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Re: Homeland Security Alert System

  • From: Richard Forno
  • Date: Fri Feb 21 08:59:21 2003

Hey - I have a Def Leppard CD and MP3 collection that I am VERY proud of!!!

Regarding the HLS thing, could you not just do a simple automated
screenscrape of the DHS website and then flag an alert if the code for the
alert changed from one scrape to another?

And no, even though I'm in DC, I don't own a pair of hip-boots.


-Rick,
who submitted the HLAS Scheme as "Stupid Security Scheme" last week



> From: "Stretch" <stretch@houston.rr.com>
> Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 20:54:19 -0600
> To: "Martin Hannigan" <hannigan@fugawi.net>, "Richard Irving"
> <rirving@onecall.net>
> Cc: <nanog@merit.edu>
> Subject: Re: Homeland Security Alert System
> 
> 
> "People who bought HIP BOOTS also shopped for:
> * Duct Tape
> * Jack Daniels
> * Def Leppard CD's
> * Clean Underwear"
> 
> on-topic: I use a plug-in for my NMS that looks for abnormalities in the
> load times of various popular sites. (it's helped me spot routing problems
> more than once). Looking back at historical data, all the news-related ones
> show a clear change immediately after events like the Columbia disaster. I
> was not using the same system on 9/11 so I don't know how quickly one would
> have spotted an abnormality.
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Martin Hannigan" <hannigan@fugawi.net>
> To: "Richard Irving" <rirving@onecall.net>
> Cc: <nanog@merit.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 8:27 PM
> Subject: Re: Homeland Security Alert System
> 
> 
>> 
>> On Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 08:08:58PM -0500, Richard Irving wrote:
>>> Yes.
>>> 
>>>  But, until elections 2004, the "FUD" field is hardcoded to "High".
>>> 
>>>  However, if there are changes to the -=actual=- dhs.gov status,
>>> it sends out an automatic Amazon.Com order for
>>> Hip Boots for all members of the list.
>>> 
>>> Would you like to subscribe to the notification list ?
>> 
>> [ snip ]
>> 
>> 
>>>> Is anyone running an automated Terror Alert system that's
>>>> real time with the DHS?
>> 
>> 
>> Ok, that was interesting. :)
>> 
>> The diving thing is my fun stuff. I'm actually working in
>> Security. :)
>> 
>> I was writing a little tool that scanned their page for the alert
>> image name change, but that's subject to them making changes to
>> their site and the images are multi layer graphics, etc. etc.
>> 
>> I'm going to call them and see if they can offer
>> a place to poll something simple that we can trip
>> changes off in the NOC.
>> 
>> If anyone does have some insight to anything they are
>> doing, or a good contact number for the DHS webite, please
>> ping me in email and I'll follow up if I find something
>> or get them to do something.
>> 
>> -M
>> 
> 
> 





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