FWD [forteana] [More steganography] Hidden web codes could be linked to Bin Laden

From: Terry W. Colvin (fortean1@mindspring.com)
Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 14:20:38 MDT

Is there visual noise in photos similar to communications circuits always
transmitting and receiving?


< http://www.guardian.co.uk/waronterror/story/0,1361,566942,00.html >
Hidden web codes could be linked to Bin Laden

Owen Gibson
Wednesday October 10, 2001

A British communications firm has been helping the FBI to decode messages on
the web which may be linked to Osama bin Laden.
It emerged today that the Glasgow-based technology firm Iomart has been
working with US authorities since the terror attacks on September 11.
Bin Laden is suspected of using a process known as steganography to hide
encrypted messages in normal internet images and music files, which can be
uncovered by breaking down the images to their constituent parts.
In the month since the attacks took place, Iomart has discovered hundreds of
such files, many containing Arabic dates and names, which could be linked to
the attacks. All such files are being passed over to US authorities for
further investigation.
Many of the coded messages are hidden in pornographic images or MP3 music
files and would remain undetected if not subjected to Iomart's database of
"It is an ongoing process and we are still helping track messages which may
have links to al-Qaida. It is well known that the internet is a means of
communication for terrorist networks," said Iomart spokesman Phil Worms.
"Our sophisticated system does not just look at the image but it looks at
what makes up the image to uncover the steganography," he added.
The database was developed by Actis Technologies, which was acquired by
Iomart three years ago.
Actis founder Stephen Whitelaw is recognised as an expert in the field and
has often been called upon to trace hidden information on the web.

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