Steganography takes an alternative approach to conventional cryptography
, such as PGP
Cryptography focusses on making sensitive data incomprehensible, whereas steganography
attempts to make it impossible to tell that you *have* any sensistive data in the first place.
The principle is that obviously encrypted data on your hard drive is unsafe, as law enforcement agencies can force you to reveal it. This will become a bigger problem if the UK RIP bill is implemented in full.
Some Open Source solutions are:
A steganographic file system, hidden inside a conventional filesystem. Again the benefit here
compared to Linux (International Kernel Patch) cryptofilesystems is that there is no indication that the
hidden stegFS even exists.
This tool hides data inside insignificant bits of GIF files.
This gives you the unique opportunity to hide your warez inside your pR0n...
A really cool idea is hiding secret messages inside spam
. See www.spammimic.com
The idea behind this tool is that spam has become such a serious problem that spam has effectively become invisible.
Consider this: If you were trawling through a felons mailbox, would you spend time trying to crack this message:
-----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----
Version: PGP 6.5.1i
-----END PGP MESSAGE-----
or this one?
Dear Friend , Thank-you for your interest in our publication
. We will comply with all removal requests . This mail
is being sent in compliance with Senate bill 1623 ,
Title 9 , Section 301 . This is a ligitimate business
proposal ! Why work for somebody else when you can
become rich inside 51 DAYS ! Have you ever noticed
how long the line-ups are at bank machines plus people
love convenience ! Well, now is your chance to capitalize
on this . WE will help YOU deliver goods right to the
customer's doorstep plus deliver goods right to the
customer's doorstep ! You can begin at absolutely no
cost to you ! But don't believe us ! Mr Anderson who
resides in Illinois tried us and says "Now I'm rich,
Rich, RICH" . We assure you that we operate within
all applicable laws . Don't delay - order today . Sign
up a friend and your friend will be rich too ! Thank-you
for your serious consideration of our offer ! Dear
Professional ; This letter was specially selected to
be sent to you ! If you are not interested in our publications
and wish to be removed from our lists, simply do NOT
respond and ignore this mail ! This mail is being sent
in compliance with Senate bill 2516 , Title 1 ; Section
304 ! This is not multi-level marketing . Why work
for somebody else when you can become rich as few as
83 WEEKS . Have you ever noticed people love convenience
& most everyone has a cellphone . Well, now is your
chance to capitalize on this ! WE will help YOU deliver
goods right to the customer's doorstep plus decrease
perceived waiting time by 200% ! You can begin at absolutely
no cost to you . But don't believe us ! Ms Ames of
North Dakota tried us and says "My only problem now
is where to park all my cars" . This offer is 100%
legal ! We urge you to contact us today for your own
future financial well-being ! Sign up a friend and
you get half off ! Thank-you for your serious consideration
of our offer . Dear Salaryman , This letter was specially
selected to be sent to you ! We will comply with all
removal requests . This mail is being sent in compliance
with Senate bill 1622 , Title 5 ; Section 309 ! This
is different than anything else you've seen . Why work
for somebody else when you can become rich within 40
days . Have you ever noticed people love convenience
plus nearly every commercial on television has a .com
on in it ! Well, now is your chance to capitalize on
this ! WE will help YOU use credit cards on your website
plus decrease perceived waiting time by 180% ! You
are guaranteed to succeed because we take all the risk
. But don't believe us . Mrs Simpson of Delaware tried
us and says "My only problem now is where to park all
my cars" ! This offer is 100% legal . We implore you
- act now ! Sign up a friend and you get half off !
God Bless !
(Both contain the same message). Of course, once the site becomes well-known, this will be a lot less useful (the encryption algorithm involved is weak as piss), but the designers state that this will cause Echelon to decrypt all spam messages it receives, which will slow them down significantly.
I must admit I've started to paste random spam messages into it, just in case Salma Hayek is sending me secret messages.