Fake Documents

After the Wikileaks scandal, the Department of Defense is using a new software that generates fake documents that send an alert when they are opened. This would allow the DoD to provide misinformation but also to potentially see who opened the file and where they are.

Unfortuneatly, there seems to be a few ways around this techonlogy. You can disconnect your computer from the Internet before you open files, but this can be averted by requireing the document to authenticate and alert before the contents are visible to the user. Once you have access to the contents, you could easily take screenshots of the information and delete the original.

For more info, see: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2011/11/fake_documents.html


4 thoughts on “Fake Documents

  1. It’s an interesting idea. I would like to know what filetypes would be vulnerable to such things. I’m sure it could be done with macros on MS office based applications, but those things require permission to work.

    • That is a very good point that I would like to know as well. Possibly PDF filetypes just based on the recent exploits and exploit development for it.

  2. Wouldn’t this be a great way to protect your own files? If a hacker gets a hold of your files you might be able to know who is looking at it.

  3. yeah it would be great if you could actually use this on your personal network as a sort of trap.

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