"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Germany Considers Using Typewriters to Avoid NSA Snooping

Disconnecting From The Internet
Shock!  If you don't want secrets stolen then don't store the data on computers connected to the Internet.

German politicians are considering abandoning emails and going back to typewriters for sensitive documents in the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal, according to a key lawmaker.

The revelation by Patrick Sensburg, head of the German parliamentary committee investigating NSA activity, comes amid rocky relations between Berlin and Washington after the CIA’s “chief of station” in Berlin was asked to leave the country last week reports NBC News.

In an interview with German broadcaster ARD on Monday, Sensburg was asked whether he and his colleagues had considering using typewriters to avoid eavesdropping. “Indeed we have — and not electronic ones,” he replied.

Ties between the countries have strained since files leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden alleged that intelligence operatives had listened in on the phone calls of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Sensburg said officials have become far more cautious of using technology in the wake of the scandal, resorting to encrypted phones, emails, and even sound-proofed rooms. Russia has taken similar steps, according to the Guardian, with Moscow’s federal guard service ordering 20 Triumph Adler typewriters in the wake of the NSA leaks.

The Locked Filing Cabinet
The locked file cabinet in a locked and guarded room. The old fashioned, low-tech way to protect documents from cyber theft by either foreign governments or hackers. But I am just a "crazy" Blogger.  What do I know?
It's not like computer theft and hacking is something new.  Way back in the 1983 movie "Wargames" 
Matthew Broderick hacked into NORAD and nearly started a nuclear war. But after all these years the idiots in our military and in government still store vital data in computers where any 16 year old in the world or government employee can hack
in and steal it.

A movie that was a computer hacker's wet dream.  But somehow the Government claims they don't understand this cyber threat . . . or do they? 
Any fool who really wanted to keep secret information secret would simply remove top secret data from computers and lock it up.  So one must conclude that either we are ruled by total idiots or the government wants "secrets" stolen so they have an excuse to increase Police State powers and their control over the Internet.
But conspiracy type thinking like that would be "crazy".

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