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Who is DARPA?

I went online this morning to read the local news and found this ip adddress(140.173.241.245) in my firewall. After doing a whois and traceroute of this ip address I find it belongs to darpa. If you don't know who darpa is just do a google and read what comes up.
Accept 140.173.241.245 0.0.0.0 in 31084 1026 UDP ppp0 3113 May 22 07:52:46


whois

Whois:
@whois.

Server Used: [ whois.arin.net ]

140.173.241.245 = [ ]

OrgName: DARPA ISTO
OrgID: DARPAI-1
Address: Information Sciences Institute
Address: 4676 Admiralty Way
City: Marina del Rey
StateProv: CA
PostalCode:
Country: US
NetRange: 140.173.0.0 - 140.173.255.255
CIDR: 140.173.0.0/16
NetName: DARTNET
NetHandle: NET-140-173-0-0-1
Parent: NET-140-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Assignment
NameServer: LILA.EAST.ISI.EDU
NameServer: NS.ISI.EDU
Comment:
RegDate: 1990-05-16
Updated: 1998-04-15
RTechHandle: WM110-ARIN
RTechName: Manning Bill
RTechPhone: 1-310-322-8102
RTechEmail:  bmanning@karoshi.com

ARIN WHOIS database last updated 2006-05-21 19: 10
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WHOIS results for 140.173.241.245
Generated by www.DNSstuff.com

Location: United States [City: Marina Del Rey, California]

NOTE: More information appears to be available at WM110-ARIN.

OrgName: DARPA ISTO
OrgID: DARPAI-1
Address: Information Sciences Institute
Address: 4676 Admiralty Way
City: Marina del Rey
StateProv: CA
PostalCode:
Country: US

NetRange: 140.173.0.0 - 140.173.255.255
CIDR: 140.173.0.0/16
NetName: DARTNET
NetHandle: NET-140-173-0-0-1
Parent: NET-140-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Assignment
NameServer: LILA.EAST.ISI.EDU
NameServer: NS.ISI.EDU
Comment:
RegDate: 1990-05-16
Updated: 1998-04-15

RTechHandle: WM110-ARIN
RTechName: Manning, Bill
RTechPhone: +1-310-322-8102
RTechEmail: ********@karoshi.com

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2006-05-21 19:10
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Tracert to 140.173.241.245
Generated by www.DNSstuff.com at 15:14:26 GMT on 22 May 2006.
Hop T1 T2 T3 Best Graph IP Hostname Dist TTL Ctry Time
1 0 2 0 0.6 ms

66.36.240.2 AS14361
HOPONE-DCA c-vl102-d1.acc.dca2.hopone.net. 255 US Unknown: 81699f3f
2 * * * 99999 ms [+99999ms]

[Unknown] [Unknown - Firewall did not respond] 0 miles [+0]
3 * * * 99999 ms [+0ms]

[Unknown] [Unknown - Firewall did not respond] 0 miles [+0]
4 * * * 99999 ms [+0ms]

[Unknown] [Unknown - Firewall did not respond] 0 miles [+0]
5 * * * 99999 ms [+0ms]

[Unknown] [Unknown - Firewall did not respond]
[4 hops with no response:
assuming we hit a firewall
that blocks pings] 0 miles [+0]
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Analysis:
Number of hops: 5
Last hop responding to ICMP: 1, UDP: 1, TCP: 1.
There appears to be a firewall right after 66.36.240.2 (hop 1) that blocks ICMP, unwanted UDP, and unwanted TCP packets.

Legend:

* T1/T2/T3 are the round-trip times in milliseconds (1/1000ths of a second).
* T1 uses a proper ICMP-based tracert (Microsoft style). T2 uses a UDP-based traceroute (Unix-style). T3 uses a TCP-based traceroute (port 80).
* Since many ISPs now block ICMP and/or packets to unknown ports, T3 (not used by many traceroute programs) typically shows the best results.
* Best times may be theoretical (if it takes 80ms to hop 10, and 50ms to hop 11, we say the best time for hop 10 is 50ms).
* If no reverse DNS entry is given for an IP, we display 'unknown.example.com' if the domain name is known.



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Ping to 140.173.241.245
Generated by www.DNSstuff.com at 15:14:03 GMT on 22 May 2006.

Pinging 140.173.241.245 [140.173.241.245]:

Ping #1: * [No response]
Ping #2: * [No response]
Ping #3: * [No response]
Ping #4: * [No response]

Done pinging 140.173.241.245!

(to do an IPv6 ping for a domain name, add a ':' before the domain name)


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Output from ARIN WHOIS
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Search for :
Search results for: 140.173.241.245


OrgName: DARPA ISTO
OrgID: DARPAI-1
Address: Information Sciences Institute
Address: 4676 Admiralty Way
City: Marina del Rey
StateProv: CA
PostalCode:
Country: US

NetRange: 140.173.0.0 - 140.173.255.255
CIDR: 140.173.0.0/16
NetName: DARTNET
NetHandle: NET-140-173-0-0-1
Parent: NET-140-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Assignment
NameServer: LILA.EAST.ISI.EDU
NameServer: NS.ISI.EDU
Comment:
RegDate: 1990-05-16
Updated: 1998-04-15

RTechHandle: WM110-ARIN
RTechName: Manning, Bill
RTechPhone: +1-310-322-8102
RTechEmail:  bmanning@karoshi.com

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2006-05-21 19:10
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS database.



If contact information is out of date or incorrect, please contact  hostmaster@arin.net. Include all relevant information in your e-mail and ARIN will investigate the matter.

Maybe this 22.May.2006 17:59

Marleen

try a search engine - it took me less than 10 seconds to find this:

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DoD).

 http://www.darpa.mil/

What's DARPA? 22.May.2006 19:32

Big Brother sucks


Oh... 22.May.2006 23:26

Shaker

And do you feel anonymous now?

Welcome to the "Surveillance Society" 23.May.2006 21:51

beware