This story sat in my draft folder as my human offspring, wife's writing career, shellshock, and poodle consumed my life. I think this story is still an interesting blend of old and new security issues that is worth posting.
This story originally broke in July of 2014.
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I adore this: low tech foiling of high tech espionage. Billions of dollars in state-of-the-art monitoring brought down by the humble mechanical typewriter.
The German committee already uses encrypted emails, secure electronic communications, and places their phones in a metal box when convened to prevent eavesdropping.
Would creating documents on a mechanical typewriter really stop the interception of communications? What precautions should the German Parliament take if they use mechanical typewriters?
Are you a security professional working for a law firm or financial institution that still uses electric typewriters? If so, this discussion could applicable to you. Anything used to create and store information falls into the domain of the information security professional and must be protected.
After the jump we will discuss how typewriters relate to the CIA triad along with ways mechanical typewriters could be monitored. We will also cover how you can create controls to protect typewriters and the documents made on them.