StegoAppDB: a Steganography Apps Forensics Image Database

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 4:10pm to 5:00pm
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Jennifer Newman
Iowa State University, Department of Mathematics


StegoAppDB: a Steganography Apps Forensics Image Database

In this research, we present a new reference dataset simulating digital evidence for image (photographic) steganography. Steganography detection is a digital image forensic topic that is relatively unknown in practical forensics, although stego app use in the wild is on the rise. StegoAppDB is the first reference  database consisting of mobile phone photographs and stego images produced from mobile stego apps, including a rich set of side information, offering simulated digital evidence. StegoAppDB contains over 960,000 innocent and stego images using a minimum of 10 different phone models from 24 distinct devices, with detailed provenanced data comprising a wide range of ISO and exposure settings, EXIF data, message information, embedding rates, etc. We develop a camera app, Cameraw, specifically for data acquisition, with multiple images per scene, saving simultaneously in both DNG and high-quality JPEG formats. Stego images are created from these original images using selected mobile stego apps through a careful process of reverse engineering. StegoAppDB contains cover-stego image pairs including for apps that resize the stego dimensions. We retain the original devices and continue to enlarge the database, and encourage the image forensics community to use StegoAppDB. While designed for steganography, we discuss uses of this publicly available database to other digital image forensic topics.


Refreshments at 3:45pm in Snedecor 2101.