It looks like the National Enquirer is using Amazon's cloud to host its website

David Pecker AMIIn this Jan. 31, 2014 photo, David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media, addresses those attending the Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York. The Aug. 21, 2018 plea deal reached by Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen has laid bare a relationship between the president and Pecker, whose company publishes the National Enquirer. Besides detailing tabloid's involvement in payoffs to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal to keep quiet about alleged affairs with Trump, court papers showed how David Pecker, a longtime friend of the president, offered to help Trump stave off negative stories during the 2016 campaign.Marion Curtis/AP

  • The National Enquirer appears to host its website with Amazon Web Services, the cloud-computing arm of Amazon.
  • The pairing is an awkward match.
  • The Enquirer last month exposed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' affair with a former TV anchor.
  • On Thursday, Bezos accused the Enquirer of attempting to 'extort and blackmail' him, using intimate photos of the executive as leverage. 

Politics, as they say, makes for strange bedfellows. So too, it seems, does web hosting.

The National Enquirer, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accused Thursday of trying to extort and blackmail him, appears to host its website on the servers of Amazon Web Services, the tech giant's cloud computing unit.

Read this: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer publisher of 'extortion' over naked photos in extraordinary blog post

The underlying IP addresses for the Enquirer's site are assigned to Amazon. Records associated with those addresses list Amazon as their owner.

Ryan Huber, a security architect at enterprise messaging company Slack, highlighted the connection in a post on Twitter. Business Insider confirmed the connection.

"Dear Mr Bezos, I'm just gonna leave this here," he said in a tweet.

Representatives for Amazon and American Media, the parent company of the Enquirer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment or confirmation about their business connection.

Last month, the Enquirer published an exposé of Bezos' affair with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. In response, Bezos launched an investigation into how information about his relationship, including racy texts, were leaked to the Enquirer. Bezos' investigator has suggested that the leaks could have been politically motivated.

In an extraordinary blog post, Bezos said that American Media, the parent company of the Enquirer threatened to published additional racy photos of him and Sanchez unless he agreed to disavow the notion that the Enquirer's piece was motivated by politics. Bezos said that would have been a "lie."
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