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Could this be construed as Steganography ??

Das Sats

Joined: Dec 20, 2003
Posts: 4
Greetings all,
I have recently devised an application called Kryptkeeper that :
1) takes any symmetric block cipher text in bytes [] and initially encodes it into Hexadecimal String.
2) Uses charAt() to get the char value of the Hexadecimal String representation.
3) Performs further manipulation onto the char value (according to a set algorithm).
4) Assigns a key (derived from the system calendar) so that the encoding process can be reversed later..
Initial testing has been satisfactory but now comes the labourious duty of publishing my findings. Could I refer to KryptKeeper as a Steganographic tool. It conforms to basic requirements (hiding data within data) but is lacking in the secrecy department.
Could y'all please help me with this issue and also recommend material (web-based preferably) which I could use ???
norman richards
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Joined: Jul 21, 2003
Posts: 367
The idea behind steganography is that you are hiding data in a way that an observer doesn't know it is there. There doesn't sound like that. It sounds to me that you are simply obfuscating the text.
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