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Stego inside encryption
I know a lot of times the idea behind steganography is to hide the fact that a
secret message is in a seemingly normal file/mail/whatever. This is good
for avoiding unwanted interest in your file. The benefit of not having people
attempt to crack you code, added to the strength of the cryptosystem is
wonderful. However, I propose this--
Don't hide that anything's encrypted! Rather than hide this fact, throw it
in their face! I propose hiding an encrypted message inside another
encrypted message. Set bits in specific places to data in the real message.
The benefit is Oscar not only doesn't know what the crypto is, he attacks
the wrong message. Hiding statistically random bits from the true message
in statistically random bits from the masking message shouldn't be too
Granted, this scheme doesn't get you past measures designed to keep out all
encrypted messages, and it surely wouldn't keep you message from generating
interest, but it would be very hard to decrypt the message, especially when
some algorithm is used which (seemingly) randomly selects which bits to use
for the stego.
Just a thought... My apologies if someone has already proposed this method.