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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 19 October 2007 09:41

New Purdue University research shows steganography, long considered a minor threat, may be on the rise

OCTOBER 18, 2007 | 6:00 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Senior Editor, Dark Reading

Until recently, steganography, the stealth technique of hiding text or images within image files, has mostly been considered too complex -- and conspicuous -- to be much of a threat. But some forensics experts now worry that the bad guys are starting to use the tactic more frequently, especially in child pornography and identity theft trafficking.

There are an estimated 800 or so steganography tools available online, many of them free and with user-friendly graphical user interfaces and point-and-click features. This broad availability making steganography more accessible and easier to use for hiding and moving stolen or illicit payloads, experts say.         Comment in the Forum

 

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