Kremlin turns back to typewriters to avoid leaks

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    Kremlin turns back to typewriters to avoid leaks


    A Russian state service in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications is looking to purchase an array of old-fashioned typewriters to prevent leaks from computer hardware, sources said Thursday.


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    The throwback to the paper-strewn days of Soviet bureaucracy has reportedly been prompted by the publication of secret documents by anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks and the revelations leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

    The Federal Guard Service, which is also in charge of protecting President Vladimir Putin, is looking to spend just over 486,000 rubles ($14,800) to buy a number of electric typewriters, according to the site of state procurement agency, zakupki.gov.ru.

    "This purchase has been planned for more than a year now," a source at the service, known by its Russian acronym FSO, told AFP on Thursday.

    The notice on the site was posted last week. A spokeswoman for the service declined comment.

    Pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia said the state service was looking to purchase 20 typerwriters because using computers to prepare top-secret documents may no longer be safe.

    "After scandals with the distribution of secret documents by WikiLeaks, the exposes 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," the newspaper quoted a FSO source as saying.

    Unlike printers, every typewriter has its own individual pattern of type so it is possible to link every document to a machine used to type it, Izvestia said.

    Kremlin turns back to typewriters to avoid leaks | Fox News
     
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    here i see indigenous development of internet and its utility by iran china and north korea as a credible way to save themselves from clutches of american hawks
     
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    Soon Kremlin will resort to "Pigeons with Letters" as more reliable mode of transportation over TCP/IP protocol to avoid NSA :rofl:

    Seriously though Internet is America and most Big Names in IT Industry IBM , MS , CISCO , HP etc are all American Companies and they would comply with any diktat from NSA.

    I wont be surprised if OS like Windows and Routers from CISCO or Hardware from IBM/HP has a built in BackDoor for NSA , Considering all the Hardware , Software , Firmware and BIOS are proprietary we would never know
     
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    One can't hack a typewriter from another typewriter. It's actually a good strategy.
     
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    I don't think NSA needs backdoors. It's much more capable to see anyone sitting anywhere in the world.
     
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    It's about catching who leaked the info. They're pretty sure someone would leak their info :lol:
     

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