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July 17th, 2013 at 9:53 am

Kremlin switches back to typewriters to avoid computer leaks

Each typewriter has a unique, individual pattern of type that would make it easy to trace it back to the source.

The Kremlin has switched back to old-fashioned typewriters to avoid leaking of sensitive information because of leaks like WikiLeaks.. Russia’s Federal Guard Service plans to spend 486,000 rubles to buy a number of electric typewriters.

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One of the best security aspects of using typewriters is the fact that each has a unique, individual pattern of type, meaning if any paper documents are leaked, it would be easy to trace it back to the source.

Says an unnamed FSO source: “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.”

It’s not often we see agencies moving against the grain of innovation, but that’s a form of innovation it and of itself. As our information becomes easier and easier to access, could this become a trend?

Photo credit: MSN

Via Dvice

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