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Hiding in Plain Sight: Steganography and the Art of Covert Communication

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Steganography and the Art of Covert Communication

Eric Cole
Hiding in Plain Sight: Steganography and the Art of Covert Communication
Wiley | ISBN: 0471444499 | 2003 | 360 pages | PDF | 6.3 MB

These days, encryption of confidential data and communications is an increasingly important part of doing business. But steganography can take data confidentiality to a whole new level, since it hides encrypted messages in ordinary-looking data files, making the very existence of the messages practically undetectable. Although steganography is not a new field and has played a critical part in secret communication throughout history, few people understand exactly how it works today. This detailed, practical guide changes that–whether your goal is to add an extra level of security to business or government communications or to detect and counter steganography when it’s used by criminals or terrorists.

By teaching you how to protect your vital data and detect information attacks against networks, Cole aims to expose security threats so you can take action to minimize the damage going forward. He explores such topics as:

*The basics of cryptography and digital water- marking, two companion technologies that are often used in concert with steganography
*Who is using steganography and some of the ethical and legal challenges our society faces when privacy and security collide
*The nuts and bolts of using steganography tools and transmitting hidden data over networks
*Methods you can use to crack steganography and cryptography
*"Steganography in Action Stories"–fictionalized versions of the kind of secret communication scenarios Cole observed during his years working for the CIA and as a security consultant
*Ideas for keeping your own communications secure
*Where steganography is headed in the future