Securing data transfer in a rogue state
I've always been curious as to be below question
If you really want to draw attention to yourself look into encrypted tunnels.
Just me (Sir to you)
Look into steganography. that way you can do all your datatransfer and just look like any other porn addict to the outside world.
Just me (Sir to you)
Nope, I'm an expat in China.
The problem is that after you encrypt everything, an authoritarian state can still do two things to you: 1) surprise confiscation of your data; 2) depriving you of internet access.
It may also be illegal to encrypt you files. With laws like that a state can get you to look like a criminal for even thinking about using encryption. It also helps any state make the case that trying to get the password out of you by interrigation is justified. So if you have to disappear from the face of the earth because PGP, to them it's just a cost of doing business.
Steganography is basically one of the cipher high arts, the militaries are much better at doing this right than the civies. Meaning, they are more likely able to determine: 1. Someone hid something in this jpeg; 2. What it says or what method of Steganography was utilized. There are no commonly used libraries in the civie world that helps everyday joe evade detection of secret communication, and there more little peer review is done by the steganography experts in the civic world. In that kind of environment you dont' really want to play around with it if it's illegal in your country, you'll get in trouble for treason and other crap if you are being detected and they'll just claim you are very suspicious because not only do you encrypt your data you also try to hide the fact you are trying to send secret messages.
In all honesty, i dont have anything to hide, I can't get good news access here. Even the bbc online is banned. How can a Brit live without his bbc :)
The chinese are more efficient and more paranoid than the Saudis, but even so I doubt if you will have any problem. If your friend emails you the stuff you're fine. - just zip it. It's the Chinese they want to stop seeing the BBC not you.
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Sounds like your buddy should put up a relay proxy like Bypass or officesurfer (plug - http://badblue.com/helpofs.htm - /plug). A relay proxy can help disguise URL's you're surfing to and serve up pages as if you're browsing from the proxy box and not your own restricted system.
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