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FC: Feds complain about Osama bin Laden using crypto, stego
From: Declan McCullagh <declan () well com>
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 16:03:11 -0500

I was out of the office today (speaking with other reporters at a Cable and Wireless event, then running around) and just got back. Many folks forwarded me this news -- thank you, folks -- and the below message is the most complete.

The article that sparked the fuss, by Jack Kelly of USA Today:

WASHINGTON — Hidden in the X-rated pictures on several pornographic Web sites and the posted comments on sports chat rooms may lie the encrypted blueprints of the next terrorist attack against the United States or its allies. It sounds farfetched, but U.S. officials and experts say it's the latest method of communication being used by Osama bin Laden and his associates to outfox law enforcement.

That seems to be a reference to stegonography applications.


Some history:



Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 14:39:11 -0600
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Subject: fnords rampant in coverage of bin Laden's crypto usage
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"Uncrackable encryption is allowing terrorists — Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaida
and others — to communicate about their criminal intentions without fear of outside intrusion," FBI Director Louis Freeh said last March during closed-door testimony on terrorism before a Senate panel. "They're thwarting the efforts of law enforcement to detect, prevent and investigate illegal

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technology/AP-Terrorists-Internet.html ,
``To a greater and greater degree, terrorist groups, including Hezbollah,
          Hamas and bin Laden's al Qaida group, are using computerized files,
e-mail and encryption to support their operations,'' CIA Director George
          Tenet wrote last March to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Reuters via wired http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,41650,00.html
"We will use whatever tools we can -- e-mails, the Internet -- to
facilitate jihad against the (Israeli) occupiers and their supporters," the paper quoted Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the founder of the militant Muslim group Hamas, as saying in a recent interview in the Gaza
                         Strip. "We have the best minds working with us."

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