Hide messages in images

Friday, 5 July 2002, 1:54 PM EST

The browser, created by Hacktivismo member 'The Pull', uses steganography, a method for inserting text into graphics files for viewing with companion software. The text is encrypted and can be pass-protected for an additional layer of secrecy.

The group hopes that people hobbled by official Internet censorship will be able to exchange information and opinions which might otherwise be politically risky. Since countries can use filtering and firewalling to keep their citizens from Web sites with 'objectionable' content, the idea here is to hide it in plain sight in approved venues. A discussion of human rights could be carried out under the noses of administrators and moderators on an approved Chinese BBS, for example. The local Feds would have a very difficult time stopping it.

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