Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft

NSA Knowbot

10 May 1999

We've had inquiries about the "NSA bot" which visits this site daily, Monday to Friday, to see what's new to take home*. Now, despite our claim in our privacy policy to not willfully disclose what's in our site access log, we outed this machine, so, hark, it's clear we're no more trustworthy than any other lying site operator promising privacy.

Here's where we got the home of the bot:

Punch in the domain address 144.51 and get:

National Computer Security Center (NET-NCSC2)
9800 Savage Road
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6000

Netname: NCSC

(301) 688-5267

Domain System inverse mapping provided by:


Record last updated on 17-Nov-97.
Database last updated on 10-May-99 16:14:15 EDT.

We welcome the bot's visit, it came here early in 1996 when few did, and it keeps on coming, day after day through doldrums and deliria, no vacations, no TDY to god's own cesspit to snarf 1's and 0's.

And it's drawn others from 144.51 and places doing cybersecurity work we'd like to know more about. We've gotten a few excellent documents from those places, not directly but from the people who work there who presented them in other fora. A couple of those have been crowd pleasers here:

How to Make A Mint: The Cryptography of Anonymous Electronic Cash (1996)

The Inevitability of Failure: The Flawed Assumption of Security in Modern Computing Environments: (1998)

Through FOIA requests we hope to get a few oft-cited but un-outed security reports sometime in July (when hell freezes over):

And, patiently, we're still trying to coax these ultra-shy bot-people to unlimber more about Echelon, or whatever it's techno-morphed into since 72:

* We're counting on the bot to dump some good stuff as fair exchange.