Data Hiding, 1st Edition

Exposing Concealed Data in Multimedia, Operating Systems, Mobile Devices and Network Protocols

Data Hiding, 1st Edition,Michael Raggo,Chet Hosmer,ISBN9781597497435






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An exploration into the latest technologies and techniques used for covert communications and data concealment.

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Key Features

  • Provides many real-world examples of data concealment on the latest technologies including iOS, Android, VMware, MacOS X, Linux and Windows 7
  • Dives deep into the less known approaches to data hiding, covert communications, and advanced malware
  • Includes never before published information about next generation methods of data hiding
  • Outlines a well-defined methodology for countering threats
  • Looks ahead at future predictions for data hiding



As data hiding detection and forensic techniques have matured, people are creating more advanced stealth methods for spying, corporate espionage, terrorism, and cyber warfare all to avoid detection. Data Hiding provides an exploration into the present day and next generation of tools and techniques used in covert communications, advanced malware methods and data concealment tactics. The hiding techniques outlined include the latest technologies including mobile devices, multimedia, virtualization and others. These concepts provide corporate, goverment and military personnel with the knowledge to investigate and defend against insider threats, spy techniques, espionage, advanced malware and secret communications. By understanding the plethora of threats, you will gain an understanding of the methods to defend oneself from these threats through detection, investigation, mitigation and prevention.


Penetration Testers, Incident Response teams, Information Security Analysts

Michael Raggo

Michael Raggo (CISSP, NSA-IAM, ACE, CSI) has over 20 years of security research experience. His current focus is threats and countermeasures for the mobile enterprise. Michael is the author of “Data Hiding: Exposing Concealed Data in Multimedia, Operating Systems, Mobile Devices and Network Protocols” for Syngress Books. A former security trainer, Michael has briefed international defense agencies including the FBI and Pentagon, is a participating member of the PCI Mobile Task Force, and is a frequent presenter at security conferences, including Black Hat, DEF CON, DoD Cyber Crime, InfoSec, SANS, and OWASP.

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Chet Hosmer

Chet Hosmer is the Chief Scientist and Sr. Vice President at Allen Corporation and a co-founder of WetStone Technologies, Inc. Chet has been researching and developing technology and training surrounding data hiding, steganography and watermarking for over a decade. He has made numerous appearances to discuss the threat steganography poses including National Public Radio's Kojo Nmadi show, ABC's Primetime Thursday, NHK Japan, CrimeCrime TechTV and ABC News Australia. He has also been a frequent contributor to technical and news stories relating to steganography and has been interviewed and quoted by IEEE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Government Computer News, and Wired magazine. Chet also serves as a visiting professor at Utica college where he teaches in the Cybersecurity Graduate program. Chet delivers keynote and plenary talks on various cyber security related topics around the world each year.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Scientist and Sr. Vice President, Allen Corporation, and co-founder WetStone Technologies, Inc.

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Data Hiding, 1st Edition

Chapter 1 History of Secret Writing

Chapter 2 Four Easy Data Hiding Exercises

Chapter 3 Steganography

Chapter 4 Multimedia Data Hiding

Chapter 5 Data Hiding among Android Mobile Devices

Chapter 6 Apple iOS Data Hiding

Chapter 7 Operating System Data Hiding

Chapter 8 Virtual Data Hiding

Chapter 9 Data Hiding in Network Protocols

Chapter 10 Forensics and Anti-Forensics

Chapter 11 Mitigation Strategies

Chapter 12 Futures

Quotes and reviews

"This is one of those threats that confounds and frustrates digital forensics examiners today.  Steganography is only used by the more sophisticated bad guys. This book helps to bring this threat out from behind the green door."
-Jim Christy, Special Agent (Ret), HQE/Director, Futures Exploration (FX)/Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center  (DC3)

"This book is the most comprehensive text yet published about Steganography, with coverage of everything from the history of the art and science of hiding data to the myriad applications and mechanisms of digital stego. This is a must-read for any serious student of the field."
-Gary C. Kessler, Ph.D., CCE, CISSP / Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

"From the age old "cloak and dagger" images; to the age old fable of "which came first, the chicken or the egg", data hiding is the  backbone of information security or insecurity. Data Hiding brings the past, present, and future of data hiding out from under the cloak into the sunlight. Giving real world examples and more importantly how to defend against them."
-Richard Rushing, CISO, Motorola Mobility


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