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Why can't government computers only contact each other only if they have both scramblers and descramblers? It seems that we are too reliant on software fixes when we should be looking at hardware fixes. If a computer used by the government is used to communicate secret information to other computers then why can't they use scramblers on the phone line? To access these special computers one would have to have a scrambler and descrambler. To anyone else who was to eaves drop they would only hear and read static. As another step the operators of these computers would need an access code of at least 128 bytes. If the person hacking the site wanted to get in, the effort would be extremely costly. Also if each srambler and descrambler were to be located at all times and the operator needed a special smart card to activate these devices it would make hacking a whole lot more difficult.
Re: Why can't government computers scramble messages?
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