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An artificial neural network for wavelet steganalysis
Author(s): Jennifer Davidson; Clifford Bergman; Eric Bartlett
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Paper Abstract

Hiding messages in image data, called steganography, is used for both legal and illicit purposes. The detection of hidden messages in image data stored on websites and computers, called steganalysis, is of prime importance to cyber forensics personnel. Automating the detection of hidden messages is a requirement, since the shear amount of image data stored on computers or websites makes it impossible for a person to investigate each image separately. This paper describes research on a prototype software system that automatically classifies an image as having hidden information or not, using a sophisticated artificial neural network (ANN) system. An ANN software package, the ISU ACL NetWorks Toolkit, is trained on a selection of image features that distinguish between stego and nonstego images. The novelty of this ANN is that it is a blind classifier that gives more accurate results than previous systems. It can detect messages hidden using a variety of different types of embedding algorithms. A Graphical User Interface (GUI) combines the ANN, feature selection, and embedding algorithms into a prototype software package that is not currently available to the cyber forensics community.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5916, Mathematical Methods in Pattern and Image Analysis, 59160D (30 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.615280
Show Author Affiliations
Jennifer Davidson, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Clifford Bergman, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Eric Bartlett, Iowa State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5916:
Mathematical Methods in Pattern and Image Analysis
Jaakko T. Astola; Ioan Tabus; Junior Barrera, Editor(s)

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