Raise public awareness on the rise of stegomalware and information hiding methods
Study the latest information hiding techniques found in the wild used by cybercriminals, terrorists and spies
Work with institutions, academics and industry to develop countermeasures and integrate on a global scale
Deliver training to companies and institutions to ensure they are fully prepared to react to potential information hiding exploitation
In the area of malware, one of the main tools of cybercriminals, we predict a further increase in the use of information hiding techniques such as steganography to avoid detection, hide communication and exfiltrate data.
I therefore welcome and fully support the Criminal Use of Information Hiding Initiative, which is a cross sectorial approach combining the knowledge, expertise and experience of academia, industry and law enforcement in this area.
Europol's European Cybercrime Centre has been involved in the setting up this initiative from the very beginning.
I see this as an excellent practical example of a public-private-partnership to tackle an emerging threat in an intelligence-led and targeted way.