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An unknown Florida company reportedly controls a huge chunk of the internet thanks to the Pentagon. The Pentagon’s Defense Digital Service (DDS) team told AP it’s running the project to boost security. The DDS’ director calls it a “SWAT team of nerds.” It also cyber-protected the US’ vaccine efforts. See more stories on Insider’s business page.
An unknown Florida company reportedly took control of a substantial portion of the internet owned by the Pentagon, all thanks to a project run by an elite team of government “hoodies, hackers, and nerds.”
Just three minutes before President Donald Trump’s term in office ended, Global Resource Systems LLC took over a slice of government internet space through a Department of Defense (DoD) project, The Washington Post first reported.
Since then, the company has increased the number of IP addresses it manages for the Pentagon to about 175 million, The Post reported. That share is bigger than those owned by both Comcast and AT&T.
This is part of a pilot project run by the Pentagon’s Defense Digital Service (DDS), according to The Post. This was corroborated by the Associated Press.
The DDS wouldn’t say what exactly the project involved, but said it hoped that it would help prevent unauthorized use of DoD internet space and identify potential vulnerabilities, per AP.
In 2020, Brett Goldstein, the service’s director, described the DDS as a “SWAT team of nerds” designed to tackle some of the department’s biggest problems. It partnered with the National Security Agency to cyber-protect Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s COVID-19 vaccine development program, and developed a prototype for a biometric app that lets soldiers identify others nearby when in combat, among other projects.
“At the end of the day, everything we do at DDS is to save lives,” the DDS says on its website. “No one else is coming, and it’s up to us. We have the ability to make a