Google finds NORAD phone numbers

by Jonathan Wellons

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The top Google hit for "NORAD phone number".

This document is two years old and may not be real, but it does contain lists of phone numbers (which I won't reproduce here for ethical reasons) followed by the phrase "The above phone numbers are privileged phone numbers and should not be shared with the media or private citizens." I will not share the phone numbers and if you choose to download the document, your actions are your own responsibility.

I heard about this from Jay Laney, a software developer at O'Reilly Network.


2005-10-19 15:09:18
Google in the new MI
For a recent military exercise, we actually used Google to get information we couldn't get through normal military channels. It's amazing what's out there, including organizations that track military units and tell everyone where they are.
2005-10-24 18:30:34
Very interesting post. The document is still up. Evidently NORAD isn't doing daily sweeps of the net doing information containment. Its amazing what is out there on the net. State Dept had a list of classified numbers I found while poking around one day. White house contacts et al. Now the question is do I call NORAD at these numbers? :) *cackle*
2005-10-24 18:35:20
You mention ethics in your post. If ethics are important why did you share the information in the first place? I mean its an awesome lesson. You post the information on the web you have no idea what people will do with it. Same thing can be said about the NENA site (which is a great read by the way on topics from VOIP to E911). I found out about the information from the Oreilly newsletter. Me and about oh I dunno.... 100,000 friends? :)


2005-10-24 18:37:49
Google in the new MI
Oh I know. Its insane. Real time tracking. A little bit of coding. And you have some serious assymetic warfare tools. Ah the double edged sword that is national security on one side and technological dominance on the other. How far do we let it go before we step in and crimp it? :)
2005-11-04 17:19:22
I'm glad you brought this up.
In this case, the unethical course of action would have been to do nothing, and not allow people so witness and learn from this instance of what can go wrong with Web access.
In an ideal world, I never would have posted this, because it never would have leaked.