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Current Chinese Computer Science


ISSN (Print): 2665-9972
ISSN (Online): 2665-9964

Research Article

An Image-Based Information Hiding Approach with Chaotic Systems and Optimized Security

Author(s): Abdiqani A. Saliban and Yinglei Song*

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2022

Published on: 27 April, 2022

Article ID: e290322202785 Pages: 11

DOI: 10.2174/2665997202666220329183806


Background: Recently, information hiding has become an important approach to securely storing and transmitting important information in digital media.

Objectives: This paper proposes a new approach to hide information in a color image with optimized security.

Methods: The approach performs the hiding in two phases. Firstly, the information that needs to be hidden in an image is represented by a sequence of binary bits, and the sequence is shuffled and encrypted with a set of three-dimensional chaotic systems. Secondly, the binary bits in the shuffled and encrypted sequence are hidden into the R, G, and B components of the pixels in the given color image with a dynamic programming approach.

Results: Experimental results show that the proposed approach can securely hide information in a color image without generating significant changes in the visual contents of a color image. The analysis also shows that the proposed approach is robust against potential attacks.

Conclusion: The proposed approach is thus practically useful for applications aimed at image-based information hiding.

Keywords: Information hiding, color images, three-dimensional chaotic systems, optimization, dynamic programming, key space.

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