A whistle-blowing platform, WikiLeaks, has revealed what it claimed as a “extremely confidential” doc pilfered from the cloud computing supplier Amazon.
Naming the doc “Amazon Atlas“, the anti-secrecy group claimed on Thursday: “The doc from late 2015 lists the addresses and a few operational particulars of over 100 information facilities unfold throughout fifteen cities in 9 international locations”. It additionally highlighted the corporate’s ongoing hyperlinks with the US intelligence group.
To accompany this doc, WikiLeaks additionally created a map exhibiting the place Amazon’s information facilities are situated.
“Amazon, which is the biggest cloud supplier, is notoriously secretive in regards to the exact areas of its information facilities. Whereas a couple of are publicly tied to Amazon, that is the exception moderately than the norm. Extra typically, Amazon operates out of knowledge facilities owned by different firms with little indication that Amazon itself is predicated there too or runs its personal information facilities beneath less-identifiable subsidiaries resembling VaData, Inc,” the press launch stated.
Highlighting its hyperlinks with the US secret companies, the WikiLeaks stated: “Amazon is the main cloud supplier for america intelligence group. In 2013, Amazon entered right into a $600 million contract with the CIA to construct a cloud to be used by intelligence companies working with info labeled as High Secret. Then, in 2017, Amazon introduced the AWS Secret Area, which permits storage of knowledge labeled as much as the Secret stage by a broader vary of companies and corporations. Amazon additionally operates a particular GovCloud area for US Authorities companies internet hosting unclassified info”.
At present, Amazon is among the main contenders for an as much as $10 billion contract to construct a non-public cloud for the Division of Protection. Amazon is among the solely firms with the certifications required to host labeled information within the cloud, learn the discharge.
“The Protection Division is on the lookout for a single supplier and different firms, together with Oracle and IBM, have complained that the necessities unfairly favor Amazon. Bids on this contract are due tomorrow”.
“Till now, this cloud infrastructure managed by Amazon was largely hidden, with solely the overall geographic areas of the information facilities publicised,” it added.
Within the strategy of dispelling the thriller across the areas of Amazon’s information facilities, WikiLeaks additionally turned this doc right into a puzzle recreation, the Quest of Random Clues. The objective of this recreation was to encourage individuals to analysis these information facilities in a enjoyable and intriguing means, whereas highlighting associated points resembling contracts with the intelligence group, Amazon’s advanced company buildings, and the physicality of the cloud.
Amazon didn’t give response over the discharge to this point.
WikiLeaks has been comparatively silent since March, when the web connection of founder Julian Assange’s web entry was blocked inside London’s Ecuadorean Embassy, the place he has been dwelling beneath asylum since 2012.
Final yr, the whistle-blowing agency revealed emails from Democratic Celebration officers and a collection of disclosures about alleged Central Intelligence Company (CIA) hacking instruments.
Final month, Julian Assange left the place of editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks however retained the title of writer. He was changed by journalist, and former spokesman, Kristinn Hrafnsson.