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October 15, 2011

The Conet Project

From Peter Savodnik's story in the October issue of Wired magazine: Most observers believe that UVB-76 is an idiosyncratic example of what's called a numbers station, used to communicate encrypted messages to spies or other agents. Typically, these stations transmit numbers in groups of five, making it impossible to detect partitions between words and sentences. The numbers can be decoded using a key in the possession of the intended listener. Numbers stations are thought to have existed since World War I, as documented by the Conet Project, a compilation of recordings that was first released in 1997. (Director Cameron Crowe, a fan of the Conet Project, used samples from it in his 2001 film "Vanilla Sky.")

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