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The use of steganography by terrorists for the communication of ...

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Ajouté le : 21 juillet 2011
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PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
Steganos responds to the current demands for a
ban on cryptography and steganography
Following the atrocious terrorist attacks in the USA, methods of encryption, in particular
steganography, have become the focus of criticism in the media as well as in political,
police and military circles. Terrorist Osama bin Laden, sought by authorities worldwide,
is said to have been using steganography software to coordinate terrorist attacks.
FRANKFURT/MAIN, 20. September 2001 – The brutal attacks on the World Trade
Center have profoundly shocked the world. Even before 11 September, it was
known that terrorists such as Osama bin Laden had been using steganography for
secret communications with one another. Since the terrible attacks of 11
September there has been an increased number of calls from different quarters for
a ban on digital cryptography and steganography products. Steganos as the
worldwide market leader in steganographic software has also been subject to
criticism and would like to take the opportunity herewith of stating its position on
the possible misuse of its products for the perpetration of criminal acts.
The use of steganography by terrorists for the communication of secret data
According to reports in USA Today (19.06.2001) US sources had already confirmed
that the terrorist Osama bin Laden had been using steganographic software. Through its
combination of encryption and invisibility of the encrypted data, steganography offers
complete protection from data espionage. With steganography, messages can be
hidden in image or sound files before being sent. Bin Laden is said to have hidden
information in the pictures of a pornographic internet web page and in the messages in
a sports chat room.
The position of Steganos
As Steganos Security Suite is the worldwide market leader in the field of steganography,
it cannot be ruled out that this software was used in conjunction with the recent
attacks. Steganos would therefore like to make the following statement. Fabian
Hansmann (Managing Director of Steganos): “As the manufacturers of security software
we would like to disassociate ourselves absolutely from each and every criminal misuse
of our software. Like all other peace-loving people we severely condemn the terrorist
attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and are deeply dismayed at the
thought of any possible usage of our products in this connection. Our software is
conceived as a tool for protecting such basic rights as privacy and freedom of speech.
Ever since the inception of our business we have strictly and exactly adhered to the
export regulations of the Federal Government. We do not supply Afghanistan – and 28
other countries – with encryption products and have not done so in the past.”
No sense in banning encryption
Hansmann continues: “Our software is used by private individuals, companies and
public offices who have a justifiable interest in the protection of their data. Every person
has a right to privacy and freedom of speech. In a number of states these rights are
denied and human rights trampled upon. Steganography can effectively help to protect
the given right of freedom of opinion. The uncovering of certain information could in
itself become a threat to life; such information can now be freely exchanged. Due to
the worldwide distribution of our software among well over one million users, a
criminal misuse in individual cases cannot be completely excluded, despite all
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