What's A Numbers Station?
Numbers stations are powerful mysterious shortwave radio stations which transmit
encrypted messages around the world. Their broadcasts tend to feature a
pre-recorded voice reciting numbers over and over. While nobody knows
what the stations are saying, it is surmised that they are used by
governments to send encrypted messages to spies abroad. The stations are often
given fun names by fans, such as
" which are named for the songs that play before the
Octagon 8 encrypts its messages using a technique called the
"One Time Pad
technique is the first encryption method that is provably unbreakable
when used correctly.
What Is She Saying?
Different numbers stations have different formats. The broadcasts
generated by Octagon 8 follow a specific format:
- "Octagon" - All broadcasts begin with the word "Octagon" spoken
three times. This allows the user to identify the broadcastas coming
from the Octagon 8 system.
- The next number identifies which page to use from the code book.
- The rest of the numbers contain the encoded broadcast.