Wednesday, May 4, 2011 History Page Now Assigned Reading at Harvard

(You know you are in a tough course at Harvard when your professor uses his initials as his email address.)

Scott O. Bradner teaches Security, Privacy, and Usability (CSCI E-170) at Harvard University. One of his reading assignments for this Spring 2011 course is a history I compiled about The Great Seal Bug. I am honored. 

Hey, does this mean I can say I am a teaching assistant at Harvard!? Probably not, but if you like bugs, spies and government espionage, this fascinating story really is a must read. It starts off like this...

"In 1946, Soviet school children presented a two foot wooden replica of the Great Seal of the United States to Ambassador Averell Harriman. The Ambassador hung the seal in his office in Spaso House (Ambassador's residence). 

During George F. Kennan's ambassadorship in 1952 (six years later!), a secret technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM) inspection discovered that the seal contained a microphone and a resonant cavity which could be stimulated from an outside radio signal." (more)