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Re: 126.96.36.199/16 and house.gov
John Schnizlein wrote:
I connected the internal network of the US House of Representatives to the Internet when I worked there, and operated it through both Democratic and Republican control.
Aha, I wondered who was to blame....
Of course, my Member was on the Internet before the House, as MERIT -- the very same organization that ran/runs NANOG -- had its own POP (called an SCP in those days) in DC. Only later did we use the House net.
She usually took her Mac laptop to Science and Education committee meetings. Her staff was often asked how they got her to use her own laptop, when they couldn't get their own members to read (or type) their own email.
This was all pre-2001, and Blackberry mania.
I never saw any snooping by either party of the network traffic, and I had sniffers for diagnosing problems in several communication closets.
And the vicious fight about our setting up a VPN to bypass the centrally controlled system -- as in "if you do this, we'll cut off your network access entirely" -- led all concerned to guess that there was a political reason, not a technical reason. So, I just used non-standard ports, and some other firewalling, to prevent your staff from detecting it.
Also, there was the long fight about members running their own servers (as in member.house.gov), instead of relying on the central servers for connectivity (www.house.gov/member). Again, we really didn't trust the Republicans not to examine internal data.
I do recall unfounded accusations both ways, but it would be sad for the rumors to outlive the reality.
Like this verified and widely reported:
"Democrats Suggest Inquiry Points to Wider Spying by G.O.P." http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE4D7173AF933A25751C0A9629C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=print
The notorious case of intercepted cell-phone conversations had nothing to do with the data network.True, but irrelevant.
I will not say anything about how large or redundant the data center is for obvious reasons, beyond that I am no longer employed there and do not have the details.
I've not even visited DC since 2002, and the old building with the page dorm was torn down that summer.
But I can dig and traceroute. I'm pretty sure this isn't an ideal (or standard conforming) setup. But it shouldn't have been swamped, as seems to be akamaized.
;; QUESTION SECTION: ;financialservices.house.gov. IN A
;; ANSWER SECTION: financialservices.house.gov. 3600 IN CNAME www.house.gov. www.house.gov. 3503 IN CNAME house.gov.edgesuite.net. house.gov.edgesuite.net. 4372 IN CNAME a1164.g.akamai.net. a1164.g.akamai.net. 20 IN A 188.8.131.52 a1164.g.akamai.net. 20 IN A 184.108.40.206
house.gov. 900 IN SOA mercury.house.gov. dnsadmin.mail.house.gov. 1002529 3600 1800 604800 3600
house.gov. 14128 IN NS chyron.house.gov. house.gov. 14128 IN NS mercury.house.gov.
mercury.house.gov. 14166 IN A 220.127.116.11 chyron.house.gov. 14149 IN A 18.104.22.168