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Re: Computer systems blamed for feeble hurricane response?

  • From: Steven Champeon
  • Date: Tue Sep 13 10:36:14 2005

on Tue, Sep 13, 2005 at 09:54:42AM -0400, Mike Tancsa wrote:
> 
> At 09:31 AM 13/09/2005, Steven Champeon wrote:
> 
> >Does anyone know what their mail infrastructure looks like? From what I
> >can see, they don't even have an MX record for fema.gov...
> 
> No MX record, and the A record for fema.gov does not accept smtp traffic.
> 
> # telnet fema.gov smtp
> Trying 205.128.1.44...
> telnet: connect to address 205.128.1.44: Operation timed out
> telnet: Unable to connect to remote host
> #
> Then again, it might be that they use different email addresses ? @dhs.gov ?

Their "contact us" page on fema.gov lists several @fema.gov addresses, so
I doubt it.

> fema.gov        nameserver = ns.fema.gov
> fema.gov        nameserver = ns2.fema.gov
> ns.fema.gov     internet address = 166.112.200.142
> ns2.fema.gov    internet address = 162.83.67.144
> 
> Looks Solaris'ish
> 
> # telnet ns2.fema.gov smtp
> Trying 162.83.67.144...
> Connected to ns2.fema.gov.
> Escape character is '^]'.
> 220 ns2.fema.gov ESMTP Sendmail 8.11.7p1+Sun/8.11.7; Tue, 13 Sep 2005 
> 09:49:36 -0400 (EDT)

Well, how is any automated system supposed to find it? Sheesh.
Apparently, that host accepts mail to postmaster; we'll see if it is
actually delivered/read/responded to.

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