A novel privacy approach of digital aerial images based on mersenne twister method with DNA genetic encoding and chaos

Fawad Masood, Wadii Boulila, Jawad Ahmad*, Arshad, Syam Sankar, Saeed Rubaiee, William J. Buchanan

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Aerial photography involves capturing images from aircraft and other flying objects, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Aerial images are used in many fields and can contain sensitive information that requires secure processing. We proposed an innovative new cryptosystem for the processing of aerial images utilizing a chaos-based private key block cipher method so that the images are secure even on untrusted cloud servers. The proposed cryptosystem is based on a hybrid technique combining the Mersenne Twister (MT), Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA), and Chaotic Dynamical Rossler System(MT-DNA-Chaos) methods. The combination of MT with the four nucleotides and chaos sequencing creates an enhanced level of security for the proposed algorithm. The system is tested at three separate phases. The combined effects of the three levels improve the overall efficiency of the randomness of data. The proposed method is computationally agile, and offered more security than existing cryptosystems. To assess, this new system is examined against different statistical tests such as adjacent pixels correlation analysis, histogram consistency analyses and its variance, visual strength analysis, information randomness and uncertainty analysis, pixel inconsistency analysis, pixels similitude analyses, average difference, and maximum difference. These tests confirmed its validity for real-time communication purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1893
Number of pages25
JournalRemote Sensing
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2020


  • aerial images
  • remote sensing
  • hybrid techniques
  • mersenne twister
  • MT-DNA-Chaos
  • cryptosystem
  • nucleotide
  • chaos sequencing
  • DNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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