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Anti-forensics of chromatic aberration
Author(s): Owen Mayer; Matthew C. Stamm
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Paper Abstract

Over the past decade, a number of information forensic techniques have been developed to identify digital image manipulation and falsification. Recent research has shown, however, that an intelligent forger can use anti-forensic countermeasures to disguise their forgeries. In this paper, an anti-forensic technique is proposed to falsify the lateral chromatic aberration present in a digital image. Lateral chromatic aberration corresponds to the relative contraction or expansion between an image's color channels that occurs due to a lens's inability to focus all wavelengths of light on the same point. Previous work has used localized inconsistencies in an image's chromatic aberration to expose cut-and-paste image forgeries. The anti-forensic technique presented in this paper operates by estimating the expected lateral chromatic aberration at an image location, then removing deviations from this estimate caused by tampering or falsification. Experimental results are presented that demonstrate that our anti-forensic technique can be used to effectively disguise evidence of an image forgery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9409, Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics 2015, 94090M (4 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2182457
Show Author Affiliations
Owen Mayer, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Matthew C. Stamm, Drexel Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9409:
Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics 2015
Adnan M. Alattar; Nasir D. Memon; Chad D. Heitzenrater, Editor(s)

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