Forwarded from: Nexus <nexusat_private-way.co.uk> ----- Original Message ----- From: "David Hansen" <davidhat_private> To: <ukcryptoat_private> Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 3:46 PM Subject: Re: FW: AL Digital Acquires Second Nuclear Bunker > On 1 Oct 2001 at 3:02, John Doe Number Two wrote: > > > PRESS RELEASE > > The Bunker and The Other Bunker were designed and built during the > > Cold War as physically secure communications centres. Both offer the > > ultimate in protection from a myriad of attacks including; crackers, > > terrorist attack, electro-magnetic pulse, HERF weapons, electronic > > eavesdropping and solar flares. > > Nonsense. > > As someone who (in a previous career) designed, built and > maintained such buildings I'm fed up of such writing spouted by PR > companies and others. > > Such a building will provide a level of protection against some of > the forms of attack listed. However, like any other form of > protection, that protection is not ultimate. The protection > provided depends on the installation design, maintenance and > operation. > > For example, a terrorist attack could take many forms, groups of > people on foot for example. I doubt whether these buildings will > have troops to resist groups of attackers from getting close. > Doors (and I have seen some very impressive doors) can always be > opened with suitable tools and time, or bypassed if that is > easier. Unless the buildings are run in closed down mode all the > time (expensive on electricity and filters, not the way to attract > staff due to the limited air) a simple gas attack on the air > inlets would disable the building easily anyway. > > While these buildings undoubtedly provide a far more secure > environment than the typical tin shed (with or without single-skin > block walls) that most "secure" computer spaces are inside, it is > deceitful to talk about "the ultimate protection". By all means > the company should offer the service, but they should not mis-sell > what they offer. > > There is no such thing as a physically secure building. Even the > most important military headquarters in "the west", which are > still in use for their original purpose, can be destroyed by a > suitable attack. > > Yes, I have pointed this out to the company before in private. > > > -- > David Hansen | davidhat_private | PGP email preferred > Edinburgh | CI$ number 100024,3247 | key number F566DA0E > If I revoke this key, the only circumstance in which I will not be > prepared to explain my reasons for doing so will be when UK > government authorities have stipulated that providing such an > explanation would be unlawful. See RIP Act 2000. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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