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Hiding From the CIA: German NSA Committee Considers Move to Typewriters

by Todd Haselton | July 14, 2014July 14, 2014 3:00 pm PST

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As technology becomes more advanced and connected our gadgets become more vulnerable to attack. In an effort to become as protected from infiltration as possible, Germany’s NSA committee, which is tasked with finding out how much information the United States National Security Agency (NSA) was able to tap into the German government, is now considering a move to non-electric typewriters.

The potential move was revealed by the chairman of the committee, Patrick Sensburg, on German TV recently. “In fact, we already have [a typewriter], and it’s even a non-electronic typewriter,” he said, according to Ars Technica. The idea, of course, is that a non-electronic typewriter is not connected to the Internet in any fashion, perhaps offering more security than connected devices.

Sensburg made the comments following a recent discovery that there was a CIA mole named Marcus R. working inside Germany’s Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) intelligence agency. “We have to try to keep our internal communication sure to send encrypted e-mails, use crypto phones and other things, and other things that I won’t mention, of course,” he said, referring to the committee’s efforts to get security under control.

Of course, non-electronic messaging is as old school as spying gets — dead drops were and still are a popular means of communication.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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