The most traumatic experience of my life was
being in NYC during the 9/11 attack. I was teaching right across the street
from Madison Square Garden on 33rd. From a window, I witnessed the 2nd tower
collapse and was totally horrified. I immediately cancelled class, and by
the time I got to the street level, the area was in complete chaos. It was
like an Armageddon movie. The streets were packed cars and people trying to
get out of the city. Cell phones jammed, people screaming, and fighter jets
flying overhead. I made my way back to my hotel on 55th.
Along the way, I witnessed a huge line of
people filing out paperwork. I asked one of the guys what they were doing
and he mentioned that they were standing in line to donate blood. I was
amazed that while 2 million people were making their way out of downtown
Manhattan, and few hundred people were risking their own lives to help the
wounded. Absolutely amazing. It left me with a small glimmer of hope that
I was performing research in steganography prior to 9/11. Unfortunately, the
predictions in USA Today - Bin Laden was using steganography
to stage an attack against the US, came true. It was my experience from 9/11 that has
motivated me to perform extensive steganalysis
and cryptanalysis on steganographic programs.
Hopefully, my research will shed light on the subject of digital steganography.