Monday, March 27, 2017

Morse Code - Old is New Again

Wapack Labs assesses, with high confidence, that Morse code was used to encode the planning of the recent attack in London, U.K. Researchers uncovered bad actors involved in the planning of the Westminster attack utilized Morse code within an imageboard. This was used to communicate and plan details to Khalid Masood’s WhatsApp account, three minutes before the attack. A 2014 imageboard exposes a tutorial of Morse code. This indicates Morse code use is more prevalent than realized. Morse code is now being utilized because of how difficult it can be to parse via automated means. By changing the characters used, but still following Morse code precepts, a conventional Morse code parser will not pick up on a message. This makes Morse code ideal for hiding information in plain sight, without being caught by an automated script scanning for nefarious activities.

Wapack Labs has reported on encoding in the past. An archive of related reporting can be found in the Red Sky Alliance Portal.