But that the US still uses cables for diplomatic communiques? Now, that's a surprise. Or is it?
- Despite being low-tech, they're still harder to hack than email, even encrypted ones.
- The codes in the header provide inviolable proof of where the cable came from and its destination. Each terminal has its own unique code. They are the only electronic communications that stand up international courts because of it.
- The financial industry still uses them to transfer money. Shipping companies use them as well.
- They're still fairly common in remote corners where phone systems can barely support calls, let alone any form of the Internet. It only takes a baud rate of 50 to send one using Telex machines still in operation.