Subject: IW Mailing List iw/960216
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 1996 08:25:19 -0500 (EST)
From: Robert Steele 
Subject: Second Call for IW Who's Who

	Winn Schwartau, author of "INFORMATION WARFARE: Chaos on the
Electronic Superhighway", has a contract and is well close to finishing
a new edition of the book, updated and expanded.  It will include a
"Who's Who" in IW, which I am helping with. 

	Most of you should probably be listed.  If you wish, here is the
format for the message (no need for the description phrases, just the
substantive information):

WWW if Any

One paragraph, whatever you wish, generally expected to describe
capabiities and interests, but can be whatever you wish to see
published.  May be subject to modest editing, but we are not in the
interpretation or judgement business--this list is intended to maximize
direct contact between yourselves and others who might wish to
communicate with you. 

	Send to  Subject: IW Who's Who
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996
Sender: Henry Huang 
Subject: FYI: NSA Articles in Web Review


from Global Net News

..."according to well-placed sources within the Federal Government and
the Internet service provider industry, the National Security Agency
(NSA) is actively sniffing several key Internet router and gateway

 Madsen says the NSA concentrates its surveillance on destination and
origination hosts, as well as "sniffing" for specific key words and
phrases.  He claims his sources have confirmed that the NSA has
contracted with an unnamed private company to develop the software
needed to capture Internet data of interest to the agency. 

   According to Madsen, the NSA monitors traffic primarily at two
Internet routers controlled by the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA), one in College Park, MD (dubbed "Fix East") and
another at NASA Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, CA ("Fix West"). 

   Other NSA Internet sniffers, he said, operate at busy routers knows
as Mae East (an East Coast hub), Mae West (a West Coast hub), CIX
(reportedly based in San Jose), and SWAB (a northern Virginia router
operated by Bell Atlantic). 

   Madsen says the NSA may also be monitoring traffic at network access
points, the large Internet gateways operated by regional and
long-distance service providers.  The NAPs allegedly under surveillance
are in Pennsauken, NJ (operated by Sprint), Chicago (run by AmeriTech
and Bell Communications Research), and San Francisco (Pacific Bell). 

[Quote] "Madsen claims the NSA has deals with Microsoft, Lotus, and
Netscape to prevent anonymous email." [quote]

   "One senior Federal Government source has reported that NSA has been
particularly successful in convincing key members of the US software
industry to cooperate with it in producing software that makes Internet
messages easier for NSA to intercept, and if they are encrypted, to
decode," Madsen wrote.  "A knowledgeable government source claims that
the NSA has concluded agreements with Microsoft, Lotus and Netscape to
permit the introduction of the means to prevent the anonymity of
Internet electronic mail, the use of cryptographic key-escrow, as well
as software industry acceptance of the NSA-developed Digital Signature
Standard (DSS)."

   Is the NSA really snooping on the Net? And if they are, would that
violate the agency's charter, which specifically prohibits it from
spying within the US?

   "Well, Net traffic is routed from God knows where to God knows where
around the world," says George Washington University Professor Lance
Hoffman, a professor of Communications and Telecommunications Systems
Policy at George Washington University.  "So if the NSA is doing this,
they could say they are not violating their charter not to spy in the
US.  That's the thing.  Intelligent routers send stuff any which way."