How to Hide Data in Audio Files


Welcome back, my hacker apprentices!

you Have to know, Mr. Robot is my favorite TV show Till Now, and not just for the realistic hacking. Rami Malek, the actor who plays Elliot, is incomparable in his depiction of a young man with social anxiety who are alienated from a superficial, materialistic society and wants to make a better world. I believe we will see a lot more of this actor in the coming years.

In addition, the writing is excellent, although some of the depictions of Evil Corp employees, especially Tyrell Wellick, are a bit two dimensional and cliché. Overall, though, this is one of the best TV shows since Breaking Bad!

As the plot unfolds, it becomes clear that Elliot hacks and doxes the people in his life (including himself), then stores the information he finds onto CDs. He then labels them with some classic band label.

Many have wondered why he’d be doing that and how safe would that be?

The answer is that Eliot is hiding the data on those CDs. He is actually copying music to those CDs, then embedding encrypted information on them that only he can recover. So anyone who finds them will see and hear only audio and will be unable to find or retrieve the hidden information. In this way, Elliot’s data on his friends and acquaintances is safe from the prying eyes of law enforcement, or for that matter, anyone else.

What Elliot is doing is known as steganography, the practice of hiding information within another digital medium (audio, video, or graphics files).

For instance, if I wanted to send someone else a secret message, I could place the message within a picture, audio, or video file and send it via email or allow them to download the file from my website. With the proper key and algorithm, they—and only they—could read the secret message. Everyone else would only see the innocuous picture or hear the audio file.

Espionage and terrorist organizations have been using these techniques for many years (reportedly, Al Qaeda used these techniques to hide messages on their website to their followers in the 1990s and 2000s).

In these episodes of Mr. Robot, Elliot appears to be using a software package named “DeepSound” for hiding information within his audio files, but there are numerous software packages for steganography available, including, but not limited to:

Although, in general, hackers use Linux to hack for many good reasons, DeepSound was developed for Windows. In this case, we will be using it on a Windows 7 system, but it can be used on just about any Windows OS.

Step 1Download & Install Deep Sound

To begin, we need to navigate to the DeepSound website and download the software.

Go ahead and download and install it to your system. Your AV software might balk, identifying it as a virus, but go ahead and allow its installation.

Step 2 – Deep Sound Interface

Once you have completed the installation, you should be greeted by a screen like the one below. Notice that on the left hand side of the screen it is displaying the directory structure of my C: drive. By clicking on the down arrow next to the C: drive above my directory structure, I can browse to other drives or USB devices on my system.

The files to the left will be my “carrier” audio files. In other words, these are the files I will use to hide my data in.

Step 3 – Settings

If I click on the Settings icon on the top bar, it will bring up a window like that below. I should set my default language (the only other choice besides English is Slovak), my output directory, and my output format. This software package only works with .flac or .wav files. This means that you can’t use .mp3 files. This is presumably because .mp3s are compressed and the other two formats are not.

Also, make sure you click on the “Encrypt files” checkbox. This will make certain that your hidden files are encrypted with 256-bit AES encryption, among the strongest encryption algorithms available. Finally, add a password that will be used to lock and then unlock the encryption when you or the target of these files wants to recover them. The longer this password, the stronger the encryption.

Step 4 – Select Audio Files

Next, we need to select audio files to hide the data in. As most of my music, probably like yours, is in .mp3 format, those won’t work. Notice that I have some Nora Jones in .flac format that I will use here. (Generally, audiophiles prefer .flac as its quality is superior, but the size is much greater as it is uncompressed. That’s why most mobile audio devices use .mp3, they are much smaller files.)

I double-click on the audio file and it prepares it for use to hide my files in.

Next, click on the “Add files” icon on the top bar. This will prompt you to add the files you want to hide within the audio file. Here, I have a file named Shayla.docthat I want to hide within the Nora Jones audio file.

Step 5 – Encode

When I click on Shayla.doc, it adds it to the right window. Now, I need click on the “Encode” icon on the top icon bar.

My Shayla.doc file is now encrypted and hidden with my audio file! Not only with this file look and sound like a normal audio file, but if anyone wants the information hidden in it, they will need to decrypt it with the password known only to me.

In the case of Elliot in Mr. Robot, he now took these audio files and burned them to a CD, but that isn’t necessary. Presumably, he is doing that to take another step to secure these files in the case that his computer is ever confiscated and investigated. Any investigation is unlikely to listen to his music CDs.

Step 6 – Decode

Eventually, Elliot, or the person the information is intended for, will need to decode the hidden information. Simply click on the audio file and then the “Extract secret files” icon. When you do, it will prompt you for a password. Enter the password you created in Step #3, hit “OK,” and the hidden file will appear in the right hand window.

Now, you can read the hidden, secret message using the appropriate software that the message was created in. In this case, it would be Microsoft Word or any other software capable of opening a .doc file.

Keep coming back, my hacker apprentices, as we continue to explore the hacks of Mr. Robot and just about every other conceivable hack on the planet!

Lovepreet Singh

Secure Your Identity & Become Anonymous Online This Year.

Previous article

If devices are connected to the same switch but are in different subnets do they share the same gateway?

Next article

You may also like


  1. Greetings from Florida! I’m bored at work so I decided
    to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the info you present
    here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m
    not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, fantastic blog!
    pof natalielise

  2. If some one wishes expert view about blogging and site-building afterward i advise him/her
    to pay a visit this blog, Keep up the pleasant job.

