Paranoid Steganography

-or- Credulous Reverse Engineering

Some old Skeleton Keys

Paranoid Steganography is an intentionally naive approach to interpreting signals and symbols.  It combines the techniques of cryptographic analysis and reverse engineering with the premise that there are secret messages everywhere.


Steganography is the cryptographic technique of hiding secret messages in seemingly innocuous cover messages.  These messages can then be sent over public or insecure channels without worrying about interception or incidental eavesdropping.  Some common implementations include text hidden in images posted to online forums or spam-like emails where each word represents an encoded character in a sentence.

A paranoid idea is an assumption of relationship between two or more phenomena that have no substantial evidence of any connection.  In this case, the paranoid steganographer takes an image, radio signal, sound recording or txt and attempts to interpret meaning.  As steganography produces seemingly harmless carrier messages in order to avoid suspicion, every innocent message must be assumed to contain potential secrets.

Possible examples


1. Displacement - Projected Fantasy:

Background is removed from first image using background subtraction or good-old cutouts.  A fantasy image is projected onto the subject by using the subject image as a displacement map and mask.

2. Temporal Displacement - Time-based Projected Motion

Use datamoshing to extract ghost images

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