[IP] more on more on E-mail intercept ruling - good grief!! (fwd from dave at farber.net)

Tyler Durden camera_lumina at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 3 16:18:08 PDT 2004

I dunno...as an ex-optical engineer/physicst, I'm sceptical about this whole 
scary "tempest" bullcrap. Even if it can be made to work fairly reliably, I 
suspect deploying it is extremely costly. In contrast, the main benefit of 
CALEA is that they can merely provision their copy of a circuit to go back 
to VA or wherever. They can be eavesdropping while surfin porn all without 
leaving their desk and cup of coffee. Hey--if they want me that bad these 
days, it would probably be cheaper just to send the van and beat whatever 
they need out of me.

Actually, I suspect that Tempest is some kind of smokescreen..."Don't bother 
encrypting because we have this super-technology called tempest that can 
read your mind anyway."


>From: Sunder <sunder at sunder.net>
>To: "Roy M. Silvernail" <roy at rant-central.com>
>CC: cypherpunks at al-qaeda.net
>Subject: Re: [IP] more on  more on E-mail intercept ruling - good   grief!! 
>    (fwd from dave at farber.net)
>Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 16:15:59 -0400 (edt)
> > The Tempest argument is a stretch, only because you're not actually
> > recovering the information from the phosphor itself.  But the Pandora
> > argument is well taken.
>Actually there is optical tempest now that works by watching the flicker
>of a CRT.  Point is actually even more moot since most monitors are now
>LCD based, etc. so there's no raster line scanning the display, etc...

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