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

Eric Cole
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April 11 2003
* Explains exactly what steganography is-hiding a message inside an innocuous picture or music file-and how it has become a popular tool for secretly sending and receiving messages for both the good guys and the bad guys * First book to describe international terrorists' cybersecurity tool of choice in an accessible language * Author is a top security consultant for the CIA and provides gripping stories that show how steganography works * Appendix provides tools to help people detect and counteract stenanography

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“…an interesting read…”(PC Utilities, July 2003)

“…a very good book, giving cogent, lucid explanations…” (Technology & Society, 30 September 2003)

“…a good introduction to an emergent technology…” (ContentPeople, 19 September 2003)

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Your hands-on guide to understanding, detecting, and using today's most potent tool for secret communication-steganography 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 The CD-ROM includes not only valuable original source code for steganography techniques discussed in the book, but also several popular steganography tools, and color versions of original and manipulated images from the book for you to compare.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not an in-depth study June 8 2004
I have to agree with a few of the other reviewers. This book only covers a very basic overview of stego. Anybody familiar with the topic will get bored fast. The 'example' stories littered through the text were interesting at first but get old quick. There's only so many ways an author can present the same information. This books reeks of an author stretching an old term paper into a book in order to make a few bucks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on steganography May 28 2004
By Tariq
First of all I would like to congratulate you on finishing the amazing book "Hiding in plain sight". It is really a state of art. You really covered the major part of steganography if not all. I really enjoyed reading your book.
Looking forward to your next publication.
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Henry Ford was once asked how he can manage an organization the size of The Ford Motor Company? He replied that he didn't have all the answers to all the questions but he did know who to call for the answers he required. As a key executive, I make decisions that require answers that are reliable and rich with content. Mr Cole has provided the answers I was looking for in his book: "Hiding in Plain Sight". I read the entire work in one sitting because its value to me grew with each page.
Thank You sir,
I look forward to your next publication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nov. 11 2003
By berg
I thought that this book was excellent. Normally I highlight specific parts of a book, but this book had so much good information I found my self needing to highlight nearly everything that I read. This book unlike most technical books that i have read in the past makes me want to continue reading, because right away you learn something new. I happen to think that stegonography and cryptography are two extremely interesting subjects. I could tell that the author was also very passionate about the subjects, wich made me even more interested in what i was reading. I reccommend this book to anyone interested in stego and cryptography.
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This book does an outstanding job of combining both technical details and background to create a very interesting read. It's not dry like most of the other books on this subject, and I truly enjoyed reading it. The author does a great job incorporating analogies and explainations to demonstrate "practical" applications. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is either new to the subject, or would like a refresher to expand their knowledge of the subject (like myself).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done!! Nov. 11 2003
By Kellie
This book is excellent! It gives the reader the option of beginning from scratch or quickly referencing needed information. The author gives you all of the information you could need to have a firm grasp on stego and allows you to develop your own ideas from there. It's definitely a book for active minds!
I'm glad to see there is finally a good book covering Stego!
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