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Criminal Network Inference

Funding Body: Forensic Pathways Ltd
Project Duration: 1 October 2010 to 30 September 2013
Budget: £50,692
Project Summary:
The convergence of personal communication and imaging functionalities on mobile phones provides benefits for the general public as well as means for criminals to operate. Each mobile phone with a built-in camera leaves a unique "Digital Signature" in the photo it takes, which can be detected and traced to the possession or ownership of the mobile phone. In the forensic context, when the digital signature is incorporated with telecommunication data, the intelligence acquired can be employed for establishing criminal networks. This project is intended to develop a set of technologies that enable the identification of source mobile phone camera, establishment of criminal networks and image authentication through the fusion of mobile phone camera signature extracted from photos and telecommunication data.