Mysterious Pentagon Program That Turned Six Percent Of The Internet To A Florida Company The Day Trump Left Office Expired Eight Months Later
- Transfer of inactive DoD IP addresses took place minutes before Trump left office
- The Department of Defense has reclaimed the large amount of Internet from Global Resource Systems LLC, headquartered in Plantation, Florida
- At one point, the company more than quadrupled to 175 million addresses – about 6 percent of the total current Internet
- The address of the company is listed in a co-working space
- It is still unclear what exactly the program did or why Global Resource Systems LLC was chosen
Minutes before former President Donald Trump left office, a shadowy company in a shared workspace above a Florida bank took control of much of the Internet space owned by the Pentagon.
Now the Department of Defense has recovered the 175 million IP addresses — about six percent of the total current Internet — from Global Resource Systems LLC, headquartered in Plantation, Florida, the Washington Post reported Friday.
‘It’s huge. That’s the most important thing in the history of the Internet,” said Doug Madory, director of Internet analytics at Kentik, a network company.
It is also more than twice the size of the internet space actually used by the Pentagon.
Minutes before President Joe Biden was sworn in, a shady company living in a shared workspace above a Florida bank took control of much of the Internet space owned by the Pentagon.
Donald Trump exits his residence at Trump Tower in New York City, flanked by his Secret Service agents as he waved to the crowd that gathered
The sale of internet space has led to theories that the Pentagon may eventually respond to repeated requests to monetize its collections of millions of dormant web pages.
The military said it hoped to “assess, evaluate and prevent unauthorized use of DoD IP address space,” according to a statement released in April by Brett Goldstein, head of the Pentagon’s Defense Digital Service, who led the project.
But it hasn’t answered many fundamental questions, starting with why it chose to entrust the management of its address space to a company that appeared to have only existed as recently as September of last year.
Global Resource Systems LLC lists its address in a co-working space above this Plantation, Florida bank. A receptionist there had never heard of the company
The sale of internet space has sparked theories that the Pentagon may eventually respond to repeated requests to monetize its collections of millions of dormant web pages
“The Defense Digital Service has prepared a plan to launch the cybersecurity pilot and then transfer control of the initiative to DoD partners,” Defense Department spokesman Russell Goemaere told The Washington Post.
“Following the DDS pilot and moving DoD Internet Protocol (IP) advertising into DoD’s traditional operations and mature network security processes will maintain consistency across DODIN. This will enable active management of IP space and ensure the ministry has the operational room for maneuver needed to maintain and enhance DODIN’s resilience,” the statement said.
When the program kicked off in the fall, Goemaere said the timing of the transfer was “agnostic to board changes.”
It is still unclear what exactly the program did or why Global Resource Systems LLC was chosen.