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Ran Data Corporation Ltd.

Ran Data Corporation, commonly abbreviated to RanData or RDC, was an Australian technology and mining company, that existed from 13 December 1984 to 26 July 1990. The company was initially established by the Italian entrepreneur A.J. Monte Sala. In the mid-1980s, the electronics company was involved in the development of graphics display systems and encryption devices.

RanData was established as RanData Pty Ltd. in 1982, after Monte Sala had developed a secure encryption device for the consumer market. The company was later bought by Caris Corporation, and renamed Ran Data Corporation in 1984. In the late 1980s, Sala was prevented from exporting one of his encryption devices to Pakistan, and the CIA block a joint venture between his company and Crypto AG in Switzerland. After RanData came under investigation for stock manipulation in 1987, the product line was taken over by GSA Technology Ltd. in Hawthorn (Victoria, Australia).

As RanData equipment was neither under control of the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) – the Australian crypto­logic organisation – nor the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), their products should be considered to have been secure at the time.

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RanData equipment on this website
RanData CC140100 secure telephone and fax encryptor
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