If you’re a tax-paying American, you may wonder what the shadowy National Security Agency (NSA) is doing with your money.

Well, aside from stockpiling vulnerabilities in old versions of Windows, and writing viruses that destroy nuclear centrifuges, the NSA builds and open-sources some pretty cool tech:

  • goSecure — a portable Virtual Private Network (VPN) system built with Linux and a Raspberry Pi
  • Secure-Host-Baseline — a guide for configuring Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 to Department of Defense “Secure Host Baseline” standards
  • WALKOFF — an active cyber defense development framework enabling you to write and deploy code across WALKOFF-enabled orchestration tools

You can browse the NSA’s open source projects — and the projects of its defensive Information Assurance division — here.

Here are three other links worth your time:

  1. How hackathons work, and why you should consider going to one (5 minute read)
  2. Vue.js: a 3-minute interactive introduction (3 minute read)
  3. A day in the life of a freeCodeCamp contributor who now works as a designer at IBM (11 minute watch)

Thought of the day:

“First law of Bad Management: If something isn’t working, do more of it.” — Tom DeMarco

Funny of the day:

Webcomic by The Underfold.

Study group of the day:

freeCodeCamp Eastbourne

Happy coding!

– Quincy Larson, teacher at freeCodeCamp

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