UPDATE: A NIST employee has explained the service described below.
Here’s something strange to explore. A guy I know recently stumbled across this. time.nist.gov is a standard NTP server, used to syncrhonize clocks on your computer to the govt’s atomic clock.
However, it also seems to have another strange service running in port 78 and 79. Telnet in, and hit enter after connection is established, and you get this:
dream% telnet time.nist.gov 78
Connected to time.nist.gov.
Escape character is ‘^]’.
P: P: My name is Patsy: and my husband’s name is Paul:
We come from Pittsburgh: and we sell Peaches::
$ 0 875 3000 8 1 0 0
Connection closed by foreign host.
The names, city, and food change each time, but they always start with the same letter. The numbers on the bottom appear to be doing some incrementing based on time, but the pattern hasnt been figured out yet.
They are not synchronized across ports.
Secret government broadcasts about the JFK conspiracy? The first step of SkyNET becoming self-aware? An equivalent to a Numbers Station? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_station) WHO KNOWS! Let’s get some smart SIMS minds working on deciphering this, or at least propose some wacky theories.