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Steganograph: Whaling

This was an experiment to see how much text I could fit into a steganographic image. This image contains the complete text of Melville's two novels, Moby Dick and Typee.


To decode it, you will need access to the original image, which I have stored here (the original website I found the image on is no longer up).


Each pixel stores 12 bits of hidden information, the data was compressed into a zip file and then used to modify the pixel values.


Interestingly, this method of steganography produces some significant compression savings:


Zipped Text: 693k

Original PNG file: 998k


if I simply zip these two files together, the result is 1,691k. But by using

steganography, the output PNG file is only 1,191k - a savings of 500k.


I assume the savings is related to the fact that you can't recover the text without access to the original image - there is not enough information in the output file to recover both input files.


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Uploaded on October 1, 2006