Monday, June 18, 2012

Cipher Devices

Cipher Devices

 Cipher Devices are designed to make codes unreadable to anyone but the person meant to receive it. This is usually done by switching letters and numbers with other letters to making it look like a jumbled up mess of letters and numbers to anyone who reads it.
In 1934, a man named Boris Hegelian invented a cipher machine for the french secret service. During World War II, over 14,000 of the machines were made for the U.S.
Today, cipher devices are still being used. The most simple one used is made of two wheels, one inside another.
Others are more complicated, using 25 or more whhiles to make a cipher.

Invisible Ink Pen

Invisible Ink Pen
When you want to send a spy report without the enemy reading it you write in code. But if someone discovered the code, it will be pretty suspicious. If you want to write something that the enemy will not read, invisible ink is the way to go.
Invisible ink has been used for almost a century. It was first used by the Romans. It was made from milk of the thithymallus plant. In the Revolutionary war, they used sulfate and water to create invisible ink. Some wrote in lemon juice or vinegar. Today we use invisible ink that can be read under a blacklight.
Invisible ink is often written between the lines of letters, notes, and even music sheets. But people are always thinking of new ways to write with invisible ink. In world war I, a woman was discovered carrying an invisible ink message on her back! Once, invisible in was found written on the petals of a flower.
You can make your own invisible ink too.

Concealment devices

Concealment devices
A spy does not simply snap pictures of the enemy with their camera or carry their assassination weapon out in the open. They do not pass along secret codes as if they were simple pieces of paper. They hide them, conceal them. They do this depending on where they are and what they want to do.
For example, If you were working undercover in an office and you wanted to snap a picture of the man in charge without him knowing you would hide a camera in your coat button or perhaps your tie.
Spies have been using concealed cameras, codes, and weapons for a very long time. They have been using concealment devices for as far back as World War I when the first secret message was written on the back of a button; because one of the most important things about being a spy is making sure no one knows you're a spy. One of the first concealed cameras was hidden by a button. The camera lens was hidden behind a coat button. Later spies started putting listening devices and cameras inside the buttons.
Listening devices are often called “bugs” because they are so small (and often unwanted). Their size makes them perfect for concealment. They are often hidden in pens, coins, Jewelry, and other small objects. Once a man hid a listening device penny in the pocket of a someone he planned to spy on. The problem was, he spent it before the man could listen in on anything!
Cameras are slightly harder to conceal because they have to be out in the open to take pictures and videos while listening devices can be in a pocket or even in the next room. Cameras can be hidden inside walls, stuffed animals, figurines, clocks, household plants, paintings, or anything with holes.
Spies also use concealment to hide weapons. Since they usually have to carry weapons with them, they are concealed in everyday things things that you take everywhere with you like your umbrella, lipstick, ring, or even your shoes.
In 1978 Georgi Markov criticized the Bulgarian government and was assassinated. He was jabbed in the leg by a man with an umbrella- a poison umbrella! There have been cases of poison rings, poison tea, and in World War II, bombs disguised as lumps of coal. There are even shoes with hidden blades.

Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming is the writer of the popular spy novals, James Bond. In the book, James travles the world on Top Secret missions, useing spy gadgets and cetching bad guys.
But what few people know is Ian is a spy himself.
He began working for Navel Intellagance in 1939. He worked his way to the top, taking the rank of Lieutenant and than Commander. He soon began to work with one of britians best spymasters, Admiral John Godfrey. He was sent out on many dangrous missions. Some of his writing even relates to people he's known and exsperances he's had.
He was also veary good with words, he wrote many Memos and reports. Some said that he made reports with dry boring subjects almost enjoyeble to read. 14 years after he started spying, he published his first James Bond Noval. He published many more through the next 12 years. Sadly, he died August 12, 1964 at the age of 56 due to heart failier.

Juan Pujol

Juan Pujol
Juan Pujol was a man with no spying experience. He did not like the war and he wanted to do something about it. In World War II he offered to work as a spy for the British but was turned down. So he went to German counter intelligence . They recruited him right away. He told them he had set up a successful spy ring in London and that he was sending messages to Lisbon via, a courier who flew for KLM airlines. He made up names for all of the spies in his ring and stories to go along with them. They believed him.
The British, hearing this news, excepted his offer and became allies. He was taken to London were he worked with a man named Thomas Harris. Together, they made up spies and stories. They used these “spies” to feed the Germans false information. The Germans even sent the false spies of missions. Until after the war, the Germans never found out. He was even awarded an Iron Cross!

