Exposing fraudulent digital images
We tend to believe what we see. But in the digital age, images are easily manipulated and this can cause problems for fraud investigators. The article describes how images may be altered and the techniques and processes we can use to spot pictures that have been modified.With the right tools and training, exposing doctored images in fraud investigations is now not only financially and technically viable, but urgently necessary.
Trust? Can You Really Trust An Image?
If fake images are widespread on social and traditional media then how do we know it isn’t also affecting police and court investigations? After all, if members of the public are prepared to manipulate images for the sake of a few likes and retweets, what will they be prepared to resort to when the stakes are much higher?
Can you trust what you show in Court?
Is the Criminal Justice System naive to believe that fake images do not end up being displayed in court and presented as truth? Even if it is a rarity now, we need to think of the future. To start with, we must ask ourselves, “Can we rely on the image we see before us? Has it been authenticated?”
From cameras to the court: How to make full video integration a reality
David Spreadborough, a regular expert witness in criminal investigations, charts the technical history of bringing CCTV images to court and provides an insight into the challenges associated with preparing surveillance images as evidence.
Altered images: The challenge of identifying fake photographs
Fake photographs have been around for almost as long as the camera, but in a digital age of photography the ability to alter images has never been easier. EU Forensic Video Expert David Spreadborough examines the current challenges surrounding authenticating images. Thanks to the latest administration in the USA, the term "fake news" has become a popular method of explanation to an event created within social media.
Digital apps hold key to investigations, say developers
Alan Osborn writes about the strong interest shown at the Forensics Europe Expo, by the Trieste, Italy-based company Amped Software, whose technology enables the analysis, enhancement, and authentication of images and video. Amped told FI how it's very easy to alter an image and change the context and the meaning of that image, but hiding the artifacts that are left behind is much harder.
Amped Software Partners with CameraForensics to Enhance Camera Search Capabilities
Amped Software has partnered with CameraForensics to offer a camera search capability within Amped Authenticate. The partnership means users can more efficiently analyze digital photographs and determine if a picture is an original coming from a specific make and model or if it has been processed using image editing software.
Who's the real end user?
It's not enough to install - and in the correct places - CCTV; you need to know what to do with the footage you gather. For one thing, as Dave Spreadbourough pointed out to Professional Security, often the real end user of the CCTV - someone investigating a crime or other incident - is using footage from cameras that were fitted for a different purpose.
Ex-officer says imaging software can help growing 'question' of authenticity
Amped Software tells Police Oracle how Amped Authenticate, which can be automated to run thousands of images, is designed to help law enforcement underpin the veracity of images submitted to them externally, allowing officers to apply the appropriate level of 'weight' to evidence.
Interview with David Spreadborough, International Trainer, Amped Software
Forensic Focus has a chat with Amped to discuss the importance of image authentication and how Amped Authenticate helps you identify signs of manipulation in images.
Unscrambling Pixels: Forensic Science Is Not Forensic Fiction
Martino Jerian explains why many algorithms, including Google’s new AI system, are not suitable for forensic use on images and videos and although there have been major improvements in technologies, deep learning, and image processing, just because something looks good, it does not mean it is good.
David Spreadborough, Amped’s international trainer and forensic video analyst, outlines how the role of a forensic video analyst is a little more than just special Hollywood effects.
Challenges, opportunities and synergies – a chat with Martino Jerian, Founder and Ceo of Amped Software
Griffeye has a chat with Martino to discuss what needs Amped Software fills in the market, what direction the company will be taking in the next couple of years, and how the partnership with Griffeye benefits the forensic community.
The Complete Workflow of Forensic Image and Video Analysis
Forensic video analysis is not only simply copying and looking at files. The complete workflow is broad and complex and there are many steps that are commonly missed and rarely taken into account.
Cluj Police Can Identify Criminals Caught on Camera Easier with Amped Software
Cluj County Police Inspectorate (IPJ) presented Amped FIVE at Cluj Napoca City Hall, after Mayor Emil Boc said the software has made processing images from surveillance cameras and identifying criminals or license plates, easier and faster in Romania.
Can You Get That License Plate?
When analyzing surveillance videos we can either solve the problem very quickly or understand (even quicker) that there is no information to recover from the video. The article describes some tests that can be done to quickly tell if you can get that license plate.
Darlene Batista Alvar from Amped Software looks at the growing world of digital multimedia evidence and the challenges investigators face in gathering the evidence.
Interview with Martino Jerian, Founder and CEO, Amped Software
Scar de Courcier catches up with Martino to find out what lead him to found the company, what are the main forensic challenges surrounding image validation and what the future holds for Amped Software.