Re: [coldwarcomms] Re: MW Security
- Anyone have the inside scoop on Oak Hill ?
> On Tue, 17 Sep 2002 01:15:05 -0000, "ozob99" <ozob99@...> wrote:
> >--- In coldwarcomms@y..., mwj116@p... wrote:
> >> I don't have time to look back through my records, but this topic
> >> was rather thoroughly discussed on this group a while back (maybe
> >> a couple of years).
> >> The NSA supplied (and required) AT&T (and maybe the other
> >> carriers) with crypto gear for their microwave links in the northeast
> >> corridor (and maybe other areas as well) to secure them from
> >> known Soviet attempts at interception. The Soviets are believed to
> >> have had facilities to do so in their NY (UN), and DC embassies,
> >> the consulate in San Francisco, and their retreat on Long Island.
> >> Part of the discussion centered on whether NSA had a back door
> >> into those crypto units to intercept domestic traffic, or if there was
> >> any vulnerability into snooping by third parties (such as an Israeli
> >> purveyor of such gear).
> >> If I get time (which is unfortunately unlikely) I'll try to pull out
> >> of the archived messages on this topic...or if anyone with a better
> >> memory than I can lend more details.
> >> Mike
> >> Mike Jacobs, N3MJ
> >> Antenna and RF Engineering Laboratory
> >> Penn State University
> >> State College, PA
> >That was the "LADNER" scheme..see posts 1155,1157..or search archives
> >with the term.
> In my old AT&T MW site visits I've come across some AT&T encryption
> gear that I'm curious if anyone knows the use for. The stickers on
> them always state for future use (obviously not) but the equipment
> looks like it isn't too old. Here's an image:
> It's about 200k+ so give it a minute.
> I've got other pictures if anyone needs a closer view. I've only come
> across these at two sites both of which are rather significant sites
> (Oak Hill, San Jose, CA & Bernal Heights, San Francisco). Oak Hill is
> what I believe to be hardened and Bernal could be too. I'm not quite
> sure what constitutes "hardened."
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- More on Soviet intercepts: