Russia’s Federal Protection Service (FSO) has put in an order for 20 typewriters and 600 ink cartridges, according to newspaper reports from the country.
The FSO, which provides protection for high-ranking officials including Russian President Vladimir Putin, is said to have placed the order amid rising concerns about the USA’s electronic surveillance program, allegations that politicians were bugged during the 2009 G20 summit in London, and after a hoax email was apparently sent by the government’s press service announcing the firing of railway boss Vladimir Yakunin.
The total cost for the typewriters is expected to reach up to 486,500 rubles (about $15,000). The high expense might be explained by the fact that the devices in questions are specifically designed to print classified documents, with each machine having a unique font that can be used to trace any leaked printouts back to their source.
Ahh. Those were the days.
When men were men, women were women, and rather than a backspace key you had to reach for a bottle of Tippex. How I long to hear the warning DING! as I approach my right margin.
At least you knew where you stood then, and didn’t have to worry about Trojan horses and Word document macro viruses. Cut-and-paste was a lot more of a faff however.