Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime. 4th International Conference, ICDF2C 2012, Lafayette, IN, USA, October 25-26, 2012, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Finding Data in DNA: Computer Forensic Investigations of Living Organisms

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-39891-9_13,
        author={Marc Beck and Eric Rouchka and Roman Yampolskiy},
        title={Finding Data in DNA: Computer Forensic Investigations of Living Organisms},
        proceedings={Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime. 4th International Conference, ICDF2C 2012, Lafayette, IN, USA, October 25-26, 2012, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ICDF2C},
        year={2013},
        month={10},
        keywords={Bioinformatics Cryptography DNA computing Natural languages Computer forensics Steganalysis},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-39891-9_13}
    }
    
  • Marc Beck
    Eric Rouchka
    Roman Yampolskiy
    Year: 2013
    Finding Data in DNA: Computer Forensic Investigations of Living Organisms
    ICDF2C
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-39891-9_13
Marc Beck1, Eric Rouchka1, Roman Yampolskiy1
  • 1: University of Louisville

Abstract

Recent advances in genetic engineering have allowed the insertion of artificial DNA strands into the living cells of organisms. Several methods have been developed to insert information into a DNA sequence for the purpose of data storage, watermarking, or communication of secret messages. The ability to detect, extract, and decode messages from DNA is important for forensic data collection and for data security. We have developed a software toolkit that detects the presence of a hidden message within a DNA sequence, and deciphers that message. In order to decode a message we are modifying several existing cryptanalysis tools that have been developed for solving simple substitution ciphers and compare their performance.