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Authentication for Online Voting Using Steganography and Biometrics

Author(s): Linu Paul, Anilkumar M.N.

Journal: International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Engineering & Technology (IJARCET)
ISSN 2278-1323

Volume: 1;
Issue: 10;
Start page: 026;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Online Voting | Data hiding | Biometric | Stego image | Steganography

In this paper an online voting authenticationtechnique is proposed which provides biometric as well aspassword security to voter accounts. Voters are first identifiedby their facial image by using PCA. Second step is thefingerprint recognition. Third one is steganographic method.The basic idea of strganographic method is to merge the secretkey and pin number with the cover image which produces astego image which looks same as the cover image. The coverimage is a biometric measure, such as a fingerprint image. Thesecret key and pin number is extracted from the stego image atthe server side to perform the voter authentication function.This system greatly reduces the risks as the hackers have to findthe secret key, pin number, fingerprint and facial image, whichmakes the election procedure to be secure against a variety offraudulent behaviors. SHA 256 used for hashing is replacedwith MD5 in order to improve the speed
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