‘We need to be alert in terms of detecting suspects’ hidden messages’

The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) provided a press release on steganography research, explaining the UNCOVER project and how law enforcement agencies, universities, and businesses are working together to develop tools to detect and read hidden messages in videos and images.

Meike Kombrink (NFI), explains the meaning of steganalysis and how seemingly innocent videos, photos, audio, or text can be used by criminals to hide drug messages or display child sexual abuse material on a public platform. She shows how difficult it is to detect hidden messages with the naked eye, what attacks were performed using steganography, and how it is possible to verify whether or not an image file has a hidden message.