By Rainer Böhme

ISBN-10: 3642143121

ISBN-13: 9783642143120

ISBN-10: 364214313X

ISBN-13: 9783642143137

Steganography is the artwork and technology of hiding info in inconspicuous conceal facts in order that even the life of a mystery message is saved personal, and steganalysis is the duty of detecting mystery messages in covers. This learn monograph specializes in the position of canopy signs, the distinguishing characteristic that calls for us to regard steganography and steganalysis another way from different secrecy options. the most theoretical contribution of the booklet is an offer to constitution ways to provably safe steganography based on their implied assumptions at the limits of the adversary and at the nature of covers. one more contribution is the emphasis on facing heterogeneity in disguise distributions, an important for safety analyses. The author's paintings enhances past techniques in line with info, complexity, chance and sign processing idea, and he offers a variety of useful implications. The medical advances are supported through a survey of the classical steganography literature; a brand new inspiration for a unified terminology and notation that's maintained in the course of the publication; a severe dialogue of the implications accomplished and their barriers; and an evaluation of the potential of shifting components of this research's empirical standpoint to different domain names in info safeguard. The booklet is appropriate for researchers operating in cryptography and data safety, practitioners within the company and nationwide protection domain names, and graduate scholars focusing on multimedia defense and information hiding.

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The capacity depends on the embedding function, and may also depend on properties of the cover x(0) . 5%, or slightly less if one takes into account that each image is stored with header information which is not available for embedding. Some authors would report this as 1 bpp (bits per pixel ), where the information about the actual bit depths of each pixel has to be known from the context. Note that not all messages are maximum length, so bits per pixel is also used as a measure of capacity usage or embedding rate.

Moreover, steganographic mechanisms can be used in distributed peer-to-peer networks that allow their users to safely evade Internet censorship imposed by authoritarian states. But steganography is also a ‘dual use’ technique: it has applications in defence, more precisely in covert field communication and for hidden channels in cyber-warfare tools. So, supposedly intelligence agencies are primarily interested in steganalysis. Steganography in civilian engineering applications can help add new functionality to legacy protocols while maintaining compatibility (the security aspect is subordinated in this case) [167].

Fridrich et al. 14 This is relevant because the correct stego key cannot be found by exhaustive search if the message contains no recognisable redundancy, most likely due to prior encryption (with an independent crypto key). A two-step approach via the stego key can reduce the complexity of an exhaustive search for both stego and crypto keys from O(22 ) to O(2 +1 ) (assuming key sizes of bits each). Information-theoretic theorems on the secrecy of a message (as opposed to security ↔ detectability) in a stego system can be found in [253].

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