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[liberationtech] decloudification: reverting to typewriters?

Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman secrets at igc.org
Wed Jul 17 12:18:47 PDT 2013


The cover of Philip Agee's book "CIA Diary: Inside the Company" is a 
picture of his typewriter--rigged by the CIA to capture what he wrote.


On Jul 17, 2013, at 10:11 AM, Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:

> Also, there's quite a bit of work on "keyboard emanations" (listening 
> to sound from keyboards) which could be applied to typewriters with 
> little modification. So these had better be well-swept (against 
> listening devices) rooms! Or have tons of typewriters in each room... 
> or dynamically realocate the keys on the typewriter (not sure if that's 
> possible or practical!). best, Joe
> 
> On Wed Jul 17 12:01:00 2013, Griffin Boyce wrote:
>>  If you need something typed, but don't want it to be easily stolen,
>> typewriters would be a good option.  However, if the goal is to prevent
>> leaking, then that's not really going to work.  It's not difficult to xerox
>> something or take a photo and then leak *that*.  Cameras can be very tiny,
>> and portable scanners can be hidden in a jacket pocket or under a pant leg.
>> 
>>  Security hasn't disappeared just because we default to using technology.
>> 
>>  The Kremlin's a big place though. Ordering just four typewriters doesn't
>> necessarily mean that they've changed security or tactics.  I do have to
>> wonder if they're just replacing other typewriters... or maybe the recent
>> leakstravaganza has made them reconsider their own policies :D
>> 
>> ~Griffin
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>  If you need something typed, but don't want it to be easily stolen,
>> typewriters would be a good option.  However, if the goal is to
>> prevent leaking, then that's not really going to work.  It's not
>> difficult to xerox something or take a photo and then leak *that*.
>> Cameras can be very tiny, and portable scanners can be hidden in a
>> jacket pocket or under a pant leg.
>> 
>>  Security hasn't disappeared just because we default to using technology.
>> 
>>  The Kremlin's a big place though. Ordering just four typewriters
>> doesn't necessarily mean that they've changed security or tactics.  I
>> do have to wonder if they're just replacing other typewriters... or
>> maybe the recent leakstravaganza has made them reconsider their own
>> policies :D
>> 
>> ~Griffin
>> 
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