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Steganography is the art and science of writing hidden messages in such a way that no one, apart from the sender and intended recipient, suspects the existence of the message, a form of security through obscurity. The word steganography is of Greek origin and means “concealed writing” from the Greek words steganos (στεγανός) meaning “covered or protected”, and graphei (γραφή) meaning “writing”.
The advantage of steganography is that messages do not attract attention to themselves. Where cryptography protects the contents of a message, steganography can be said to protect both messages and communicating parties.
Word Count: 99
In Plain Sight
As a kid, he dreamed of being an international spy – to be James Bond. Now he dealt with casualties of terrorism at a local level. His job was to try to predict the next attack. Clues were hidden in plain sight, on bulletin boards, on shop signs, in classified ads. Interpreting these in time meant the next target might be spared.
Once identified, the clues were easy to see. In fact, now he couldn’t miss them. Everything looked suspicious to him.
Looking at the bodies in the smoking rubble, he knew he’d never see the world the same again.
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