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Application turns encrypted messages into story-style text
Dutch company Ai Applied releases Nonopticon, an online encryption application that secures messaging by turning it into inconspicuous story-style media content.
"Normally, message encryption schemes produce a so called ´digest´, which, when you look at it, is just weird numbers and letters. Although secure, it is also a giveaway that you are communicating sensitive messages in secret if anyone is monitoring you," says Bruno Jakić, co-creator of Nonopticon. “Nonopticon, on the other hand, allows users to turn their secret messages into something that looks like normal text, a story in any language, while encrypting and securing their messages in the background.”
Nonopticon allows users to enter their messages in a browser window, performing encryption locally. Based on the encrypted message digest, a story is generated using a "masking book." Masking books are based on actual digital books, news or other texts, and they create a story from the encrypted message which resembles the original content.
The result is a human-readable story, so the users can hide their encrypted and masked messages in plain sight, on social media, forums, websites, e-mails etc. without raising much suspicion of those who may be watching. Only the intended recipient of the message knows that it is actually a secret message and how to read it.
Future developments include integrating Nonopticon’s approach into already existing products such as e-mail clients, so that it is used by default and without user intervention.
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