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    Maybe Facebook doesn’t know everything. A new tool lets anyone using Google’s Chrome internet browser embed secret messages in photos uploaded to the sprawling social network, keeping them out of reach of outsiders, including governments and Facebook itself.

    WASHINGTON, April 10 (RIA Novosti) - Maybe Facebook doesn’t know everything. A new tool lets anyone using Google’s Chrome internet browser embed secret messages in photos uploaded to the sprawling social network, keeping them out of reach of outsiders, including governments and Facebook itself.

    Say hello to Secretbook, a browser extension created by a 21-year-old Oxford University computer science student and former Google intern that uses complex algorithms to hide text messages in the digital data of photographs on Facebook that can be unlocked only with a password created by the user.

    “The goal of this research was to demonstrate that JPEG steganography can be performed on social media where it has previously been impossible,” the tool’s creator, Owen-Campbell Moore, told Wired magazine’s Danger Room security website.

    Check here for more detail on this social network encryption breakthrough.

     

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