Browsers of Power?

Now here's interesting. I've just been reviewing my log files and for once I looked at the browser version list. No surprise to find that two-thirds of my visitors are using Mozilla browsers, but one entry caught my eye because I'd not seen it before. It said "NSA Power-Browser,gzip". I have spotted "gzip" as a browser before but nothing that said "NSA".

I've done the obvious and googled for obvious hits - nothing. Is someone playing a prank, or should I expect a special interview next time I pass through a US port of entry?

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There is a firefox option to override useragent string sent to webservers. I use it to fool stupid sites which refuse to serve because my browser is not IE. (In firefox URL bar type about:config and set "general.useragent.override" to what ever you want)

Posted by Chandan on September 30, 2006 at 05:35 AM PDT #

I'm guessing it's from a PDA:

http://dbpubs.stanford.edu:8091/~testbed/doc2/PowerBrowsing/ http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=332470 Just Google "power browser"...

Posted by Swashbuckler on September 30, 2006 at 06:24 AM PDT #

That one sounds plausible, although it's pretty old software from what I can see. I googled "NSA Power Browser" and got nothing.

Posted by Simon Phipps on September 30, 2006 at 06:29 AM PDT #

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