Written text contains less redundant spaces which could be used for embedding, so embedding secrets into written texts is a challenging task.
To break through the difficulty of text steganography, a text steganography in chat scheme was proposed in 2007.
This scheme uses the abbreviations used in SMS-texting language to conceal secret data into chat sentences.
As communications via chat room become more and more popular in people’s lives, we propose another new text steganography method which is also used in chat rooms.
The proposed scheme uses emotional icons (also called emoticons) to hide secret bits into the sentences used in chat.
Due to the tremendous numbers of emoticons used in many kinds of chat rooms, this paper improves the embedding capacity of the previous method obviously.
In addition, the experimental results show the easy-to-use character of the proposed scheme.
Professor C. C. Chang was born in Taichung, Taiwan. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from National Chiao Tung University. His first degree is Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and master degree is Master of Science in Computer and Decision Sciences. Both were awarded in National Tsing Hua University. Dr. Chang served in National Chung Cheng University from 1989 to 2005. His current title is Chair Professor in Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, Feng Chia University, from Feb. 2005. Prior to joining Feng Chia University, Professor Chang was an associate professor in Chiao Tung University, professor in National Chung Hsing University, chair professor in National Chung Cheng University. He had also been Visiting Researcher and Visiting Scientist to Tokyo University and Kyoto University, Japan. During his service in Chung Cheng, Professor Chang served as Chairman of the Institute of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Dean of College of Engineering, Provost and then Acting President of Chung Cheng University and Director of Advisory Office in Ministry of Education, Taiwan.
Professor Chang’s specialties include, but not limited to, data engineering, database systems, and computer cryptography and information security. A researcher of acclaimed and distinguished services and contributions to his country and advancing human knowledge in the field of information science, Professor Chang has won many research awards and honorary positions by and in prestigious organizations both nationally and internationally. He is currently a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IEE, UK. And since his early years of career development, he consecutively won Outstanding Youth Award of the R. O. C., Outstanding Talent in Information Sciences of the R. O. C., AceR Dragon Award of the Ten Most Outstanding Talents, Outstanding Scholar Award of the R. O. C., Outstanding Engineering Professor Award of the R. O. C., Chung-Shan Academic Publication Awards, Distinguished Research Awards of National Science Council of the R. O. C., Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, Top Fifteen Scholars in Systems and Software Engineering of the Journal of Systems and Software, and so on. On numerous occasions, he was invited to serve as Visiting Professor, Chair Professor, Honorary Professor, Honorary Director, Honorary Chairman, Distinguished Alumnus, Distinguished Researcher, Research Fellow by universities and research institutes. He also published over 1000 papers in Information Sciences. In the meantime, he participates actively in international academic organizations and performs advisory work to government agencies and academic organizations.