7/11/2013

Russians have new way to stop spying: typewriters

Well, let's hope that the Russians still remember how to use filing systems!  It is hard to believe that they would use this for very much information.  The easier solution would seem to be make sure that the computers were connected to the internet or possibly even outside electrical sources.  Even then they can give off electrical signals, but you can use them in shielded rooms.  From CNET:

So the Kremlin has started ordering typewriters. Lots of them. Indeed, the Telegraph, relying on sources at Russia's Federal Guard Service, says that about $15,000 is being spent to purchase new electronic typewriters.
What seems evident from the Russian government's procurement Web site is that some money had gone toward ribbons for Triumph Adler TWEN 180 typewriters.
You might think this is mere tantalizing frippery, designed to get other nations to drop their guards against Russia.
However, Russia's Izvestia newspaper claims a Federal Guard Service source revealed: "After scandals with the distribution of secret documents by WikiLeaks, the exposés by Edward Snowden, reports about Dmitry Medvedev being listened in on during his visit to the G20 summit in London, it has been decided to expand the practice of creating paper documents." . . .

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