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U.S. Navy hackers going a bit squirrely

October 15, 2014

Perhaps this squirrel is running off to enlist?

It’s a fine how-do-you-do when a person sets out to write some light fluff about the squirrel they saw yesterday running along a wire — maybe with an eye towards a bit of wordplay about wires and wireless — only to discover that the United States Navy, of all things, has beat them to the punch.

But this is what we find:

“To enhance the security posture of DoD networks, Flying Squirrel provides a real-time wireless discovery, integrated visualization and mapping, and post-hoc analysis capabilities. These capabilities are provided in Flying Squirrel (interchangeably referred to as Flying Squirrel Wireless Assessment Tool Suite) via the Flying Squirrel, Caribou, Woodchuck, and MeerCAT-FS components.”

Oh stop. It hurts to laugh that hard!

GOTS Squirrel?

This comes from a Flying Squirrel page on the website for the “Center For High Assurance Computer Systems” Or C-HACS.

Get it? “C-HACKS” — a laugh a minute, these military types. The page goes on to say:

“The Flying Squirrel Wireless Discovery/Mapping Application is a Government-off-the-Shelf (GOTS) software application developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to provide real-time discovery, analysis, and mapping of IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networks.”

Flying Squirrel is also an entirely passive detector and runs under Windows and Linux.

Sounds great! except the page doesn’t make it available for download, which, after the wonderful buildup, is a very disappointing punchline.

Apparently military geeks, like geeks the world over, have a tendency to kill a good joke. Click the image to enlarge it.

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