On robustness of camera identification algorithms

Jarosław Bernacki
2020 Multimedia tools and applications  
In this paper we consider the problem of a privacy threat enabling tracing digital cameras by the analysis of pictures they produced. As thousands of images are processed at a mass scale, the threat may apply to most users of digital cameras. We consider a state-of-theart algorithm for digital camera identification proposed in Lucas et al. (IEEE Trans Inf Forensics Secur 1(2): [205][206][207][208][209][210][211][212][213][214] 2006) and discuss strategies that can be used to bypass it, in order
more » ... to make information about the camera unavailable. It turns out that many natural strategies like Gaussian blur, adding artificial noise or removing pixels' least significant bit from the image does not prevent the identification of a camera unless a huge loss of image details is suffered. On the other hand, we show a method to bypass the camera identification with a just marginally more complex, yet not intuitive, method namely cropping the image on the edges and resizing to the original size using Lanczos resampling.
doi:10.1007/s11042-020-09133-9 fatcat:avzsbuqxcra4zggffb76lk4r5e