Hacking the Papal Election

Bruce Schneier has written a fascinating piece on the security aspects of the papal election, in the course of which he addresses my thought about bugging.

Eavesdropping on the process is certainly possible, although the rules explicitly state that the chapel is to be checked for recording and transmission devices “with the help of trustworthy individuals of proven technical ability.” I read that the Vatican is worried about laser microphones, as there are windows near the chapel’s roof.