"Looks like kindergarten cryptography to
me. It will keep your kid sister out, but it
won't keep the police out. But what do you
expect from someone who is computer illiterate?"
security guru Bruce Schneier, author of several
books on cryptography, told Discovery News.
Indeed, no high-tech ran the Mafia network under
Provenzano's rule. Top Mafia businesses were conducted on
an obsolete Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter. Pizzini were delivered by a chain of messengers.
The fact that the boss code was rather
straightforward may be explained by
Provenzano's lack of education. It stopped when he dropped out of school at about eight.
Anna Petrozzi is an editor at Antimafia 2000, a magazine that Provenzano read, as copies found in his hideaway attest.