Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems

Volume 3684 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 289-299

BPCS-Steganography – Principle and Applications

  • Eiji KawaguchiAffiliated withResearch Institute for Digital Media and Content, Keio University

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The abstract should summarize the contents of the paper and should Steganography is a technique to hide secret information in some other data (we call it a vessel) without leaving any apparent evidence of data alteration. All of the traditional steganographic techniques have limited information-hiding capacity. This is because the principle of those techniques was either to replace a special part of the frequency components of the vessel image, or to replace all the least significant bits of a multi-valued image with the secret information. Our new steganography uses an image as the vessel data, and we embed secret information in the bit-planes of the vessel. This technique makes use of the characteristics of the human vision system whereby a human cannot perceive any shape information in a very complicated binary pattern. We can replace all of the “noise-like” regions in the bit-planes of the vessel image with secret data without deteriorating the image quality. We termed our steganography “BPCS-Steganography,” which stands for Bit-Plane Complexity Segmentation Steganography.