Time-signal Weirdness

April 4th, 2005

UPDATE: A NIST employee has explained the service described below.

This just in from fellow SIMian Matthew Rothenberg:]

Here’s something strange to explore. A guy I know recently stumbled across this. 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 78
Connected to
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? ( WHO KNOWS! Let’s get some smart SIMS minds working on deciphering this, or at least propose some wacky theories.


6 Responses to “Time-signal Weirdness”

  1. comment number 1 by: Wade Whittaker

    It very well could be messeges to and or from feild agents of the secret government,the New World Order.I would like to lol about this matter.But it is such an odd occurance,it could be part truth and part myth.I have to admit it definately gives my mind food for thought.I do like that part.

  2. comment number 2 by: Piercing

    How did you uncovered that?

    It does look like secret FBI transmition 🙂

  3. comment number 3 by: hallohallo

    man, its a beautiful day out and the last thing I want to do is sit at home trying to crack some code that a bunch of bored sysadmins put in to be smartsy.

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    When a time server is more talkative than expected

    When a time server is more talkative than expected……

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