The cia, which has just bought computing capacity from the amazon cloud, sees problems with the internet of things
The internet of things will come when more and more machines, devices and things are connected to the internet – from cars or digital homes to televisions, electricity meters, refrigerators, alarms, eyeglasses, clothing and implants. This is another flood of data that provides deeper insight into who owns things. For the us intelligence agencies, whose motto is to collect and store everything first, it could be a treasure trove of gold to be able – with whatever efficiency – to sift through even more information. But if an additional flood of data comes to the intelligence services, they could also be overwhelmed by it, despite their means and resources. Is it possible that surveillance will fail because of total transparency??
Was the cia’s decision to create a common cloud for the u.S. Intelligence agencies, d.H. The creation of capacities in a data center at amazon for 600 million us dollars with a duration of 10 years is already a start to the coming flood of data? Whether it will hurt amazon web services to cooperate directly with the intelligence services remains to be seen. And whether the outsourcing after snowden, who worked just as an employee with a private enterprise, demands the security and secrecy, love itself also to ask. The intention to use a private provider, however, is just another move into outsourcing to help intelligence agencies better share information with each other. This was a known shortcoming before 9/11, which has not really been corrected yet.
With the dni (director of national intelligence) another intelligence agency was created, so now there is another database in the amazon cloud, so that the intelligence agencies can probably also keep their databases locked from each other. The purpose is to allow intelligence agencies to store data, perform calculations and receive analysis services from the cia and nsa. This is supposed to reduce costs because they only pay for what they order. It should be possible with the commercial cloud to keep the computing capacities up to date, so one bought less a data storage, but rather innovation, which are expected from the private sector. In addition, huge amounts of data are to be processed quickly. The requirements talked about 100 terabytes of raw data.
The biggest thing we were trying to do-the visionary folks a couple of years ago-was answer the question, ‘how do we keep up??The mission we have is important. The pace and complexity is really not [diminishing], in fact, it may be increasing. We feel it is very important to deliver the best it and best products and services we can to our customers in the ic.
Cia chief information officer douglas wolfe
At any rate, two years ago, around the time the plan to buy a cloud from a private provider was being developed, the then cia director david petraeus was still delighted about the emergence of the "internet of things", which will transform the data. Enthusiastically he said about the new el dorado of data:
Things of interest can be located, identified and controlled remotely through techniques such as rfid, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers and energy harvesting, all of which are connected to the next-generation internet and use abundant, cheap and powerful computing capacity. The latter are now moving into cloud computing, increasingly crude supercomputing, and ultimately heading towards quantum computing.
As data expands deep into personal lives, the understanding of privacy and secrecy will change, petraeus said with conviction. The secret services are already benefiting from this because the people themselves buy, install or carry the surveillance equipment. It is no longer necessary to hide microphones or other waste equipment in apartments or cars, as was once the case, but can access cell phones, tablets, tv sets, cars, washing machines, etc., without the need for a separate device. Access.
But collecting, storing and searching isn’t that cheap. Now the cia is afraid of being overwhelmed by the expected flood of data and new possibilities. Long ago, a meeting of the aspen security forum was about the "future of the war". Nextgov.Com reported about the meeting. The mood has obviously changed somewhat.
Dawn meyerriecks, deputy director of the cia’s science and technology division, said cyberwarfare had not previously considered the security threats posed by the internet of things. How internet-connected barriers could be used for ddos attacks. She pointed to a spam attack last year that involved more than 100.000 devices connected to the internet, including a refrigerator, were involved. Internet-connected leds that can signal when they need to be replaced could also be used.
The new problems arise from the fusion of the physical and the virtual. Smart clothes, i.E. Clothing equipped with electronics, can also pose security and access problems. What could help many people, for example, to monitor their health, could cause too much transparency and, above all, work problems for the cia. And then there are the implants, for example, which can send and receive data wirelessly like pacemakers, but which can also be hacked as a result.
Like petraeus, she also believes that quantum computers will come soon. This will lead to major problems, which is why the cia is investing a lot of money in research in this area. And they are investing a lot in big data, but not to collect data at random. It is intended to collect very targeted individual and specific data, which will love the current activities of the nsa positive.