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Re: [PEN-TEST] Penetration Testing and Van Eck Scanning
From: batz <batsy () VAPOUR NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 10:50:41 -0500

On Wed, 8 Nov 2000, Cornali, Remo wrote:

:I believe the original V-E scanning applied to an ASCII terminal,
:such as a VT-100 or an IBM 3270. These had buffers of about 2K characters.
:(24 lines of 80 characters each) A current X-Term would have a completely
:different emission...

Then again, an organization that was *seriously* considering V-E radiation
as a threat, i.e it would be cost effective for an adversary to
obtain the technology and expertise, would probably be operating on the
sovereign level, or at least be connected with projects that were, and
would be provided with TEMPEST rated equipment.

There are much more cost effective attacks on most installations, and
if there aren't, all bets are off.

I hear there is a video floating around based upon a BBC report
and demonstration of the technology that was shot in the 80's/early
90's.

If you are really concerned about it, contact your local Foreign Affairs
Dept, or Intelligence Agency, and ask about requirements for facility
clearances. Also, you could check www.emcon.com for more info.

:It would be much more difficult to intercept, but then again:
:"Any sufficiently advanced technology is undistinguishable from magic."
:(Arthur Clarke)

Or more importantly:
"Any sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from malice."

--
batz
Reluctant Ninja
Defective Technologies


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