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General News    H2'ed 9/11/21

Pentagon retakes control of IP addresses it had shifted in final minutes of Trump's presidency

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Minutes before Trump left office, millions of the Pentagon’s dormant IP addresses sprang to life! The program draws scrutiny because of its enormous scale. unusual timing, starting amid a changeover of federal power! An analysis of the traffic flowing through the Internet addresses once controlled by Global Resource Systems, shows them still leading to the same place,  a computer router in Ashburn, Va., a major hub of Internet connections for government agencies & private companies  despite the official resumption of Pentagon control. The IP addresses had never been sold or leased to the company, merely put under its control for the pilot program, created by an elite Pentagon unit known as the Defense Digital Service, which reports directly to the secretary of defense and bills itself as a “SWAT team of nerds” that solves emergency problems and conducts experimental work for the military.

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From the article: "The IP addresses had never been sold or leased to the company, merely put under its control for the pilot program, created by an elite Pentagon unit known as the Defense Digital Service, which reports directly to the secretary of defense and bills itself as a "SWAT team of nerds" that solves emergency problems and conducts experimental work for the military."

"But the Pentagon statement shed little new light on exactly what the pilot program was doing or why it now has ended. It's clear, though, that its mission has been extended even as it comes more formally under Pentagon control.

"On the unusual timing of the start of the pilot program which began the transfer of control of IP addresses at 11:57 a.m. on Inauguration Day, three minutes before President Biden took office Goemaere added, "The decision to launch and the scheduling of the DDS pilot effort was agnostic of administration change. The effort was planned and initiated in the Fall of 2020. It was launched in mid-January 2021 when the required infrastructure was in place. Given the opportunity, maintaining low visibility was also desirable in order to observe traffic in its current state, allowing us to identify potential vulnerabilities and assess and mitigate potential cyber threats."

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