Cultybraggan Nuclear Bunker Perfect For Data Crypt
Looking to stash some data in a secure place? The massive secret bunker in Cultybraggan WWII POW camp outside Glasgow may be just the property you're looking for.
(Cultybraggan nuclear bunker for sale)
With its own BBC studio, canteen, telephone exchange and dormitories, the resident's main role would have been planning for and overseeing the re-building of a post apocalypse Scotland.
The bunker was completed in 1990 and is thought to be the last and most technologically advanced structure ever built specifically in relation to the Cold War threat. The construction cost was in the region of £30m (construction costs today would be around £90m).
Andrew Black, an associate at Carter Jonas said: ‘This really is a fascinating installation which would suit a variety of uses including high security computer data storage...
Indeed. Fans of Neal Stephenson's 1999 novel Cryptonomicon have been thinking of a good spot for The Crypt, a long-term storage space for digitally-encrypted information. In the novel, The Crypt is located in a nuclear-shielded facility tucked inside a mountain in a (fictional) island-state in Southeast Asia.
Bruce Sterling fans of course remember the data havens from his 1988 novel Islands in the Net:
…Laura had never realized the profit to be gained by evading the developed world's privacy laws.
Thousands of legitimate companies maintained dossiers on individuals: employee records, medical histories, credit transactions. In the Net economies, business was impossible without such information. In the legitimate world, companies purged this information periodically, as required by law.
But not all of it was purged. Reams of it ended up in the data havens, passed on through bribery of clerks, through taps of datalines, and by outright commercial espionage…
The havens were bootstrapping their way up to Big Brother status…
Via Thinq; thanks to Adi for the tip and the reference. Also, take a look at more than 50 technologies and ideas by Neal Stephenson. Update: See also this video with detailed interior views and descriptions of the Swedish data bunker hosting WikiLeaks (thanks to commenter Peter Jacobs). End update
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