  3. Hi there, its good article regarding media print, we all know media is a
    impressive source of facts.

  4. Hi, awesome work. I really appeaciate the information you are providing through your site, i have alwasy find it helpful. Keep up the awsome work.

  5. This article gives clear idea in favor of the new people of blogging, that
    in fact how to do blogging.

  6. Viagra No Script No Hassle [url=]cialis cheapest online prices[/url] Buy Clomid 100mg Uk Propecia Cambio

  7. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme.

    Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to
    do it for you? Plz respond as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like
    to know where u got this from. kudos

  8. Hydrochlorothiazide On Line In Usa Next Day Metronidazole Or Flagyl Plendil [url=]viagra[/url] Livitra Samples Tomar Viagra O Cialis

  9. Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful post.
    Thanks for providing this information.

  10. Vendita Cialis Net Cialis 5 Mg Dosis how to purchase accutane [url=]online pharmacy[/url] Kamagra Kamagra

  11. Buy Now Amoxicilina No Script Needed Caida De Pelo Propecia Finasteride Zithromax Mastercard [url=]viagra[/url] Propecia E Ereccion Cialis Rezept Falschen

  12. Hi, I check your blog regularly. Your story-telling style is
    witty, keep up the good work!

  13. Where To Purchase Online Amoxicilina From Canada Free Shipping [url=]cialis 5 mg[/url] Cialis Como Se Usa Buy Viagara Pills Cephalexin Atlanta Dental

  14. Levitra Strength [url=]reliable source for dapoxetine[/url] Acheter Amoxicillin Pharmacie A Bon Compte France Zithromax To Treat Gonorrhea

  15. If you would like to grow your familiarity just keep visiting this web site and be updated with the latest information posted

  16. you’re truly a just right webmaster. The website loading velocity
    is amazing. It seems that you’re doing any unique trick.
    Furthermore, The contents are masterwork. you have done a magnificent process on this subject!

  17. You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I find this
    topic to be really something which I feel I would never understand.
    It kind of feels too complex and extremely huge for me.
    I’m looking forward to your subsequent put up, I will try to
    get the hang of it!

  18. It’s awesome in favor of me to have a web site, which is helpful
    for my knowledge. thanks admin

  19. When someone writes an article he/she retains the plan of a user in his/her mind that how a user can be aware of
    it. Thus that’s why this paragraph is outstdanding.


  20. Remarkable issues here. I am very satisfied to peer your post.
    Thanks so much and I’m looking ahead to contact you.
    Will you kindly drop me a mail?

  21. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve visited this site before but after browsing
    through some of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m certainly pleased I came across it and
    I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

  22. I visited several websites except the audio feature for audio songs
    present at this website is in fact fabulous.

  23. Cherche Clomid Canadianpharmacy24h Priligy Patent [url=]cialis vs viagra[/url] Petcam Keflex Treat Urinary Tract Infection Dosage

  24. Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for your weblog.

    You have some really great posts and I feel I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please send me an email if interested. Kudos!

  25. Post writing is also a fun, if you be acquainted with afterward you can write otherwise it is
    complex to write.

  26. When I initially left a comment I appear to have clicked
    the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time
    a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the exact same comment.
    Perhaps there is a way you can remove me from that service?
    Thank you!

  27. It’s the best time to make some plans for the longer term
    and it’s time to be happy. I have read this publish and if I may I
    wish to counsel you some attention-grabbing things or suggestions.
    Maybe you could write subsequent articles relating to this article.
    I want to learn even more issues approximately it!

  28. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having
    problems locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail.
    I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing.

    Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it develop over time.

  29. Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; we
    have created some nice methods and we are looking to swap techniques with other folks,
    be sure to shoot me an email if interested.

  30. Hi! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know
    how to make your site mobile friendly? My
    weblog looks weird when browsing from my iphone 4. I’m trying
    to find a theme or plugin that might be able
    to fix this problem. If you have any suggestions, please share.

  31. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this
    website. I’m hoping to view the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well.
    In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged
    me to get my very own blog now 😉

  32. What’s up, yes this article is really good and I have learned lot of things from it about blogging.

  33. Hello There. I discovered your weblog the usage of msn. This is a
    very neatly written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read
    more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  34. you’re truly a good webmaster. The web site loading pace is incredible.
    It kind of feels that you are doing any unique trick.

    Moreover, The contents are masterwork. you’ve performed a wonderful
    process on this matter!

  35. Thanks for every other informative site.
    The place else may I get that kind of information written in such an ideal
    manner? I have a project that I am simply now operating on, and I have been at the glance out for such information.

  36. Hello, constantly i used to check blog posts here early in the morning, since i enjoy to find out more and more.

  37. I am regular reader, how are you everybody?
    This post posted at this site is actually fastidious.

  38. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!
    It is the little changes that produce the most important changes.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  39. Remarkable issues here. I’m very glad to peer your article.
    Thank you so much and I am having a look forward
    to contact you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

  40. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s equally educative and entertaining,
    and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head.
    The issue is an issue that too few men and women are speaking
    intelligently about. Now i’m very happy I came
    across this during my search for something concerning this.

  41. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it
    was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say,
    I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog
    writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have
    any points for inexperienced blog writers? I’d certainly
    appreciate it.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *