Three Tier Enhanced Security in Image Steganography

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Steganography, derived from Greek, roughly translated as “cover writing.” It is a “hide and seek” system that embeds hidden information in unremarkable cover media so as not to arouse an eavesdropper’s suspicion except the intended recipient. Embedding a message into an image requires two files. The first is the innocent-looking image that will hold the hidden information, called the cover image. The second file is the message—the information to be hidden. The hiding system needs a host file, a prepared message file, and an optional key to insert the message into the host for creating a cover host. The seek system operates in reverse. To extract the hidden message it takes a covert host and an optional key as input. Steganography plays the central role in secret message communication. Various images and video formats can be used as host as these files can hide huge amount of data without perceptible impact on the carriers. The extent of host covertness depends on the capabilities of the perceived threat. This entry focuses on the use of encryption in conjunction with randomization and cryptography for steganography and discusses the various methods of message concealment in digital images. This makes the attack almost impossible as the hidden data masquerades as random data throughout the image. Encryption is a way of encoding the data or putting the data through a cipher by using a key or password. Cryptography is the process of hiding data.

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  • ABOUT THE ENTRANT

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    Dinku Adale
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    Current Cybersecurity problem is causing great impact on the privacy of the people's lives, tremendous economic damage, terrorist attack, etc.Encryption of the secrete information is only one of the solutions for privacy though not reliable. Likewise, hiding the secrete information in the form of text, picture, video or audio is not enough to prevent the attack. Hence, for secured, reliable and robust information exchange 4 tier security design is the best solution.
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    video/audio images
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    C++, encryption algorithm, video/audio data
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