Three Cybersecurity Lessons from a 1970’s KGB Key Logger

In the 1970s, Russians were building keyloggers into typewriters

A keylogger is a piece of software or hardware that records what you type, presumably so some bad guy can steal your secret data. You might think the earliest one used a PS/2 connector or installed on an old-fashioned IBM PC. An older computer, maybe? It turns…



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Al Williams

Engineer. Author. Team Leader. Lots of other things. I blog about hardware hacking for Hackaday (, but talk about other topics here.