[LINK] Academics turn RAM into Wi-Fi cards to steal data from stand-alone IT systems

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Sat Dec 19 09:23:45 AEDT 2020

On 16/12/20 9:11 pm, Stephen Loosley wrote:

> Academics turn RAM into Wi-Fi cards to steal data from air-gapped systems ...

TEMPEST* was something spooks whispered about in the cold war, but has 
been public knowledge for decades. 

There are well known ways to shield equipment, ranging from carefully 
designed metal cases on equipment, to everyone working in a room which 
looks like a walk-in fridge.

* TEMPEST supposedly stands for "Telecommunications Electronics 
Materials Protected from Emanating Spurious Transmissions", but may be a 

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