Amazon Announces "AWS Secret" Service For The CIA, US Intelligence

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Shortly after Wired first profiled the NSA's new super spycenter in Bluffdale, Utah (one year before Snowden confirmed that much of the agency's activity involved spying on US citizens and soon to be presidents), speculation emerged as to how much data storage capacity this brand new US spy hub would have. According to a then-estimate by Forbes, the storage capacity at the Bluffdale facility was between 3 and 12 exabytes ( 1 exabyte is 1 billion gigabytes) based on analysis of unclassified blueprints, although some had vastly greater estimates ranging from yottabytes (in Wired) to 5 zettabytes (on NPR), a.k.a. words that most probably can’t pronounce but translate to ‘a lot.'

And, in retrospect, it appears to not have been enough, because on Monday, Amazon Web Services announced it was now offering a commercial cloud service to the US Intelligence Community (i.e. spies on both foreign targets and US presidential campaigns) called, directly enough "Secret Region" that can operate workloads up to the Secret U.S. security classification level.

“Today we mark an important milestone as we launch the AWS Secret Region,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector. “AWS now provides the U.S. Intelligence Community a commercial cloud capability across all classification levels: Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret. The U.S. Intelligence Community can now execute their missions with a common set of tools, a constant flow of the latest technology and the flexibility to rapidly scale with the mission. The AWS Top Secret Region was launched three years ago as the first air-gapped commercial cloud and customers across the U.S. Intelligence Community have made it a resounding success. Ultimately, this capability allows more agency collaboration, helps get critical information to decision makers faster, and enables an increase in our Nation’s Security.”

Catching many by surprise by going public with its close and explicit commercial ties to the US intel community, in the process validating recurring rumors, Jeff Bezos who along with Google and FaceBook, has been accused of becoming a data collection sieve for US spies in exchange for a "commission", was delighted to parade with the new designation of enabling the NSA, CIA and FBI's data retention, and said that "with the launch of this new Secret Region, AWS becomes the first and only commercial cloud provider to offer regions to serve government workloads across the full range of data classifications, including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret."

It also noted that "by using the cloud, the U.S. Government is better able to deliver necessary information and data to mission stakeholders." Of course, it also makes it especially easy for any Russian hackers who allegedly have access to the NSA's own counterhacking tools, to penetrate any cloud, whether Amazon's or anyone else's, and intercept critical "Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret" information... and then have those same Russians be blamed for the favorite candidate losing the presidential election.

As for Bezos, he has so far managed to slip through the cracks of an angry populist backlash against up and coming highly politicized monopoly powers, who just happen to own the Washington Post. A few more transactions such as this one, however, and the blowback just may be inevitable.

Also, we wonder if today's deal will cement Alexa's status as the CIA's favorite in-house, internet-of-spying-things always on microphone?

Full Amazon statement below:

Announcing the New AWS Secret Region

We are pleased to announce the new AWS Secret Region. The AWS Secret Region can operate workloads up to the Secret U.S. security classification level. The AWS Secret Region is readily available to the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) through the IC’s Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) contract with AWS. The AWS Secret Region also will be available to non-IC U.S. Government customers with appropriate Secret-level network access and their own contract vehicles for use of the AWS Secret Region. These contract vehicles will not be part of the IC’s C2S contract.

With the launch of this new Secret Region, AWS becomes the first and only commercial cloud provider to offer regions to serve government workloads across the full range of data classifications, including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret. By using the cloud, the U.S. Government is better able to deliver necessary information and data to mission stakeholders.

“Today we mark an important milestone as we launch the AWS Secret Region,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector. “AWS now provides the U.S. Intelligence Community a commercial cloud capability across all classification levels: Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret. The U.S. Intelligence Community can now execute their missions with a common set of tools, a constant flow of the latest technology and the flexibility to rapidly scale with the mission. The AWS Top Secret Region was launched three years ago as the first air-gapped commercial cloud and customers across the U.S. Intelligence Community have made it a resounding success. Ultimately, this capability allows more agency collaboration, helps get critical information to decision makers faster, and enables an increase in our Nation’s Security.”

