A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER AND CEO -
Don't be alarmed by the scary gif. It's a fake warning but it does show what a word doc can do. Click on the image or this link and open the docx file in MS Word.
It will display the scary warning image and at the same time be logged on my website with your IP address. I will take a look at my IP log and post results in a day or two - blacking out the actual IP addresses. This is one of those fun features of Windows MS Word - embed an image or data from the Internet and bam - I know you touched it.
The CIA has a secret version that does something similar called Scribbles. Basically, it is a special tool to "watermark" word documents with randomized images so when you open them - they "beacon" back home to Langley that you have opened the document. The idea is the CIA can put up nice little honey pot documents internally or on a "target" system and when the bad guys open it - they know it. If you are a bad guy and you give it to your pals in Beijing or Moscow - once they open the document - bam they know it, they know where it came from and they know who leaked it.
You can find Scribbles here at Wikileaks including the Visual Basic source code.
Of course, the CIA tells Scribbles users that any site they use and the home base for the beacon to transmit to must be a good cover. It also notes here that if you use a non-Microsoft product such as LibreOffice - you might actually see the Scribbles watermark and the home base URL.
The CIA does track each watermark with a log file. The manual is quite clear - don't put the software or the log file on the "target" machine - otherwise the bad guy might find out you are tracking him.
CHARLES R. SMITH
CEO FOUNDER OF SOFTWAR INC.
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