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At the peak of the Cold War, the United States was desperate to gain high level access to Soviet secrets in the name of squeaking out an edge in the conflict. While some rather wild ideas were pitched (and even brought into development) such as building a bionic cat with microphones embedded in its body, none were as successful as a Trojan-horse style attack on the Soviet embassies and facilities using, of all things, the unassuming photocopier.

At the peak of the Cold War, the United States was desperate to gain high level access to Soviet secrets in the name of squeaking out an edge in the conflict. While some rather wild ideas were pitched (and even brought into development) such as building a bionic cat with microphones embedded in its body, none were as successful as a Trojan-horse style attack on the Soviet embassies and facilities using, of all things, the unassuming photocopier.

The first copy machine was intented in 1959 and was originally called Xerographic office photocopyer which was created by Xeron. It was used to make copies of documents and visual images.

The first copy machine was intented in 1959 and was originally called Xerographic office photocopyer which was created by Xeron. It was used to make copies of documents and visual images.

Early Xerox Ad. Image: Xerox historical archives

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Inside the Cold War-era Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Essex

Inside the Cold War-era Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Essex

Konica Minolta Bizhub C652 Driver Download

Konica Minolta Bizhub C652 Driver Download

This was the launch console that the missile combat crews would initiate a nuclear strike at once they received Emergency War Orders from SAC.

This was the launch console that the missile combat crews would initiate a nuclear strike at once they received Emergency War Orders from SAC.

"SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) was a large computerised air defence system built in response to the Cold War threat of Soviet bombers..."

"SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) was a large computerised air defence system built in response to the Cold War threat of Soviet bombers..."

Gestetner by LauraEss, via Flickr  Remember the methylated spirits smell of the stencils?

Gestetner by LauraEss, via Flickr Remember the methylated spirits smell of the stencils?

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