Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Computer Science


Computer Science

Major Professor

Richard, Golden

Second Advisor

Roussev, Vassil

Third Advisor

Nino, Jaime


Steganography is the art of hiding information within cover objects like images or audio/video files. It has been widely reported that there has been a surge in the use of steganography for criminal activities and therefore, implementing effective detection techniques is an essential task in digital forensics. Unfortunately, building a single effective detection technique still remains one of the biggest challenges. This report presents a comparative study of three steganalysis techniques. We investigated and compared the performances of each technique in the detection of embedding methods considered. Based on the results of our analysis, we provide information as to which specific steganalysis technique needs to be used for a particular steganographic method. Finally, we propose a procedure which may help a forensic examiner to decide an order in which different steganalysis techniques need to be considered in the detection process to achieve the best detection results in terms of both time and accuracy.


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