The other day I was teaching a small group of students about covert communications, especially after we learned about the massive amount of metadata the government has been allowing the NSA to accumulate secretly. My students asked how could they secretly communicate without using a cell or landline phone and then one of them mentioned about the new Dead Drop activity that is hitting the electronic arena (more on that in a moment). But what I started to show them was another “old school” method called the “Dead Drop” using a metal spike I picked up at a gun show not too long ago.
What I did was give a specified location to the students on where to locate the Dead drop and once they found it, there would be details on the rest of the training session(a great orienteering and evasion course) Now of course this would not work in an urban environment, right? Wrong, of course it does there is always a way to set up a dead drop for passing information along to your group. Example: a metal box secured under a payphone, a key holder under a tire wheel well, a fake bolt, fake coin etc. There are hundreds of ways to set this type of communication transfer up.
Alright a new Dead Drop that has hit the scene is one where someone is sharing electronic files with oters by placing a memory stick into a wall or crack. All you have to do is come up and download what you need onto your laptop or tablet and off you go!
Check out this one: Very cool method to share files and even better if you encrypt it so that only those who have the encryption key can view or extract the information.
Alright Ninja Fans, more information for you to add to your practice and training!