Dec 15, 2017 - Technology

Sensitive Pentagon info left on public Amazon server

Carolyn Kaster/ AP

Sensitive files linked to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — which works with the nation's intelligence agencies to analyze aerial data — were apparently left on a public Amazon server by an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the nation's top defense contractors, per Gizmodo.

What was out there: None of the 28GB of files posted publicly were classified, but they did include passwords for government employees with top-secret clearance and the private SSH key of a Booz Allen employee. It also included master credentials to a highly-protected Pentagon system.

What it means: While both the NGA and Booz Allen told Gizmodo that no classified data had been compromised, the information posted publicly (especially the private SSH key) could have potentially allowed access to both highly classified Pentagon material and proprietary Booz Allen information.

What's next

Honoring Kobe Bryant: Sports stars, politicians and celebrities mourn NBA great

Kobe Bryant on court for the Los Angeles Lakers during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at American Airlines Center in Dallas in February 2010. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Sports stars, politicians and celebrities paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a California helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on Saturday. He was 41.

What they're saying: Lakers great Shaquille O'Neal said in an Instagram post of his former teammate, "There's no words to express the pain I'm going through now with this tragic and sad moment of losing my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie. I love you brother and you will be missed."

Go deeperArrow10 mins ago - Sports

Bolton alleges in book that Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigations

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his forthcoming book that the president explicitly told him "he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens," the New York Times first reported.

Why this matters: The revelations present a dramatic 11th hour turn in Trump's Senate impeachment trial. They directly contradict Trump's claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden.

Impeachment: Then & now

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

We are living in a measurably different political and media landscape than when the Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton of impeachment charges in 1999.

The big picture: These dynamics are setting the pace as President Trump’s legal team speeds through arguments to seek a fast acquittal.