Artifact Details

Title

VAX Russian clone documents

Catalog Number

102774199

Type

Text

Date

1985-1991

Publisher

Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)

Description

This folder contains material related to the Russian cloning of VAX machines, specifically an incident when Supnik and Jesse Lipcon were briefed by an "unnamed government agency" that a diverted VAXen was being used in the Soviet military. The agents provided a printed slogan that they said had been placed on a VAX-11/780 that ran an SS20 missile complex. In Russian, the slogan says, "VAX: When You Care, Get the Best," but was translated by the agents as "VAX: When You Care Enough to Steal the Very Best." This translated slogan was engraved into the scribe line of the CVAX.

This folder contains that original printed slogan in Russian; a 1985 memo to Supnik requesting he discuss high-tech industry security with a representative from a U.S. intelligence agency; and Wall Street Journal articles on the cloning.

Category

Memoranda; Article; Ephemera/nameplate / sign

Collection Title

Bob Supnik papers

Credit

Gift of Robert M. Supnik

Lot Number

X3339.2006