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Information leakage through document redaction: attacks and countermeasures
Author(s): Daniel P. Lopresti; A. Lawrence Spitz
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Paper Abstract

It has been recently demonstrated, in dramatic fashion, that sensitive information thought to be obliterated through the process of redaction can be successfully recovered via a combination of manual effort, document image analysis, and natural language processing techniques. In this paper, we examine what might be revealed through redaction, exploring how known methods might be employed to detect vestigial artifacts of the pre-redacted text. We discuss the process of redaction and circumstances under which sensitive information might leak, present an outline for experimental analyses of various approaches that could be used to recover redacted material, and describe a series of increasingly stringent countermeasures to address, and in some cases eliminate, the perceived threat.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5676, Document Recognition and Retrieval XII, (17 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.589552
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Daniel P. Lopresti, Lehigh Univ. (United States)
A. Lawrence Spitz, DocRec Ltd. (New Zealand)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5676:
Document Recognition and Retrieval XII
Elisa H. Barney Smith; Kazem Taghva, Editor(s)

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