Monday, April 1, 2013

The GUNMAN Project


In March of 1985, CBS news anchor Dan Rather opened the telecast with: “In another US-Soviet development, Pentagon correspondent David Martin has been told how Soviet secret police in Moscow have been getting the latest word on sensitive US embassy documents even before US officials read them.” This talk, drawn from a recently declassified paper on the nsa.gov web site, discusses Project GUNMAN, which involved discovery and evaluation of typewriter bugs found in the US Embassy in Moscow.
Glenn Lilly received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1991. He joined the National Security Agency shortly thereafter. He spent the bulk of his career in crypto-algorithm and protocol design and evaluation. He is currently the chief of the Mathematics Research Group at NSA.

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