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On 2012-10-25 Jack Smith wrote:
> Is tech-talker's IP and other network information monitored and
> recorded in the mailing list server if he or she sends a message to
> the board?
There is a publicly accessible archive of all tech-talk messages; it uses the
Open Source Mhonarc program and some PHP code which I wrote for presentation
purposes, and is implemented as just another subscriber to the list, so it
doesn't see any more information than any other subscriber does. The lab does
keep logs of the messages passing through its mail-servers, but AFAIK they're
intended to allow the technicians to debug problems. As the list maintainer
and an Argonne employee I'm not aware of any more secretive monitoring of
emails that might be going on, but that kind of thing if it exists at all is
likely to be on a need-to-know basis, and personally I don't think it's very
likely that the security people are particularly interested in EPICS or tech-
I also record the webserver log entries for all GET accesses to URLs beginning
/epics/download mostly for statistical purposes. I would love to be able to
plot all the down-loaders' approximate geographical locations on a map of the
world to demonstrate just how wide-spread the use of EPICS actually is, but I
haven't actually investigated how I might be able to do this. If you don't
want to appear in that record, you can download most versions of EPICS Base
from the Launchpad project website instead (when you'll be giving your IP
address to Canonical).
> I guess someone (hacker or administrator, or government agency) could
> track down and get our tech-talker's office address or even home
> address if his or her IP and tech-talk activities are recorded in the
> DOE-sponsored servers. Seems scary, right?
Maybe, if you're a paranoid conspiracy theorist. There aren't (m)any of those
here though, we have control systems to build or maintain.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
-- Napoleon Bonaparte
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