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SCOPES: steganography with compression using permutation search
Author(s): Sahar Boorboor; Behrouz Zolfaghari; Saadat Pour Mozafari
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Paper Abstract

LSB (Least Significant Bit) is a widely used method for image steganography, which hides the secret message as a bit stream in LSBs of pixel bytes in the cover image. This paper proposes a variant of LSB named SCOPES that encodes and compresses the secret message while being hidden through storing addresses instead of message bytes. Reducing the length of the stored message improves the storage capacity and makes the stego image visually less suspicious to the third party. The main idea behind the SCOPES approach is dividing the message into 3-character segments, seeking each segment in the cover image and storing the address of the position containing the segment instead of the segment itself. In this approach, every permutation of the 3 bytes (if found) can be stored along with some extra bits indicating the permutation. In some rare cases the segment may not be found in the image and this can cause the message to be expanded by some overhead bits2 instead of being compressed. But experimental results show that SCOPES performs overlay better than traditional LSB even in the worst cases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8285, International Conference on Graphic and Image Processing (ICGIP 2011), 82855N (1 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.913431
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Sahar Boorboor, Islamic Azad Univ. (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Behrouz Zolfaghari, AmirKabir Univ. of Technology (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Saadat Pour Mozafari, AmirKabir Univ. of Technology (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8285:
International Conference on Graphic and Image Processing (ICGIP 2011)
Yi Xie; Yanjun Zheng, Editor(s)

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