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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 341729, 10 pages
Research Article

Image Encryption Algorithm Based on Chaotic Economic Model

1Department of Statistics and Operations Researches, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, Mansoura 35516, Egypt

Received 18 November 2014; Revised 23 December 2014; Accepted 24 December 2014

Academic Editor: Wang Xing-yuan

Copyright © 2015 S. S. Askar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In literature, chaotic economic systems have got much attention because of their complex dynamic behaviors such as bifurcation and chaos. Recently, a few researches on the usage of these systems in cryptographic algorithms have been conducted. In this paper, a new image encryption algorithm based on a chaotic economic map is proposed. An implementation of the proposed algorithm on a plain image based on the chaotic map is performed. The obtained results show that the proposed algorithm can successfully encrypt and decrypt the images with the same security keys. The security analysis is encouraging and shows that the encrypted images have good information entropy and very low correlation coefficients and the distribution of the gray values of the encrypted image has random-like behavior.