CompTIA Security+ Question E-43

A security analyst has been notified that trade secrets are being leaked from one of the executives in the corporation. When reviewing this executive’s laptop they notice several pictures of the employee’s pets are on the hard drive and on a cloud storage network. When the analyst hashes the images on the hard drive against the hashes on the cloud network they do not match.
Which of the following describes how the employee is leaking these secrets?

A. Social engineering
B. Steganography
C. Hashing
D. Digital signatures

Answer: B

Steganography is the process of hiding one message in another. Steganography may also be referred to as electronic watermarking. It is also the process of hiding a message in a medium such as a digital image, audio fi le, or other fi le. In theory, doing this prevents analysts from detecting the real message. You could encode your message in another file or message and use that file to hide your message.