Skip to comments.German NSA Inquiry Considers Typewriters
Posted on 07/14/2014 4:27:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The head of Germany's parliamentary inquiry into the NSA spying scandal has suggested the government return to using typewriters to protect national secrets from prying eyes.
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Germany's politicians are considering going back to using old-fashioned typewriters to create sensitive documents, head of the inquiry committee Patrick Sensburg told ARD broadcaster on Monday.
Unlike other inquiry committees, we are investigating an ongoing situation. Intelligence activities are still going on, they are happening, said Sensburg of the Christian Democrats (CDU).
And of course we have to keep our internal communication secure, send encrypted emails, use encrypted telephones and other things, which I'm not going to say here of course."
When asked whether the committee members had considered ditching word processing and going back to manual paper and ink typing machines, Sensburg said it had certainly crossed their minds.
"Definitely we have [thought about using] a manual typewriter," he said.
The committee is tasked with investigating the activities of foreign intelligence agents in Germany in the wake of the spying scandal resulting from the Edward Snowden leaks last summer.
The committee itself is also believed to be a possible NSA target.
Intelligence agencies may have been targeting at least two members' phones, Spiegel magazine reported on Monday.
Sensburg's interview comes just days after it emerged that two suspected US spies had been planted in the German intelligence agency and the country's Defence Ministry.
In response, the government asked the US intelligence chief in Germany to leave the country, but by Monday the US Embassy had not yet informed the German Foreign Ministry if the station chief had gone.
IBM Selectrics give off all sorts of EM waves.
I can see it now: "Dearest Gerhardt, The most unusual thing happened to me last Thursday..."
It was a Dark and Stormy night.....
hhmmm.... browsers need more built-in fonts.
They should encode secret message in David Hasselhoff records, because no American is going to listen to that, and only Germans will. Voila.
Just have to calibrate the microphone to recognize the sound of each keypress and the delay to the letter striking the paper.
Just put an XBOX with KINECT in the room.
Shhh, don’t tell the Germans that. I just think it would be hilarious to see German leaders using them.
The coast is clear, the cost is clear....
Easy to ID typist too.
Sweeping for microphones, RF etc., is easy...
Detecting remote wireless phone surveillance, computer hacks is a different animal.
HAL: Angela, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
Lerner checked to see if instant messages could be searched. I wonder if she used a typewriter in her office.
The bird has laid an egg, an egg has laid a bird.
Mad Mo’ was a pedophile, the kaaba is toast....
Yeah, that’ll work
I thought it was a rock... a black, shiny, slimy-wet-with-saliva rock.
Years ago the AF had a program, TEMPEST, that was concerned with electro magnetic waves given off by IBM electric typewriters. If you were going to use one of these typewriters for typing something classified not only did you need to secure the ribbon but the typewriter itself had to be TEMPEST shielded.
Typewriters have lots of built-in fonts -- just ask Dan Rather.