Hey Hillary, with this tool you’ll know who leaks your e-mails
Information leakage is a huge problem and there’s nothing we can do about it. Whenever you send a confidential message to a group of people, there’s always a risk someone will leak it — and you’ll probably never know who.
With the Clintool, a Google Chrome extension I developed, this will soon be over. Whenever you send a confidential e-mail through Gmail, you will now be able to add a hidden watermark to each letter that includes the e-mail address of the recipient. Whenever someone leaks a part confidential e-mail, or even a single letter, it takes only two clicks to discover who. Ain’t that cool?
Whenever someone leaks a part confidential e-mail, or even a single letter, it takes only two clicks to discover who.
The best thing about this technique is that you can also hide literally anything in a piece of text. An e-book author can opt to hide the IP address of every reader in the book itself, so whenever a copy leaks, the identity of the author will leak as well. It’s also amusing to encode text messages and send the result to others over social media. Using the website https://marypoppit.com, you try this yourself!
An e-book author can opt to hide the IP address of every reader in the book itself, so whenever a copy leaks, the identity of the author will leak as well.
For example, this sentence secretly contains a cute picture of a sloth. Don’t believe me? Unpack it at https://marypoppit.com/#unpack
For those too lazy to check the demo — I made a quick GIF:
[NERDALERT] Wanna know how it works?
Every single character on your keyboard represents a number. Electronic devices have a list of these numbers with their corresponding characters — this is called a character set. While there are only 26 letters, there are way more numbers in most character sets: these numbers correspond to anything from capital letters to special symbols to even emojis. Some of these numbers only serve a functional purpose and do not have any visual form. For example, some of them indicate word boundaries. None of these are visible, even though they are there!
Mary Poppit makes use of these invisible characters by converting sequence of visible characters to a much longer series of invisible characters. The encoded, invisible result is then injected into the original string and can be decoded at any given time back into its original form.
Let’s take the string AC with a “B” hidden in the middle. If you would copy AC into a letter counter, it will count 12 characters instead of 2. This is because a computer does not see the difference between visible and invisible characters. But you do. Let’s replace the invisible characters in the string above with 0, 1 and 2:
A2010000102C As you can see, this tool actually makes the text longer while making the visible part shorter. That’s why Test won’t fit in a single tweet (actually, it contains 36350 characters and includes a picture of a cute sloth!).
In a GIF:
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