Photoshop on “Sleeper Cell”

Sleeper Cell

Over the last few days the PVR at home has recorded the latest episodes of Sleeper Cell on Showtime. For those of you who have not heard about it: the show is about a terrorist sleeper cell in the US which has been infiltrated by an FBI agent. You get to know the individuals and their motives why they have decided to become terrorists. This is not your run-of-the-mill CSI-type show, but an interesting concept that tries to provides inside into the terrorists minds.

Anyway, so yesterday I watched one of the episodes when it struck me how far Photoshop has come: During one of the episodes the sleeper cell members get information on how to receive further instructions for the upcoming big-bang. They are supposed to look for a certain auction on ebay for a rug, download the image associated with the auction, revert thorugh the “liquify” filter in photoshop to retrieve the password that allows them access to a secure web site on the internet. I kid you not.

2 Responses to Photoshop on “Sleeper Cell”

  1. Armand says:

    Actually, the process of hiding information within another piece of information (text, image, sound) is called steganography – it’s the same principle used by watermark programs such as Digimark. Sure, using the liquify filter is just the usual dumbing-down for the audience, but the concept is pretty old.

  2. Armand – thanks for your comment. I am aware of steganography, I was just surprised to hear the words “photoshop”, “liquify” and “filter” on a prime-time tv show in this context.