Cederic Silver badge

Your assumption that cloud service providers can perpetually absorb increasing costs is not one I share.

I would further contend that the price is not the highest level it can be. It's kept at a rate that's competitive with alternatives, while still allowing a return on investment.

If that return on investment falls then the investment funds will be redirected, to where a better return to risk ratio is possible.

Thus if costs go up (due to criminality) either prices rise or investment falls (leading to a reduction in services available). Either of those options is a poor outcome for non-criminal cloud users.

You don't have to believe me. The article includes the views of industry experts. You're welcome to provide evidence that they're wrong - if you can find any.

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