I’ve been interested in numbers stations for awhile now (and yes I still listen to the Conet Project set), but the whole numbers/spy station saga has taken an unusual, but perhaps not unexpected direction.
A numbers station has been found, only by telephone. Quoting from this thread on the Spooks list…
Anyway, what I found sounds like a numbers station, only it’s by phone. I ran across it on craigslist of all places (actually, a friend of mine found it and passed it on to me). Can anyone verify what this is? The post in question is at
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/mis/158815074.html ; I’ll reproduce the text below in case it gets pulled.
Subject: For mein fraulein
Message: Mein Fraulein, I haven't heard from you in a while. Won't you
call me? 212 //// 796 //// 0735
The message at that number runs for around seven minutes and I’m at work so can’t grab audio of it; it starts and ends with music and reads off a bunch of numbers in groups. The voices reading the numbers sound like – well, imagine the stereotypical ransom note cut out from letters in the newspaper glued together. Anyway, if someone could check it out and let me know what they think (or point me to somewhere to ask the question) I’d appreciate it.
Later on in the thread, a poster caught the entire message.
Grp 415, male, non-accented english, recorded
01305 60510 17079 04606 50100
93000 08203 90130 94069 01207
81080 17028 07906 90220 73038
01401 70150 15073 00402 00680
12013 12510 00540 04091 01401
30150 86022 09608 10660 02082
05507 00020 00000 02208 30290
08022 01200 40710 13065 02709
40190 29014 02200 80020 11083
07300 30260 19000 00700 00000
Same lead-in music, both as an intro and out-tro
Would be interesting to watch the number for a series of days and see if the message changes any…
One thing I notice in the message is that every 5FG has a zero in it…
A mp3 of the call can be found here and here. Like Homeland Stupidity, I was tipped off to the number via 2600’s Off The Hook and the resulting army of telco hackers and phreakers tracked down the number to a pre-paid VoIP account from RNK Telecom (which has now been drained). The hacker army has also tracked down a second numbers phone, this time in the 415 area code.
It’s not surprising that the logistically awkward and noticeable combination of shortwave transmission can be superseded by a low cost short-term Craigslist/prepaid phone account combo. It’s a damn site easier to set-up, especially with easy internet access and availably of stolen information.
Watch it be a promotional scam for The DaVinci Code or something.