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Re: (eternity) Covert Superhighway - the missing component? (fwd)

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> Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 12:41:53 GMT
> From: Adam Back <[email protected]>
> Subject: Re: (eternity) Covert Superhighway - the missing component?

> - post to random newsgroups, use textual mimic functions, send
>   decryption keys after the stegoed data has been distributed to
>   disguise data until it is too late to affect distribution

Isn't this going to increase latency and increase the likelihood of both
sureptitious attacks (I notice the request in newsgroup A and begin putting
my mitm requests in the other newsgroups - the odds being that I will get
the data and then forward to the original recipient with small changes) as
well as must plain missing the request?

> - become a spammer, or employ some spammers.  Spammers use the hit and
>   run approach with disposable accounts; with sufficient availability
>   of accounts, and the economic incentive they seem to flourish in
>   spite of intense displeasure of recipients.

Be shure to pay with cash and use an anonymous name and address. Considering
the cost of accounts this could be quite expensive. Many services do provide
the first 2 weeks free or similar features. I predict that should this model
be put into practice at a very broad level the ISP's won't give the free
trial-periods to anonymous accounts.

> - video signals: live porn shows, one on one "chat live to our model,
>   she will do anything you ask, blah, blah" -- high volume, easy
>   target for stego, plausible reasons for anonymity

Is this going to be a live model or a VR relicant? If it is a live model
then it should be relatively trivial to determine that persons
identification and location. Another question that comes up is how many
strippers are going to participate in this if they know the consequences?
It's one thing to spend the night or a few weeks in the tank, a whole nother
thing to spend years in there.

> - subliminal channels in the TCP/IP and IPSEC protocols.  Someone
>   posted a reference for an implementation of some subliminal channels
>   in the linux TCP/IP stack.

These still have to show up in the actual packets and are open to sniffer
attacks. Also, the individual packets can be traced from router to router.
Lot's of blind alleys but you'll get there eventualy.

> When people can buy a T1 to their house for 2,000/yr instead of
> 20,000, we will stand a better chance.

SWBT will currently sell T1 access to homes for as little as $214/mo. Would
you settle for $2,568/yr.? Note that this price doesn't include routing and
name resolution. I'm still (3 months later) trying to get SWBT to tell me
how much they will charge for this - they supposedly offer it but I have yet
to find an actual business office that support home delivery of service.

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