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The Pentagon’s big internet mystery is now partially solved

BOSTON – Something very strange happened on the Internet on the day of President Biden’s inauguration. The shadow company, which lives in a joint venture area above the Bank of Florida, has announced to the world’s computer networks that it now controls part of the vast, previously idle Internet owned by the US Department of Defense.

That real estate has more than quadrupled to 175 million addresses, 1/25 the size of the current Internet.

“It’s massive. That’s the biggest thing in the history of the Internet, “said Doug Madori, director of web analytics at Kentik. It is also twice the size of the Internet space actually used by the Pentagon.

After weeks of surprise from the Weeks transit community, the Pentagon has now given a very harsh explanation for what it is doing. But that did not answer many of the basic questions, from why he chose to entrust address space management to a company that did not seem to exist until September.

The Invaders hope to “assess, evaluate and prevent unauthorized use of DoD IP space,” said Brett Goldstein, the Pentagon’s director of digital security, who led the project, in a statement issued Friday. It hopes to “identify potential vulnerabilities” as part of efforts by global adversaries to protect themselves from cyber-attacks that are constantly infiltrating US networks, sometimes operating from unused Internet address blocks.

The statement did not say whether the “pilot project” would involve outside contractors.

The Pentagon regularly struggles with unauthorized access to its territory, in part because of a shortage of first-generation Internet addresses since 2011. now they sell at auction for more than $ 25 each.

Madori says address area advertising will make it easier to track down pursuers and “gather a lot of background internet traffic for threatening US forces.”

Some cybersecurity experts believe that the Pentagon could use the newly advertised area to create “honeymooners” with vulnerabilities to shoot at hackers. Or the creation of special infrastructure could be sought – software – servers – to spoil the march for suspicious activity.

“This greatly increases the area they could control,” said Madori, who posted a blog post on Saturday.

What the Pentagon spokesman could not explain on Saturday is why the Department of Defense chose Global Resource Systems LLC, which has no government contracts, to manage the address area.

“And why would the Ministry of Defense act like I’s a little mysterious, like you,” said Paul Wicks, an Internet pioneer who believes he’s named his համակարգը FarSight Security CEO.

The company did not return phone calls or emails from The Associated Press. It has no web presence, although it has the domain grscorp.com. Its name does not appear in its Florida Plantation directory, and a receptionist wrote it blank when an AP reporter asked a company representative in the office earlier this month. He found his name in the list of tenants and offered to try e-mail. Records show that the company did not receive a business license from Plantation.

Included in Delaware և Registered by a Beverly Hills lawyer, Global Resource Systems LLC now manages more Internet space than China Telecom, AT&T or Comcast.

The only name associated with it in the Florida Business Register coincides with the name of a person on Nevada corporate records dating back to 2018, a managing member of a cybersecurity / Internet surveillance equipment company called Packet Forensics. Over the past decade, the company has had nearly $ 40 million in public federal contracts, including clients of the FBI, the Pentagon’s leading defense research agency.

The man, Raymond Saulino, is also listed as the CEO of Tidewater Laskin Associates, which was founded in 2018 and received an FCC license in April 2020. It shares the same Virginia Beach, Virginia, UPS store – corporate records as Packet Forensics. They both have different mailbox numbers. The number mentioned in the Tidewater Laskin FCC presentation is answered by an automated service that offers four different options, but does not connect callers to one by processing all calls to the original recording.

Saulino did not return calls to comment, and Rodney Joffen, a longtime partner at Packet Forensics, said he believed Saulino was retired. Cyber ​​security envoy Jofen declined to comment further. Joffen is the Chief Technical Officer of Neustar Inc., which provides Internet intelligence խոշոր services to major industries, including telecommunications and security.

In 2011, Packet Forensics և its spokesperson Saulino made history with Wired as the company sold devices to government agencies and law enforcement that allowed them to spy on web browsers using forged security certificates.

The company continues to sell “legally disruptive” equipment, according to its website. One of its current contracts with the Defense Research Projects Agency is for “the use of autonomy to counter cyber-adversary systems.” The contract description states that it explores “technologies for safe, secure and effective active defense operations in cyberspace.” Starting in 2019, the contract language states that the program “will explore the possibility of creating secure, reliable autonomous software agencies that can effectively counter malicious botnet implants and similar large-scale malicious programs.”

Deepening Mystery is the name of Global Resource Systems. It’s similar to the company that claims that Ron Gilmett, an independent Internet fraud investigator, sent spam emails identifying the same Internet routes. It closed more than a decade ago. The type of company only differs. This is a limited liability company. The other was the corporation. They both used the same street address in Plantation, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale.

“This is deeply questionable,” said Gilmet, who in 2006 unsuccessfully sued the previous incarnation of Global Resource Systems for unfair business practices. In such a situation, Gilmet considers a masquerade, known as a slip stream, to be a hamster tactic. “If they wanted to be more serious about hiding it, they could not have used Ray Saulino, this dubious name.”

Gilmet ադ Madori was alerted to the mystery when network operators began inquiring about it by e-mail in mid-March. But almost everyone involved did not want to talk about it. Mike Leber, who owns Hurricane Electric, the company that transmits the address block traffic, did not return the email. Letters or phone messages.

Despite the hacking of the Internet address, the Pentagon, which created the Internet, showed no interest in selling any of its addresses, and Defense Department spokesman Russell Gomera told the AP on Saturday that none of the newly announced areas had been sold. ,


Associated Press writer Terry Spencer contributed to this report in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


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