A very strange thing happened on the internet the day President Joe Biden was sworn in. A shadowy company residing at a shared workspace above a Florida bank announced to the world’s computer networks that it was now managing a colossal, previously idle chunk of the internet owned by the US Department of Defense. After weeks of wonder by the networking community, the Pentagon has now provided a very terse explanation for what it’s doing. The Pentagon periodically contends with unauthorised squatting on its space, in part because there has been a shortage of first-generation internet addresses since 2011; they now sell at auction for upwards of USD 25 each. In 2011, Packet Forensics and Saulino, its spokesman, were featured in a Wired story because the company was selling an appliance to government agencies and law enforcement that let them spy on people’s web browsing using forged security certificates.
Source: Financial Express