CIA website down


15 Responses to “CIA website down”

  1. relawson says:

    Step one: get BoingBoing to post a story about website X being down.
    Step two: wait…


  2. abulafia says:

    Probably refreshing their Spring line of spies… 

  3. Guest says:

    $ nslookup

    Non-authoritative answer:

    $ whois

    NetRange: -
    NetName:        OIT-BLK1
    NetHandle:      NET-198-81-128-0-1
    Parent:         NET-198-80-0-0-1
    NetType:        Reassigned
    RegDate:        1997-02-11
    Updated:        1998-03-30

    OrgName:        Central Intelligence Agency
    OrgId:          CIA-1
    Address:        GCS, ND1
    City:           Washington
    StateProv:      DC
    PostalCode:     20505
    Country:        US
    RegDate:        1992-07-22
    Updated:        2011-09-24

    NetRange: -
    NetName:        BLK198-15-ANS
    NetHandle:      NET-198-80-0-0-1
    Parent:         NET-198-0-0-0-0
    NetType:        Direct Allocation
    RegDate:        1993-03-26
    Updated:        2002-10-10

    OrgName:        ANS Communications, Inc
    OrgId:          ANS
    Address:        22001 Loudoun County Parkway
    City:           Ashburn
    StateProv:      VA
    PostalCode:     20147
    Country:        US
    RegDate:        1991-07-12
    Updated:        2009-12-07
    Ref:   is nowhere close to the CIA’s networks. It is in fact hosted by AOL Network Services (aka ANS Communications Inc., and has been since the CIA put up a public-facing website back when AOL was the dominant ISP.)

  4. Quiche de Resistance says:


  5. Guest says:

    BB ate my comment, probably because the block of WHOIS text looked like spam or something…

    In short: isn’t really “on” the CIA’s network. It is hosted by AOL Network Services (rebranded ANS Communications at some point) and has been ever since the CIA established a public-facing website back in the AOL days.

    If you have never taken a look at the CIA World Factbook,  I assure you it is a fascinating read. The factbook is very accurate and up-to-date, so much so that it was formerly considered “sensitive but unclassified” and wasn’t on their public website.

  6. Pope Ratzo says:

    They just want you to THINK that the website is down.

    You’re playing right into their hands!

  7. Chicago_SC says:

    It was Johnny and he was…


  8. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    A public facing website of no real consequence went down…
    Cue pundits demanding we stop this Cyber Armageddon by getting rid of all computing devices and instead rely on technology the **AA’s control and understand.

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