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Old 05-25-2008, 02:01 PM   #1
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So has it been established or not -- are terrorists using computer steganography on the internet?

Other than for protecting copyrights, I don't know that using this type of communication has real practical benefits for anything. I'm not in any type of underground. Might make an interesting hobby. Maybe I won't buy the software.

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You don't have to be in any kind of "underground" to find good uses for steganography. How about hiding a file with your passwords on a USB stick, for instance? If you lose it, all someone would see is some pretty pictures - only you know what's in it.

   
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Might be useful for tracking down leaks: issue seemingly identical confidential documents to ten different people, then if one shows up somewhere it shouldn't have, you check the steganography to find out who leaked it.

   
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You don't have to be in any kind of "underground" to find good uses for steganography. How about hiding a file with your passwords on a USB stick, for instance? If you lose it, all someone would see is some pretty pictures - only you know what's in it.
So you are right. And probably more uses would come to light on thinking about it. So what is good software? Here’s a link to some freeware -- but what would I download with it, that I don’t know about?

Actually, I am part of a worldwide movement that has underground factions in Vietnam and China. I wouldn’t know how to contact them, but I would converse with them if I could do something positive on their behalf – if they spoke English, as I’ve always had reservations about using interpreters, but maybe, I should get over that. But already some company from China was trying to break into my computer for a couple weeks for some reason.

Overall, maybe I should take a look at this stuff just to see what it really is.

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So you are right. And probably more uses would come to light on thinking about it. So what is good software? Here’s a link to some freeware -- but what would I download with it, that I don’t know about?
I always look for a link to the author's own webpage - go right to the source. Some even publish MD5 hashes so you can check the file you download hasn't been tampered with. And then, when you've installed it, you can run anti-virus, anti-ad and anti-spyware on it. To be even more secure you could install on a virtual machine.

In my search for security software for my USB "nerd-on-stick" little project I came across several steganography programs, but haven't downloaded (let alone tested) any one of them yet. (If you want links, let me know - I think I noted a few.)

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Actually, I am part of a worldwide movement that has underground factions in Vietnam and China. I wouldn’t know how to contact them, but I would converse with them if I could do something positive on their behalf – if they spoke English, as I’ve always had reservations about using interpreters, but maybe, I should get over that.
My personal experience is that many people both in Vietnam and in China speak English now though the percentage varies by region. You could try Skype - both phone conversations and (text) chat are encrypted, something I know is appreciated by quite a few people in China.

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Seriously? Care to give us some details on what happened?

   
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Seriously? Care to give us some details on what happened?
Recently, for about a two week period my firewall indicated blocking repeated attempts to enter my computer, all from the same IP address. I looked up the address, and it was a company in China. It had the word "Communications" in the name, but I don't remember now the full name. Then, it just stopped happening. Maybe, they got in. If so, they must have learned many things about the Bible, but there's virtually no personal information on any computer I have that goes on line.

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Recently, for about a two week period my firewall indicated blocking repeated attempts to enter my computer, all from the same IP address. I looked up the address, and it was a company in China. It had the word "Communications" in the name, but I don't remember now the full name.
That "Communications" might have been just an ISP...

   
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