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Re: NSA tracking open source security tools
From: Paul Schmehl <pauls () utdallas edu>
Date: Sat, 04 Feb 2006 12:59:24 -0600

--On February 4, 2006 1:21:41 AM -0800 Fyodor <fyodor () insecure org> wrote:

Of the recent U.S. political scandals, one of the most divisive is the
issue of President Bush (IMHO illegally) authorizing the NSA to
conduct warantless wiretaps on Americans' phone calls and emails.
While I don't like the NSA tracking my phone calls, they are welcome
to track Nmap release status.  And apparently they are doing so :).
The latest (February 6) issue of Newsweek has a picture on page 39 of
George Bush visiting the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade.  A wall-sized
screen in the background displays the latest versions of our favorite
open source security tools, including Nmap, Metasploit, Snort,
Ethereal, Cain & Abel, and Kismet.  Nifty.  For those
without the magazine, I have posted a pic at:

So....you think what the NSA is doing is illegal and you don't like them tracking your phone calls (why would they be? Are you talking to bin Laden?), but you think that them using tools that can be used to successfully hack computer networks is "nifty"?

No double standard there, huh?  :-)

Love Nmap, BTW. Great tool. Thanks for writing and consistently maintaining it.

Paul Schmehl (pauls () utdallas edu)
Adjunct Information Security Officer
University of Texas at Dallas
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