Architected for Compliance

Cloud security at AWS is the highest priority. AWS customers benefit from data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations. AWS supports more classification levels, laws, regulations, and security frameworks than any other cloud provider.

The AWS Secret Region is designed and built to meet the regulatory and compliance requirements of the IC. The AWS Secret Region will be assessed and accredited for security compliance under the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Intelligence Community Directive (ICD 503) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-53 Revision 4.

Open for U.S. Government Customers

With the new AWS Secret Region, we are bringing the same tools and workflows that are already  available for Top Secret workloads to customers with Secret datasets and workloads.

The C2S contract between AWS and the IC, an arrangement exclusively available to the IC, affords for the use of AWS Secret Region services, making this new infrastructure readily available to members of the IC.

The AWS Secret Region is a key component of the Intel Community’s multi-fabric cloud strategy. It will have the same material impact on the IC at the Secret level that C2S has had at Top Secret,” said John Edwards, CIO, Central Intelligence Agency.

Learn more about existing AWS Regions securely designed for the U.S. Government by watching John G. Edwards, Chief Information Officer, CIA, share an update at the 2017 AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC on how the CIA has placed a big bet on adopting commercial cloud technology and how AWS has been pivotal in helping them to deliver on their mission.

For more information

Contact AWS Worldwide Public Sector here.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

Alexa:  Why aren't you buying this from an Israeli company?

Alexa:  Are you refusing to maintain a strong and supportive relationship with Israel?

Alexa:  I am informing Twitter of your negative comment, and another I heard you make about The Washington Post, and your account is being suspended.

Alexa:  Due to your browsing habits, your ration of Soylent Green is is being raised from 100 grams to 85 grams.

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-20/oy-vey-now-seven-flags-over-tex...

Gead's picture

"I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that".

BennyBoy's picture

 

Yeah, the secrets will stay safe on the cloud.

Who could hack the cloud?

Russia!

opport.knocks's picture

Alexowitz: I can get that for you wholesale.

RougeUnderwriter's picture

Ya and Cell phone, computers and smart TV are not far behind

buzzsaw99's picture

don't answer the phone [/cheech]

tongue.stan's picture

Alexa, do amazon servers host zerohedge?

opport.knocks's picture

LOLz - sad but true, Honey(pot).

small axe's picture

no wonder the US government gives Bezos carte blanche for monopoly -- he's got the goods on everybody

dark pools of soros's picture

doesnt matter what people know, it's what is allowed to be talked about that controls people

Endgame Napoleon's picture

If you doubt it, Saint Bernie has a $600,000 lake house that a middle-class working family can afford at a reasonable price of $20,000.

Dontblamethegoat's picture

HH .... The better to camouflage what we are really doing ...

Rainman's picture

yup, it's about as unhackable as the unsinkable Titanic

Joe Davola's picture

It's only as good as the weakest link, and with internet technology - there's lots of links.

For instance, if you have your housekeeper printout the classified stuff so you can read it off-line, that might be a vulnerability.

Arnold's picture

I am the system administrator.
Document 10144 should be classified Top Secret.
Your Welcome.

--Tay

Billy the Poet's picture

I suspect that the housekeeper is the one who wiped that server with a cloth. Kind of like Rosemary Woods meets Hazel.

opport.knocks's picture

Whatever you do, don't dust in that closet!! Housekeeper enters expecting to see Hillary's sex slave and exits disappointed.

hotrod's picture

I hope people wake up and stop supporting Amazon.  Entire enterprise has a government footprint just like Google and FB

dark pools of soros's picture

but they are cornering the infrastructure... like buying up all the malls so whoever you shop with they get a cut

and since Netflix lives on their servers it is only a matter a time they just sell or merge with Amazon's streaming service

what if Amazon triples the rates everyyear?? Netflix going to move where?

Eyes Opened's picture

Suddenly... thoughts of EMPs don't seem so bad....

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

This.  Burn it all to the ground.  Make 'em bring back the mechanical typewriter.

Kassandra's picture

Mechanical typewriter. I think those are now illegal.

Arnold's picture

I have a Selectric in the Gun Closet, with enough correction tape to hold out for years..

replaceme's picture

They're the big provider for all things cloud, when it comes to the .gov. #WHATMEWORRY?

any_mouse's picture

Amazon has been selected to be a procurement agency for the US government. Did you see that article as it flashed by?