Mata Hari

Mata Hari
Margaretha Zelle is one of the most famous spies in the world. While some spies stayed hidden from the prying eyes of the enemy and collected their information in secret, others tried to lay low live among the enemy as best they could without being noticed. Margaretha had a different point of view. After she divorced her husband in 1905, she began spying for the Germans during World War I. She took the stage name Mata Hari meaning “eye of the dawn” and“sun”. She claimed to be a princess from Java and began dancing for French officers. Her dancing was a hit with the soldiers.
No one suspected her as a spy for many reasons. After all, if she was a spy she would hide, right? She wouldn't dance for everyone to see. Plus she was a woman! She was not German, she was Dutch and part Japanese. She was only based in Germany. Sometimes the best place to hide is out in the open. Being a “princess” she lived alongside high ranking military officers. This gave her a perfect way to collect information for the Germans. The Germans paid her to spy on the French but she was never devoted to the cause. In fact, when the French offered her a position spying on the Germans, she didn't refuse. Now Margaretha was a double agent.
Not for long. Soon after she was discovered by the French and was sentenced to death. On Oct. 15, 1917, the day of the shooting, she ordered a new dress and gloves. She refused a blindfold and blew a kiss at the firing squad.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What do you think?

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Spy Books

I recommend The Maze of Bones and The Code To learn important spy skills, plus, they're just fun to read!

Mysterious Messages and The Big Book of Spy Stuff are great for learning codes and chippers.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

SPY TIP: Invisible Ink

Yes, if you wanted, you could always buy invisible ink that appears when you shine a blacklight on it. But your friend would have to get one, too so they could read it. But if you're not into spending money or, you're just plain broke, there's a cheaper way that works just as well. So, are you ready for the possibly life changing secret invisible ink formula?

It is... Lemon Juice

That's all. You could add vinegar, too, but, it would smell bad. Just paint with it on the paper and it will appear invisible until it is held over a candle. Now, I know you're not a five year old (if so, that's awesome) and this is already pretty obvious but, please, don't catch the paper on fire. If you can't use a candle you can also use a hairdryer. A hairdrier would not be so useful if you were trying to be quiet though. Spying is a dangerous business.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Morse Code

Morse Code

OK, enough with the boring spy history, let's get down to business. You've probably heard of Morse Code. It used to be a very common code but now, not many people know it. If you haven't heard of it, here it is:

It is important to have this code memorized but if you need to write it for now, you can always download the Morse code font or decode it at the Morse code decoder.

Hey, wait a minute! It's that easy to decode? Than why use it? Morse code is kind of a scribble-it-down-real-quick-and-pass-it-to-your-friends code. If you want a top-secret-burn-this-when-you-get-it code, you'll have to make it yourself. Sure, there are thousands of codes already out there that I could show you but those are known and easily decoded. How would you make your own code? It's fairly simple:


Just use a word for every letter of the alphabet “pass the notes on” would be: “yellow hi time time try elf car get math lamp car time

math get” You could also use symbols instead of words but then you can't type it up. Here are some things to remember when making and writing this code:

1.keep commonly used letters paired with shout words, you don't want to have to write “anti-disestablishment” every time you want to use an “a”

2. When finished with the code, try to avoid using words with two of the same letters next to each other like “assassination” or “kittens”. It will become much easier to code breakers to decode it.

3. try to keep things short but not to short

After you and your friends make the code, memorize that too. Tell no one.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I have been studying spies and spying for quite some time now. I have read books and done research. Now I am hoping to share this information with you.

As I start my agency, you will learn about famous spies, spy gear, and how to spy. As you may have guessed, good spies -the best spies- never get caught. Then why bother learning about them? To learn from their mistakes. You will become a better spy.

And if these spies were so bad, why are they famous? Not all of them were bad spies. In fact, most of them were really good. They may be famous for the unique way that they spied or the amount of time they were able to spy before getting caught.

An example of a good famous spy is Nathan Hale. Nathan Hale is known as America's first spy. He was discovered by the British as a spy in the Revolutionary War. He is not famous for being the first spy but for his legendary last words: “I regret that I have but only one life to lose for my country”.

But is that all? He lived, spied on the British and died? What was he doing? What was he trying to learn about the British? At the battle of long Island, he volunteered to monitor the British from behind enemy line. He got as far as New York before he was tricked into revealing himself and was captured. He was taken to 66th St. where he was hanged.