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Security of spread-spectrum-based data hiding
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents an information-theoretic analysis of security for data hiding methods based on spread spectrum. The security is quantified by means of the mutual information between the observed watermarked signals and the secret carrier (a.k.a. spreading vector) that conveys the watermark, a measure that can be used to bound the number of observations needed to estimate the carrier up to a certain accuracy. The main results of this paper permit to establish fundamental security limits for this kind of methods and to draw conclusions about the tradeoffs between robustness and security. Specifically, the impact of the dimensionality of the embedding function, the host rejection, and the embedding distortion in the security level is investigated, and in some cases explicitly quantified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6505, Security, Steganography, and Watermarking of Multimedia Contents IX, 65050F (27 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.704176
Show Author Affiliations
Luis Pérez-Freire, Univ. of Vigo (Spain)
Pierre Moulin, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Fernando Pérez-González, Univ. of Vigo (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6505:
Security, Steganography, and Watermarking of Multimedia Contents IX
Edward J. Delp; Ping Wah Wong, Editor(s)

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