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Numbers stations, steganography, and SPAM

This is kind of a ramble, but it's something I've been thinking about for a long time and for some reason I decided to write it up today:

Any old SWLs out there remember Numbers Stations?

If you were trying to design a replacement method of broadcasting information to multiple sources, what could be better than e-mail? But you still need to make the information hard to detect and hard to decode. This is where I see Steganography coming in. But you can't just be sending out your images to large groups of people and expect nobody to notice...so make the message look like SPAM.

Lots of SPAM seems to be meaningless, or contain links that don't work, etc. But a lot of it also contains images. So you encode your messages/numbers in an image, put it in a seemingly innocuous SPAM message, and send it out to a million people. The receivers have made sure their e-mail addresses are on all the major SPAM lists, so they get it....

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I think hiding messages in spam was mentioned on Slashot once or twice. I'm not sure if anyone enver connected Steganography with that or not. It would be a good way as no one has discovered a way to scan images for steganographic information.

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Maybe they can't be detected if they are encoded by some piece of custom unreleased software, but images made with well known programs like invisible secrects can be easily detected.

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