The FNORDWALL CHIP.
Robert Rothenburg Walking-Owl
rrothenb at ic.sunysb.edu
Thu Feb 2 18:12:33 PST 1995
> ----- Transcript of session follows -----
> ... while talking to toad.com.:
> >>> RCPT To:<cyberpunks at toad.com>
> <<< 550 <cyberpunks at toad.com>... User unknown
> 550 <cyberpunks at toad.com>... User unknown
Talk about lame. I accidentally CC'd this to "cyberpunks". *sigh*
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> > THE FIREWALL CHIP! U'RE PHONE ALWAYS OFFHOOK?
> > We have potential bugging devices in all our houses - The telephone!
> > Of course, when it is onhook, the microphone does not transmit... or
> > does it? Would the phone have to be rewired to render it always
> > "offhook" or would it be an operation at the central phone company?
> I believe there is a way to get regular analog phones to go "off hook"
> by sending the right kind of signal down the wire. Apparently not that
> reliable if you've got multiple extentions. I think some newer phone
> systems and/or newer phones don't work that well for the method, though
> I never tried it myself.
> > This problem demands a hardware solution. How about an adapter module
> > between microphone & the rest of phone?
> How about disconnecting the phone when uneeded? Or, filter the calls through
> an answering machine (which may also defeat such a method described above).
> [ Snip! ]
> > The FIREWALL CHIP could have its applications software supplied by
> > various companies which would specialize in fields for
> > detecting electronic intrusion. Some specializing in phone audio, others
> > in vision telephones, cell phone tracking, & many others to be
> > considered.
> > The FIREWALL CHIP will be a future necessity. It & its software
> > suppliers will probably constitute an outlaw industry.
> I don't think it will be a necessity. I can think of several alternatives
> that don't require trusting an "outlaw industry".
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