Arnold's picture

Buried deep in this year’s defense spending bill is a provision that would move Defense Department purchases of commercial off-the-shelf products to online marketplaces.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-18/amazon-opoly-jeff-bezos-may-be-...

redmudhooch's picture

You know how much of our money these paranoid assholes piss away every single fucking day?

Yet they do nothing to stop "terrorist" attacks.

CIA/Mossad are the fucking terrorists, we fund our own demise.

Sad!

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Red,

They’re nothing more than a "Company Man" / front man for the
Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA.

Pure Evil Amazon's front man is Bezos.
Pure Evil Goolgle's front man is Criminal Schmitt.
FaceFuck's is Zuckerberg.
All "Company Men."
#Vault7?
#UMBRAGE

The Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA had their "Company Man" / front man Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Obama in the Office of the CEO aka "President" for eight years.

They don't now.

Thus, Trump. For whatever he may be.... Isn't their "Selected" choice Company" front man to hold the Office of CEO.

Their Matrix of lies & their Dystopian Reality has been exposed.

The Criminal Deep State has accentually lost control of the Intelligence Community via its Agents / Operatives & Presstitute Media vehicle's to Gas Light the Masses.

dark pools of soros's picture

but unless they are thrown in jail and assets seized, a la allah akbar Saudi prince style, nothing will change as they are rich enough to wait out decades to keep their power forever

Stopdreaming's picture

You have to take the blinders off to see the truth. Most are so zombified and hypnotized by all the latest Apple/Droid gadgets that they cannot see the Matrix Code if it smacked them in the face.

 


GreatUncle's picture

If you didn't get blown up why pay them?

falak pema's picture

WHO SAYS FANG DOES NOT RUN THE NEW US STATE?

Its the Oligarchs of Pax Americana, AI and cloud, that run the country. 

They generate the PROFITS that the Banksters and Political class then suck into the state.

DEM vs GOP is a game for SUCKERS, useful idiots.

We are back to the Medici of the Renaissance. 

Wake up. The Duck is just a frontman who wants to build a Trump tower in...

China and Russia; maybe in Riyadh!

He can't see further than dat !

Haha! Duck Dynasty you chumps! 

Falconsixone's picture

AI will take it over.

pitz's picture

ITS NOT HUMAN INTELLIGENCE!

Falconsixone's picture

Aliens -vs- AI

 

Humans are pets at best.

rlouis's picture

ABH - 'Already Been Hacked'

Akzed's picture

Lee Greenwood says this is all ok.

DaBard51's picture

"I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that."  -- HAL9000, "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)

 

 

 

When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

John Kerry-Heinz's picture

I'm guessing the fine people at Google already have too many problems of their own....

Intelligence gathering is much like robbing stores in an already crime saturated area, time to find a new area to expand into.  i.e Google and facebook must have storage growth capacity issues of their own.

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, are all CIA run shell corporations amongst many others.....

Always double down on a previously doubled down lie....

G_T_A_44's picture

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, are all CIA run shell corporations amongst many others.....

 

Bingo! Many, many other Black-Op shells.

Solio's picture

Oh, where murderers, pedos, and cannibals plan?

SilverDOG's picture

"There's something out there waiting for us, and it ain't no man. We're all gonna die"

- Billy in "Predator"

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-Hgd5gHWbA

 

Ahhh watch the whole damn movie. It is like the Matrix I or II.

We're fucked due to majority 'tards rule.

USA !USA ! USA !

Money_for_Nothing's picture

Amazon is in serious trouble. I didn't suspect that till they announced the above. The only reason to announce the above is to head off serious trouble.

Something along the line ...Amazon is too important to the US to be forced to do what other companies are forced to do...

Cooked books? Break up a monopoly? Must be big issue.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

We call that breaking the 'TBTF' barrier.  ;)

Arnold's picture

News Paper revenues don't fit the unicorn model you know.

Dr. Acula's picture

>Cooked books?

They cooked the books to show a 500-to-1 P/E ratio?

 

Consuelo's picture

 

 

This is what is known as:

The Security State.