International Journal of Theoretical Physics

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 191–201 | Cite as

Quantum Steganography for Multi-party Covert Communication

  • Lin Liu
  • Guang-Ming Tang
  • Yi-Feng Sun
  • Shu-Fan Yan


A novel multi-party quantum steganography protocol based on quantum secret sharing is proposed in this paper. Hidden channels are built in HBB and improved HBB quantum secret sharing protocols for secret messages transmitting, via the entanglement swapping of GHZ states and Bell measurement. Compared with the original protocol, there are only a few different GHZ sates transmitted in the proposed protocol, making the hidden channel with good imperceptibility. Moreover, the secret messages keep secure even when the hidden channel is under the attack from the dishonest participators, for the sub-secretmessages distributed randomly to different participators. With good imperceptibility and security, the capacity of proposed protocol is higher than previous multi-party quantum steganography protocol.


Quantum steganography Multi-party covert communication Quantum entanglement swapping Quantum communication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lin Liu
    • 1
  • Guang-Ming Tang
    • 2
  • Yi-Feng Sun
    • 2
  • Shu-Fan Yan
    • 1
  1. 1.Zhengzhou Information Science and Technology InstituteHenanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Information SecurityZhengzhou Information Science and Technology InstituteHenanPeople’s Republic of China

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