The Mysterious “Numbers Stations”
Posted by bmac on September 18, 2007
Something to really creep you out:
For more than 30 years the Shortwave radio spectrum has been used by the worlds
intelligence agencies to transmit secret messages. These messages are
transmitted by hundreds of “Numbers Stations”.
Shortwave Numbers Stations are a perfect method of anonymous, one way
communication. Spies located anywhere in the world can be communicated to by
their masters via small, locally available, and unmodified Shortwave receivers.
The encryption system used by Numbers Stations, known as a “one time pad” is
unbreakable. Combine this with the fact that it is almost impossible to track
down the message recipients once they are inserted into the enemy country, it
becomes clear just how powerful the Numbers Station system is.
These messages are super-creepy to listen to. I dare you to listen to a few at night, alone.
Try this one. Or this. Or the creepiest one here. Let the last one play for at least 2 minutes, till you hear the little girls voice. With the light off. If you’re man enough.
These stations use very rigid schedules, and transmit in many different
languages, employing male and female voices repeating strings of numbers or
phonetic letters day and night, all year round.
Drug traffickers also use these things. Fascinating stuff.