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Automated Steganography Detection and Breaking For Law Enforcement

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $399,836)

University of Rhode Island will synthesize existing Steganography detection techniques into a cohesive software suite. In addition, University of Rhode Island will perform research to augment existing tools, improving computational power and efficiency through techniques including parallel computing on high-performance clusters. To decrypt steganographic files, this project will develop parallel password cracking techniques. The result of this project will be a prototype automated software module for the popular Encase computer forensic tool. This module will integrate Steganography detection, decryption, and original document extraction, as well as be available as a web service to allow law enforcement access to a high-performance parallel cluster for Steganography detection and breaking via the Internet.


Date Created: September 12, 2006