Skip to comments.How Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are Inviting China Into America’s DoD Computers
Posted on 07/01/2018 10:27:59 AM PDT by Kaslin
Amazon originally started out many years ago selling books online. But owner Jeff Bezos has aggressively led it to now selling everything online, making Bezos one of the richest men in world history.
Bezos's corporate empire includes Amazon Web Services (AWS), a leading pioneer of cloud computing services. Cloud computing enables anyone in an organization worldwide to access the organizations documents and data online. That enables the organizations employees to collaborate and communicate online, from anywhere in the world.
Americas Defense Department is now trying to catch up to the worlds leading multinational companies to adopt cloud computing for Americas global national defenses. The contract for that cloud computing is increasingly falling into the hands of Bezos's Amazon Web Services. Amazons corporate empire also includes the Washington Post, and Bezos is also one of Americas leading Trump haters.
While Defense denies any decision has been made, Amazon already won a $600 million, 2013 contract to provide cloud services to the CIA. The next year, Amazon won the contract to provide cloud computing to the General Services Administration (GSA).
Then in February 2016, Defense granted a nearly $1 billion contract to REAN Cloud LLC, an Amazon partner, to help with the Defense Departments transition to the new Cloud services. The IT world loudly raised alarm bells that this meant the Defense Cloud contract was going to Amazon as well. The Pentagon said it was unaware of the contract granted by its Silicon Valley-based innovation unit.
President Obama, in fact, established Defense Department IT sub-agencies specifically to help out Silicon Valley-based companies that supported his campaigns. Bezos commands a vast array of Washington lobbyists, and has already salted Defense IT bureaucracies with former Amazon employees who remain as Obama holdovers.
As Steve Sherman wrote in Townhall on March 14, Its hard to believe reassurances that the process isnt rigged as you begin to search through the multitude of appointees involved in the process who now work for the Pentagon who were once Amazon employees and found their place in the swamp as Obama appointees. Indeed, Bezos himself is Chairman of the Defense Innovation Board.
Like the rest of Amazon, the cloud computing contract is increasingly growing into one giant, mega, single source, $10 billion contract for 10 years. One Defense Department high tech contract would cover services to 3.4 million users, operating from 4 million devices, utilizing 1,700 data centers. There could be 500 different cloud initiatives across the whole department.
Despite Americas array of world leading IT innovators -- Microsoft, Google, Apple, Oracle, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, IBM the Pentagon is falling into the trap of turning over its entire global computing to the Washington insider tech behemoth Amazon.
Just one IT contractor for the entire Pentagon would become the worlds most lucrative target for hackers across the entire planet. As economist Matt Stoller of the Open Markets Institute was quoted in The Hill, A single source provider for Pentagon cloud services is obviously reckless. The Pentagon should clearly have multiple cloud providers so that if something happens to one of them there is resiliency and redundancy.
Even worse, Amazon Web Services is already compromised by the Chinese government. That arises from the previous AWS contract with Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. China requires foreign companies doing business in China to transfer its technology to its local Chinese partners. China considers that the price of doing business in China.
Chinese law forbids non-Chinese companies from owning or operating certain technology for the provision of cloud services, AWS explained. Consequently, in order to comply with Chinese law, AWS sold its cloud computing technology to Sinnett, its Chinese partner, the Wall Street Journal reported last year.
Putting all of Americas Defense documents and data in Amazons cloud consequently just invites China to hack into the Pentagons computers and snoop around. That is more than a threat to national security. With all of the Pentagons documents and data in the Amazon Cloud, Chinese and Russian hackers would have access from all over the world to Americas national defenses.
Shocking that Americas military commanders would be letting the American people down in that careless way. Amazons effective takeover bid of the Pentagon exposes Americas national defense to Chinese invasion.
I’ve recently heard of a floor-covering company owner, who calls in reps from “American made” carpet, hardwood, and laminate, and gets them to leave him “samples”.
He has a contact in China who will “clone” those samples, and make virtually the same product, and sell it back to him at a fraction of the cost.
His customers are not aware that “Chinese” product is being installed in their homes, and the dealer/owner is making an unheard of profit on flooring by marking it up.
President Trump should include floor covering, and these type things, on his Tariff.
Amazon is also a major CIA contractor.
Or how to surrender to an enemy without a shot fired or the public knowing it.
It looks like investigation time to me.
the most disturbing thing about this company is that it was founded by three Indian nationals, and 90% of employees are Indian, either H1Bs in the U.S., or employees in India. the Pentagon should not be putting critical information in the hands of foreign nationals.
Indians are masters at inserting vulnerabilities into web services that others can take advantage of. I’m sure some of it is unintentional since “best practice” today is to deploy complex crap with vulnerabilities in it. But I’d bet some is intentional as well. Some of the prices for building web services are too good to be true. There must be other ways they are getting paid.
Just what information is going on the internet for the military?
Jeff Bezos = Lex Luthor.
Some, but this issue is about networks that support sensitive and classified information that is supposed to be walled off. Some are classified and standalone and some are just firewalled from the internet. In either case all it takes is one insider in Amazon to steal the data.
-> Microsoft, Google, Apple, Oracle, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, IBM
ALL of the alternative companies listed are sharing technology with China. It was mostly started by IBM.
Then beware obama or Clinton friends ending up on the board of directors of Amazon.
Why, in the name of all that is Holy, is the CIA exposing its data by using ‘the Cloud?’
Everything should be internal - and using sneaker-net (hand carried) wherever possible.
Because Obamas goal was for there to be no secrets except for his secrets and for all countries to have equal information and equal stuff.
That's not say there are not problems. Typically the software running on the cloud is open source with many worldwide authors. Typically there is a staging cloud that is connected to the internet but behind a firewall. It requires a login to get into it. But one must consider the possibility that there can be a back door of some sort.
To get from the Amazon-provided standalone cloud to the outside is hopefully difficult. But I believe it would take one rogue Amazon insider to do it, their version of Edward Snowden.
Here's a description from Amazon: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/publicsector/announcing-the-new-aws-secret-region/
You mean one American-educated, Chinese national employee, right?
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