Passing go with DNA sequencing: Delivering messages in a covert transgenic channel

Ji Young Chun, Hye Lim Lee, Ji Won Yoon

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DNA which carries genetic information in living organisms has become a new steganographic carrier of secret information. Various researchers have used this technique to try to develop watermarks to be used to protect proprietary products, however, as recent advances in genetic engineering have made it possible to use DNA as a carrier of information, we have realized that DNA steganography in the living organism also facilitates a new, stealthy cyber-attack that could be used nefariously to bypass entrance control systems that monitor and screen for files and electronic devices. In this paper, we explain how 'DNA-courier' attacks could easily be carried out to defeat existing monitoring and screening techniques. Using our proposed method, we found that DNA as a steganographic carrier of secret information poses a realistic cyber-attack threat by enabling secret messages to be sent to an intended recipient without being noticed by third parties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2015 IEEE Security and Privacy Workshops, SPW 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781479999330
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 17
EventIEEE Security and Privacy Workshops, SPW 2015 - San Jose, United States
Duration: 2015 May 212015 May 22


OtherIEEE Security and Privacy Workshops, SPW 2015
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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