Want an NSA.org email address? Yours for $139. Miley Cyrus fans need not apply

Graham Cluley

The other NSAIf you want to sound like a spy, and have over $100 burning a hole in your pocket, this might interest you.

You can now buy your very own @nsa.org email address. Current price? $139.

Chris Fisher (aka “cf21”) is the guy selling the email addresses. He purchased the nsa.org domain way back in 1995, and hadn’t really found anything fruitful to do with it – until now.

The cavalcade of headlines related to the NSA spying on internet users following the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden have changed all that.

NSA.org email advert

Of course, the *real* NSA hangs out at nsa.gov not nsa.org. But you might still be able to play a practical joke on your friends, or you might be the sort of chap who gets a kick out of “sticking it to the man” by having an nsa.org email address.

At least Fisher is being honest about why people might want an @nsa.org email address:

“Who are you? Why should I give you money?”
cf21. Because you are vain.

I think Fisher is being a little naive to think that only the vain would want an NSA.org email address. I can easily imagine how scammers and internet fraudsters might find it attractive to own a domain like that, and use it as a base to con the unwary.

Furthermore, who is to say that the National Smokers Alliance, the Nikkei Student Association, and the Nantucket Shellfish Association wouldn’t also be interested?

Still, $139 is pretty expensive for a webmail address with only 2GB of storage, questionable security and a reluctance to carry your collection of Miley Cyrus multimedia files.

^This account comes with ONLY 2GB of storage. Store your Miley Cyrus somewhere else.

My guess is that not a lot of people will be happy to pay $139 for this joke email address – Miley Cyrus or no Miley Cyrus.

Graham Cluley Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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