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Back in the days of the Cold War, spies found ingenious and unusual ways to communicate with each other, hiding their communications in plain sight, whether encrypted or not. For instance, an intelligence agent (spy) might contact his case officer (handler) by placing an ad in the personals section of the local newspaper. This practice, it seems, continues today.
On or around May 8, the following personal ad appeared on the Internet classified ad site Craigslist. (It has since been removed.)
For mein fraulein
Mein Fraulein, I haven’t heard from you in a while. Won’t you
call me? 212 //// 796 //// 0735
If you actually called the number, up until a couple of days ago you would have heard this prerecorded message (MP3). It’s a head scratcher to keep you National Security Agency analysts occupied in your spare time. Each block of numbers is repeated twice; but below I have transcribed them only once for clarity.
01305 60510 12079 04606 50100
93000 08203 90130 94069 01207...