Cloud Com­put­ing for the CIA

HWM (Singapore) - - THINK -

Ama­zon is ac­tu­ally one of the big­gest providers of Cloud ser­vices in the US, with AWS (Ama­zon Web Ser­vices) ac­count­ing for over $3.8 bil­lion in an­nual rev­enue for Ama­zon. In fact, it’s so big, AWS con­trols five times the amount of in­for­ma­tion as its next 14 com­peti­tors, com­bined. If you’ve ever watched stream­ing con­tent on Net­flix, clicked on a Pin­ter­est pin, or lis­tened to mu­sic on Spo­tify, you’ve used AWS. That busi­ness is about to be­come a lot big­ger, as AWS’ new­est cus­tomer is none other than the US govern­ment’s most shady arm, the CIA (Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency). In a deal worth $600 mil­lion, Ama­zon will pro­vide non-spec­i­fied ‘cloud com­put­ing ser­vices’ to the CIA. But, as Ama­zon holds one of the world’s largest cus­tomer in­for­ma­tion data­bases, there is ob­vi­ous pub­lic con­cern as to what ex­actly Ama­zon will be pro­vid­ing the CIA. For now, at least, it’s prob­a­bly a good idea not to buy your bleach and fer­til­izer to­gether off of Ama­zon.

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