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A Novel Image Steganography Method with Adaptive Number of Least Significant Bits Modification Based on Private Stego-Keys
Yogendra Kumar Jain
Pages - 40 - 49     |    Revised - 25-02-2010     |    Published - 26-03-2010
Volume - 4   Issue - 1    |    Publication Date - March 2010  Table of Contents
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KEYWORDS
Steganography, stego-key, data hiding, digital image, PSNR (Peak-Signal-to-Noise-Ratio)
ABSTRACT
To enhance the embedding capacity of image steganography and provide an imperceptible stego-image for human vision, a novel adaptive number of least significant bits substitution method with private stego-key based on gray-level ranges are proposed in this paper. The new technique embeds binary bit stream in 24-bits color image (Blue channel) or in 8-bits gray-scale image. The method also verifies that whether the attacker has tried to modify the secret hidden (or stego-image also) information in the stego-image. The technique embeds the hidden information in the spatial domain of the cover image and uses simple (Ex-OR operation based) digital signature using 140-bit key to verify the integrity from the stego-image. Besides, the embedded confidential information can be extracted from stego-images without the assistance of original images. The proposed method can embed 4.20 bits in each pixel of gray-scale image and 4.15 bits in each pixel of color image. The presented method gives better results than the existing methods.
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Associate Professor Yogendra Kumar Jain
Samrat Ashok Technological Institute - India
ykjain_p@yahoo.co.in