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NSA Tracking Nmap and Other Open Source Tools

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US President George W. Bush visited the NSA headquarters at Fort Meade in January 2006. A wall-sized status screen in the background displays the latest versions of Nmap and some of our other favorite open source tools. Pictures were printed in the February 6, 2006 edition of Newsweek (article) and the Jan 27 Washington Post (article). The page on the screen is the Talisker Radar. We don’t like the NSA tracking our phone calls and email, but they may track Nmap releases all they want.

Loading an external web site on their giant screen was risky.

Source: Insecure.org

The picture was printed in the Washington Post.

I imagine their normal NOC/SOC screen isn’t so interesting and they were like “Bush is coming, anything pretty to put on the projector?”


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2 Responses to “NSA Tracking Nmap and Other Open Source Tools”

  1. Ubourgeek 19 February 2006 at 10:05 pm Permalink

    Having seen pics of their NOC and having participated in many “Dog and Pony Shows” myself, I’d almost personally guarantee it’s part of the “pretty pictures and blinking lights” syndrome typical of such events.

    Besides, you wouldn’t want anything too technical on display – Bush’s head might explode – pretty pictures and blinking lights are right up his alley… [snicker]



  2. Darknet 19 February 2006 at 10:22 pm Permalink

    Ubourgeek: Yah that’s what I guessed “Hey guys those black and white terminals don’t look so good on the NOC screen, I think Mr Bush would like some flashing graphs and shit, hook it up”