The Pentagon Is About To Do Something Stupid

Authored by Derek Hunter, op-ed via The Daily Caller,

By now, there’s a fairly good chance your personal information has been exposed, to one degree or another, to hackers. Personally, I’ve received notifications from several companies and my college about hacking attempts they’ve suffered that made my personal information vulnerable to identity thieves, and you or someone know likely has, too. It’s the reality of living in the 21st century - hackers are constantly attempting to access our information, which requires us to take extra precautions to protect our important information. If only government were so concerned.

In 2013, 40 million customers of Target stores had their credit and debit card information stolen. The Equifax hack exposed nearly half the country, almost 150 million people’s personal information to hackers. Even the federal government suffered a breach when, in 2015, it was announced that the records of 21.5 million government employees and others who had gone through background checks for security clearances for the Office of Personnel Management had been stolen, likely by Chinese hackers.

If it’s digital, it vulnerable.

That truth presents the federal government with a special problem. The feds amass more data than just about anyone. And, more importantly, more sensitive data than anyone. And that sensitive data is a prime target for hackers, both from hostile states and anyone willing to sell to them. The potential rewards for bad actors are limitless, which makes the danger limitless as well.

The federal government is left scrambling to stay one step ahead of the hoard seeking to breach those secrets. This race had led to some necessary innovations and strategic thinking, like a decentralized system so no one can access everything by accessing one system.

Well, they used to have a decentralized system, but in a boneheaded move only the government could concoct, the Pentagon is looking to create a single, giant database for our nation’s secrets in the cloud.

Being the government, they don’t have the ability to create their own cloud; they’re farming it out. Just imagine: the most important bits of intelligence our nation gathers — names, dates, spy satellite photos, bank accounts, everything required for our intelligence agencies to keep us one step ahead of our enemies, to keep us safe — all entrusted to one company.

And which company? Amazon. It’s not yet official, but the Pentagon has a “winner-takes-all” bidding process they’re advancing that even the other competitors for the contract admit Amazon will win.

This decision is, quite simply, crazy. Why would the government award a contract, this contract, to a company the president routinely puts in his crosshairs? As it turns out, you can thank President Barack Obama for that.

“To reward tech companies that supported his campaign, Obama populated the government’s digital services with their flunkies,” the Weekly Standard reported,including the fact that the Defense Innovation Board is “chaired by Bezos’s partner and fellow Clinton supporter Eric Schmidt.”

The swamp didn’t become so swampy by itself.

As the Standard put it, this situation “created an environment where political enemies of President Donald Trump can continue to give kickbacks to the groups and individuals who opposed him, undermining his ability to lead our national security efforts.”

So, we have a national security system on the verge of consolidating all of its intelligence in one place, making it a prime target for hacking. And the company set to get the multi-billion-dollar, multi-year contract to house all of those secrets is owned by the richest man in the world, who just happens to be one of President Trump’s targets for criticism.  Add to that the fact that the government bureaucracy that set this in motion is populated with people loyal to the previous administration and you begin to see the scope of this mess.

With all that has come to light about the intelligence community in the past month, the exposure of the Obama administration’s spying on the Trump campaign, the idea of trusting his appointees with protecting our nation’s secrets seems, at a minimum, ill-advised. And putting them all under one umbrella while trusting Amazon with them makes even less sense.

This is the swamp President Trump promised to drain.

The president, at a minimum, needs to stop the centralizing of our national security data. Unless and until we can protect our personal data and our credit card transactions, we should not put the biggest prize in international intelligence in one place. That would just be stupid.


land_of_the_few Bitchface-KILLAH Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:37 Permalink

Yes and no. Younger people seem less able to recognize fraud, take more risks and are more willing to share their personal info.

"People between the ages of 25 and 34 were the most likely to lose money to fraud,"according to a 2016 study from the Better Business Bureau. "And more than half of those who suffered a fraud-related financial loss had a college degree."

More millennials reported losing money to scam in 2017 than senior citizens…

Proviso - folks in the not-totally senior age group 60-69 also get hit pretty hard. Fairly sure I worked with some of that group before, figures. :D

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SACRED-COW land_of_the_few Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:44 Permalink

In addition, don't bother to register for any of the class action law suits against companies who carelessly store everyone's data.  Just like everything else, it's a fraud.  The victims get zilch.  The money awarded in the judgement is split between the offending corporation and the law firm representing the public.  This rule of thumb applies to almost all class action suits, short of the "high profile" VW emissions cheating scandal. 



