(Reuters) – Outgoing President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at curbing foreign use of cloud computing products for malicious cyber-operations against the United States, the White House said on Tuesday, Trump's last full day in office.
orders, first reported by Reuters, give the Department of Commerce the power to write rules to prevent transactions with aliens in cloud data products or services if an alien uses them for cyber attacks.
"What we have seen in this space is that … an individual will rent thousands of pieces of this infrastructure in the United States and resell them to actors who then abuse them," a senior administration official told Reuters. "This gives the Secretary of Commerce the opportunity to say …" There is no reason for you to continue to have access to the country's products, "the person added, noting that the restrictions may apply to jurisdictions as well as individuals and companies
The order also requires the agency writes six-month rules for U.S. infrastructure providers as a service, a type of cloud computing, to verify the identities of foreigners they do business with and keep certain records.
U.S. officials have been working on the directive for nearly two years, he said. But the revelation will follow a massive hacking campaign that used US technology company SolarWinds as a springboard to infiltrate federal government networks. Democratically elected President Joe Biden, who took the oath on Wednesday, could l should revoke an executive order issued in declining days by the Trump presidency. Biden's transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.