The mainstream press is full of discussion for a new program, Haystack, developed by a guy name Austin Heap and sponsored by the Censorship Research Center as a new kind of secure proxy. See for some information.

As described, the program relies on some kind of steganography to hide encrypted connections inside of connections to "approved" sites. It was specifically designed to help Iranian dissidents maintain connections in the face of active government efforts to locate and block proxies and Tor entry and exit nodes.

A Google search reveals absolutely no technical information about exactly what Haystack does or now it does it. The program is available on multiple platforms but is closed source - the FAQ linked to above discusses this, citing fears that making the source available would help censors.

Anyone know anything more about what Haystack is actually doing?

                                                        -- Jerry

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