… friendly and outgoing, but when you know him, he is arrogant, conceited and not very interested in people … but when he begins to talk, he can be a most persuasive, charming, convincing individual … he gains your confidence and makes you feel like the most important person in the world … but don’t be fooled, he doesn’t really like people  … to him, people are just objects to be twisted, shaped and manipulated.  The picture that emerges is not one of innocence but more like mild retardates with probable criminal intent.

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Leakanthrophy Arnold Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:41 Permalink

"Hackers" ... are The Gov. , STUPID !

Hackers couldn't care less about your private info, since are more safe $ to be made mining, emptying crypto wallets, selling  shit that never arrives on Ebay, industrial espionage, etc. 

Remember Anonymous aka FBI asset Hector Monsegur? = GOV

Remember those Russian hackers trying to meddle into elections all over the world? = GOV

Remember all those Twitter bots supporting ISIS, White Helmets, Antifa, etc that never get purged? = GOV


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Trader200K I am Groot Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:39 Permalink

You got this from an Engineering Open House wowwee project to suck in high school tuition money right?

40 BITS/sec MAX? ... limited to a clandestine pickup device required to be installed within 150 centimeters of the computer ALSO with the proviso of insider access to load the transmitting malware?

40 bits per second .... that's 289 days per gigabyte. (Or 791 years to snatch that $75 terabyte device?)

i would say this particular exploit risk is negligible when compared to other far more productive methods...

Even basic air gapping with sensible local precautions beats 'cloud' risks by a mile ... especially when the operator has no legal skin in the game for their customers' IP after the licensing/leasing agreement is inked.

Read your cloud contract like all your cash depends on it! It does!




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ThirteenthFloor Bitchface-KILLAH Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:17 Permalink

Not true.  Digital is binary and editing of it is easy quite easy without detection.  With streams of 1’s and 0’s you just match cut.  Analog data is difficult to edit without more obvious detection a cut mark or jump in edge / wave or image.

Digital documents/photos/recordings were not acceptable as legal evidence in court until 1996, For the reason I just mention, then analog devices just starting disappearing, so courts had little choice.  See CALEA act.

A digital recording can be easily manipulated to make the person being recorded; say or do just about anything without detection of edit.


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44_shooter JimmyJones Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:39 Permalink

Are you sure you are supposed to be posting on ZH?  Usually they don't allow rational, intelligent comments.

The Navy, Air Force and Darpa also have their own private clouds.


This article doesn't explain that currently Amazons .gov cloud can only handle up to DOD Secret.


What you can keep on .gov cloud.

Restricted material would cause "undesirable effects" if publicly available. Some countries do not have such a classification; in public sectors, such as commercial industries. Such a level is also known as "Private Information".

Confidential material would cause damage or be prejudicial to national security if publicly available.

Secret material would cause "serious damage" to national security if it were publicly available.


What you can NOT keep on .gov cloud

Secret compartmented so that specific access using a code word after secret is a legal way to hide collective and important information..  Material would cause "serious damage" to national security if it were publicly available.

Top Secret is the highest level of classified information. Such material would cause "exceptionally grave damage" to national security if made publicly available.

Top Secret compartmented so that specific access using a code word after top secret is a legal way to hide collective and important information. Such material would cause "exceptionally grave damage" to national security if made publicly available.




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Roger Rabbit The First Rule Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:01 Permalink

I don't get why anyone with a brain is asking this question. Congress has made it perfectly clear they will not approve new DOJ appointments. So Trump can fire both of them...and then be stuck not being able to replace them. In addition, the Dems and deep state will immediately kick into high gear, with endless attacks of Trump trying to take over government like he's some out of control dictator.

Obviously if Trump knew he could appoint a new AG and deputy AG and they'd be approved by Congress, he would have at least given Sessions the boot ages ago. Trump's playing this as smart as possible, given all the obstacles everyone in government is putting in front of him.

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Bloodstock ZENDOG Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:21 Permalink

With our way of thinking and living yeah, they're a bunch of fucking idiots. That said, these fuckers don't think like we do, their agenda is different and they are going along with their plan as quickly as they can. It used to be on a slower pace. Now they've got the pedal to the metal. Be wary and never let your guard down. Dare to question authority and educate others. 

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J Mahoney ZENDOG Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

DITTO !!! Fucking Idiots

Amazong discriminates against USA sellers because almost all their IT work is done in Asia -- I cannot imagine our pentagon work getting done here when Amazong doesnt have the resources available. Amazong is a piece of SHIT, especially the way they lobbied for cheap postage rates for their Asian sellers so USA sellers cant even compete much less the brick and mortar stores here. By their actions, Amazong is nothing but a front for the Chinese government and I hope every dumb shit prime member would bail on them.

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