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Classified documents in electronic form aren't always safe
according to the intelligence agency

After the scandal with the "resignation" of Vladimir Yakunin, head of Russian Railways and the "plums" of Edward Snowden the FSO decided to purchase 20 typewriters for printing confidential documents. The corresponding order in the amount of 486.5 million roubles was placed on the portal of public services. A source in the Federal Protective Service, told "Izvestia", there is believed that in some cases, to print documents on electronic devices is unsafe.

- After the scandal with the spread of classified documents WikiLeaks, revelations of Edward Snowden, reports of tapping Dmitry Medvedev during his visit to the G20 summit in London, the practice of creating paper decided to expand, - said the interlocutor of "Izvestia".

The Press Service of the Federal Security Service declined to comment on the purpose of this procurement. According to experts in the field of security, typewriters are still used by many special forces.

- Typewriters are still used for printing on paper and adhesive to glue not much warming up, - said the source publication. - In addition, a number of documents actually created not in electronic format. This practice exists in the structures of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Emergency Situations, the security services.

The source said the "News" in the Defence Ministry, on paper, are usually created by the preparatory documents and secret reports - for example, the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander.

Typewriters and also supplies purchased by the FSO, just designed for printing confidential documents. The site of one of the equipment suppliers stipulates that each typewriter has its individuality, but her type-writing is inherent in contrast to the faceless printers. Thus, after examination of the text, you can determine exactly what text has been typed in one machine or another.

Among the items purchased by the agency, and is listed with the print cartridge ribbon for a typewriter "Triumph Adler TWAIN 180."

"Triumph Adler TWAIN 180" allows you to create fairly complex documents for use in their professional organizations, - the specification of the machine. - It is recommended for organizations to print confidential documents. "

Interviewed by "Izvestia", experts in the field of computer security have different opinions for the intelligence initiative.

- From the point of view of ensuring the safety of any form of electronic communication is vulnerable - the deputy of the State Duma and former FSB Director Nikolai Kovalyov. - With computers, you can remove any information. There are, of course, means of protection, but an absolute guarantee that they will work, no. Therefore, from the point of view of preserving some secrets it's preferrable to use the most primitive methods: hand writing with a pen or a typewriter.

Expert in information security "Andek" Oleg Glebov recalls that the main reason for the various leaks - is the human factor.

- Often the employee with legitimate access to the data, when fired, takes with him some documents, which he thinks may be useful to him. After that he can "accidentally lose" the carrier with them or give them to interested parties, - he said.

Glebov agrees that the use of typewriters is useful as one of the fundamental techniques to protect data from external influence through electronic channels. However, he warns that we should not regard this approach as a complete defence.

From : ... sorry for the bad Google translation.

Kovalyov Takes Over As FSB Chief
By Patrick Henry (an old article, just for information)

Nikolai Kovalyov, the newly appointed head of the Federal Security Service, has made his debut at an FSB meeting where President Boris Yeltsin announced that he had taken the war on terrorism under his personal control.

This seemed to signal the central role that the agency, and its new chief, would play in the anti-terrorism campaign, a particularly acute topic after last week's spate of bombings in Moscow.

Yeltsin said Friday that the FSB would be asked to tackle terrorism, subversive activities of foreign intelligence services and the battles with corruption and organized crime.

Yeltsin, Kovalyov and newly appointed head of the Security Council, Alexander Lebed, presented a united front at the session.

The FSB's tasks, as outlined by Yeltsin, corresponded almost point for point with the priorities laid out by Kovalyov at his first press conference in his new post earlier last week.

Kovalyov also said that he had reached broad agreement on the FSB's role with Lebed, who has sought sweeping powers to fight crime.

Kovalyov, 47, is the agency's eighth chief since the division of the former KGB in 1991. He is a career intelligence officer considered a compromise choice to head Russia's domestic security service.

His predecessor, Mikhail Barsukov, was fired late last month along with Yeltsin's former bodyguard, Alexander Korzhakov, and former first deputy prime minister, Oleg Soskovets.

The purge of the president's inner circle left a gap in Russia's security services that Lebed, who has sought wide powers for himself as the new security tsar, seems to be trying to fill.

Lebed has said that Kovalyov's appointment was "coordinated" with him.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported that Kovalyov's candidacy for the top FSB job had been approved by Lebed personally.

But analysts agreed that Kovalyov's appointment was highly popular within the FSB itself, where he is seen as a dedicated career intelligence officer.

Kovalyov's specialty since his rise to the post of FSB deputy director in late 1994 has been economic security - perhaps one reason for his backing by Lebed, who has trumpeted his intent to bolster Russia's security in this area.

Kovalyov told Izvestia he would focus on three main problems: economic security, including industrial espionage; spying by foreign agents, which he said was on the rise; and corruption in the government, another key point of convergence with Lebed.

In the war on corruption, which Yeltsin has also named as a priority task in his second term, Kovalyov said new strategies were needed.

"The time when we fought corruption by organizing big campaigns has passed," he told Izvestia.

Kovalyov said small units should be formed to carry out sting operations against officials suspected of corruption.

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