Disappearing Cryptography 2nd Ed. By Peter Wayner

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Disappearing Cryptography 2nd Ed. By Peter Wayner

Post by incogito on Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:33 am
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The book's title is so ridiculously long I couldn't fit it in the subject title; Disappearing Cryptography, Second Edition: Information Hiding: Steganography & Watermarking.

It's a book about steganography, the science/art of hiding messages in such things as an otherwise innocuous image or video file (just like these [HTS login required]).

I imagined people here might be interested in reading it, since there are steganography missions on HTS. Heres the blurb (probably a little biased);


Disappearing Cryptography, Second Edition describes how to take words, sounds, or images and hide them in digital data so they look like other words, sounds, or images. When used properly, this powerful technique makes it almost impossible to trace the author and the recipient of a message. Conversations can be submerged in the flow of information through the Internet so that no one can know if a conversation exists at all.

This full revision of the best-selling first edition describes a number of different techniques to hide information. These include encryption, making data incomprehensible; steganography, embedding information into video, audio, or graphics files; watermarking, hiding data in the noise of image or sound files; mimicry, "dressing up" data and making it appear to be other data, and more. The second edition also includes an expanded discussion on hiding information with spread-spectrum algorithms, shuffling tricks, and synthetic worlds. Each chapter is divided into sections, first providing an introduction and high-level summary for those who want to understand the concepts without wading through technical explanations, and then presenting greater detail for those who want to write their own programs. To encourage exploration, the author's Web site http://www.wayner.org/books/discrypt2/ contains implementations for hiding information in lists, sentences, and images.

Each chapter is divided into sections, providing first an introduction and high-level summary for those who want to understand the concepts without wading through technical details, and then an introductory set of details, for those who want to write their own programs. Fully revised and expanded. Covers key concepts for non-technical readers. Goes into technical details for those wanting to create their own programs and implement algorithms. Up-to-date website containing the code samples from the book.



I've just started reading it and it has good reviews on Amazon, I was wondering if anyone here had read it all, and, if so, what did you make of it?

Lastly, does anyone know any other good books on steganography?

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Re: Disappearing Cryptography 2nd Ed. By Peter Wayner

Post by XORMeBaby on Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:52 pm
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Looks interesting, that blurb is kind of corny sounding though.

Tell us what you think of it and share some interesting things you found special or learned.
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Re: Disappearing Cryptography 2nd Ed. By Peter Wayner

Post by incogito on Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:18 pm
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XORMeBaby wrote:Looks interesting, that blurb is kind of corny sounding though.

Tell us what you think of it and share some interesting things you found special or learned.


Yeah I'll give it a little review when I've finished it.
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