Alleged Russian Spy Ring Mixes Old Tricks With New Tech
The art of concealing messages, known as steganography, dates back thousands of years, but these new-millenium spies shrouded their correspondences under a particularly modern cloak. Various researchers, including a 2008 team from the Warsaw University of Technology, have discovered steganographic methods of exchanging messages through Internet communications and networking technologies. But, according to the Justice Department, back in 2005, these alleged spies received instructions via "wholly unremarkable photos" that actually contained secret, "readable text files" -- on public websites.
As the investigation progresses, the dialogue between U.S. and Russian officials grows increasingly acrimonious, particularly from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent. Putin, who also directed the FSB Russian spy agency, labeled the actions of U.S. law enforcement as "out of control." Given the terse and heated statements (possibly giving the 'Red Dawn' re-make producers cause to wish they'd stuck with the film's original antagonists), it's certainly calming and reassuring to know that the DARPA spy hunters are hard at work, hopefully on a wolverine-bot. [From: Wired]