Archive for February 13th, 2009

Friday FOIA Lack-of-Fun

A reader recently sent me a copy of what must be one of the most ridiculous FOIA denials I’ve ever seen, which is saying something. What’s perhaps most surprising is that it’s not from one of “the usual suspects” for bad FOIA-processing performance, but from the State Department:
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Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General | on February 13th, 2009 | Comments Off on Friday FOIA Lack-of-Fun

Clandestine Message Passing in Virtual Environments

I’ve been interested, though not very seriously, in steganography for years, since first stumbling across the term in the early 1990s. In my mind, it’s always been of little more than academic interest, but Uncle Sam feels differently. There are repeated allegations – though precious little in the way of actual evidence, that I’m aware of – that “terrorists” are using, or merely could be using, steganography to pass messages. The typical idea usually involves hiding hidden messages in a graphic file on a website, and I’ve even heard, over the years, speculation (allegations?) that one or more parts of “the government” are “spidering” the web, looking for image files which contain hidden secrets. I can’t say whether that’s true or not, and I can’t really see the point to it, either.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on February 13th, 2009 | Comments Off on Clandestine Message Passing in Virtual Environments