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Digital Steganography Pelin Gul Sankar Das. Outline What is Steganography? Uses of Steganography Its Relation to Cryptography Digital Watermarking Network

Jan 28, 2016



  • Digital SteganographyPelin GulSankar Das

  • OutlineWhat is Steganography?Uses of SteganographyIts Relation to CryptographyDigital WatermarkingNetwork Security and SteganographyTypes of SteganographyDetecting Steganography: SteganalysisFuture of Steganography

  • What is Steganography?Origin of the term: steganos: secret graphy: writing

  • History of SteganographySteganography in Ancient Greece Ancient Rome - 1499, Steganographia, the first book about steganographyWorld War II Germany - microdotsModern Steganography - 1985, with the development of personal computersDigital Steganography with internet ( watermarking)

  • Uses of SteganographyGovernments

    Businesses: Digital Watermarking


  • Steganography & CryptographySteganography and Cryptography are closely related The difference is in their goals...Cryptography: although encypted and unreadable, the existence of data is not hiddenSteganography: no knowledge of the existence of the data Steganography and Cryptography can be used together to produce better protection

  • Digital Watermarking

    Image painted with the watermark: Invisible Man 1997, Neil F. Johnson

  • Digital WatermarkingUsed primarily for identification Embedding a unique piece of information within a medium (typically an image) without noticeably altering the mediumAlmost impossible to remove without seriously degrading an image

  • Digital Steganogaphy & WatermarkingDigital watermarking hides data in a file, and the act of hiding data makes it a form or steganographyThe key difference is their goals...Steganography: hiding information Watermarking: extending the file with extra informationSteganographic information must never be apparent to a viewer unaware of its presence.

  • Network Security and SteganographyConfidentiality: any unauthorized person does not know that sensitive data existsSurvivability: verifying that the data does not get destroyed in the transmissionNo detection: cannot be easily found out that the data is hidden in a given file Visibility: people cannot see any visible changes to the file in which the data is hidden

  • Types of Digital SteganographyHiding a Message inside TextHiding a Message inside ImagesMost popular techniqueHiding a Message inside Audio and Video Files

  • Hiding a Message inside TextPartially effectiverandoM capitalosis is a rarE disEase ofTencontrAcTed by careless inTernet users. tHis sadillnEss causes the aFfected peRsON To randomlycapitalize letters in a bOdy oF texT. pleasedo not confuse this disease witH a blatant attEmpt aT steganogRAPhy.


  • Hiding a Message inside Text

    First-letter algorithm Every n-th characterAltering the amount of whitespaceUsing a publicly available cover source

  • Hiding a Message inside ImagesThe most popular medium!

    Least-significant bit (LSB) modifications24-bit vs. 8-bit imagesTools to implement LSB: EzStego and S-ToolsMasking and Filtering Algorithms and Transformations

  • Hiding an Image within an ImageRemoving all but the two least significant bits of each color component produces an almost completely black image. Making that image 85 times brighter produces the image below


  • Hiding a Message inside Audio or Videos FilesAdvantagesHuman limitations 20.000 Hz.Large amount of data that can be hidden insideHard to recognize because of because of the continuous flow of information (moving stream of images and sound)

  • SteganalysisDetecting and decoding the hidden data within a given medium Even if secret content is not revealed, modifying the cover medium changes the mediums statistical propertiesDistributed Dictionary Attack

  • Future of SteganographyThe most important use of steganographic techniques will probably lie in the field of digital watermarking Might become limited under laws - governments claimed that criminals use steganography to communicate ...the End