We Rock!

I was looking at something on-line today, something I stumbled into.  The details of the USS Pueblo.  A still-commissioned USN ship held hostage by the Norks.


USS Pueblo Docked on Taedong River


I then transitioned into cryptography, looking at some of the equipment these guys of the Pueblo would have likely had to try to ditch, or disable.


What I am struck by, reminded of, the technology we used then, and likely use now – today’s tech is undoubtedly more advanced.  I am sure we don’t use wheels in cryptography machines.  Software is used now.

We were way in advance of what the Norks used then, or perhaps the Russians used.  We used (maybe) unbreakable cryptography for decades after WWII.  There were breaks in security.  For a long time.  It was not, perhaps, until the Pueblo was captured that others had any idea of how we communicate.

Here’s the thing; Isis, hamas, iran, or many other bad-actors can threaten us today.  But we have made use of advanced equipment and algorithims for a long time, when they were riding camels and striking tents in the desert.

We cannot rely only on technology alone, and must be vigilant.  But take heart in our current systems.  Trust that there are some perhaps in government that are doing their jobs.  Maybe.  Trust our ingenuity.  Yes, obama admitted today he has no strategy regarding isis.  More on that later.

At least the story of the USS Pueblo is interesting in itself.

Did I mention that we put an SUV on mars recently?  Who else did that?  No one.



2 thoughts on “We Rock!”

  1. KW-7 Orestes keystream cipher unit.

    KW-7 Orestes keystream cipher unit. The KGB got the keys from John A. Walker Jr., and working units from USS Pueblo.

    One of the systems he gave to the Russians was Orestes, a keystream cipher that used the KW-7, an encryption device used on teletype links (among other applications). The KW-7 was used to encrypt the SOG data links between SOG HQ in With Walker’s help, Russian SIGINT personnel were able to read the daily cables describing upcoming SOG RT and Hatchet Force operations in Laos and Cambodia. The Russians then “sanitized” the information (stripping it of details that would expose their sources and methods) and provided it to their allies, the People’s Army of Viet Nam or, in our terms, the NVA.


    1. …and John Walker Jr. recently died. How about that! Probably did an awful amount of damage to our interests too. Some say his brother Arthur, who co-conspirited with John Jr. should be released. I think not.

      I have not done the research, I wonder though until the Walker scandal, what were our adversaries able to do against us from the end of WW2 to the point of his espionage?


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