Re: steganography (and bin Laden)

From: Louis Newstrom (
Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 21:30:02 MDT

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> Why would they send messages using a cover picture which carries the
> death penalty to possess though? That doesn't make much sense to me.

It does NOT carry the death penalty in the USA or other countries where the
recipients are. Also, many terrorists would already face the death penalty
for murder. Why would they care about the death penalty for pornography?

> You'd think sending pictures of Uncle Omar's new car would be a more
sensible way to hide your traffic.

Not really. There are many reasons that a pornographic picture is more
useful than Uncle Omar's car.

A porn site is set up to hide the sender's identity. A non-porn site (like
AOL) will probably not protect the sender's identity.

Tens of thousands of people will download the porn picture, making finding
the recipient difficult. Only one person would download Uncle Omar's car.

Louis Newstrom

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