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Bruce
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Wed Mar 06, 2002 4:17 pm

Hi,

This is a hoot. I expect a lot of the folks here read Slashdot, but just in case anybody missed it:

http://slashdot.org/articles/02/03/06/1 ... ml?tid=172

Reminds me of those stories about a US Intelligence bureau listening under the Russian embassy in Washington for keystrokes and using data analysis techniques to work out what was being typed. I think it's called "sideband data."

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Wed Mar 06, 2002 4:51 pm

Heh. The Soviets listened to the electronic noise from our Selectric typewriters, to tell what key was pressed.
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2002 4:19 pm

hehe I can just see all the paranoid folks out there screaming every time their modem lights blink...

And then there's the fone line their using, that has a scrambler and is in fact a public telephone using an acoustic coupler. In fact, they don't live in a house at all, they move from cave to cave to fool imaginary pursuers :smile:

You know anyone like this? :grin:,
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Fri Mar 08, 2002 6:17 pm

Eh, he's an idiot.

e.g. on Ethernet NICs, the blinking is per frame or per group of frames, not per bit.

I swear, I have no idea why the ACM is humoring him.
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2002 6:56 pm

Nonetheless, a tinfoil hat is a prudent measure!
You are false data.

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