Recaptured Images Are a Good Way to Fool Forensic Analysts… but Not those Equipped with Amped Authenticate!

Hello dear Amped Blog readers, welcome to this week’s Tip Tuesday. Today we’ll be dealing with one of the most sneaky kinds of fakes: recaptured images. A recaptured image is a “picture of a picture”: you display your (possibly forged) image on a screen, or you print it on paper, and then you take a picture of it. This apparently naive approach is much more clever than it seems: the obtained image will be a “camera original” image to all extents, so it will likely pass every test based on metadata/format analysis. Are we left alone against this subtle threat? Of course not, Amped Authenticate is here to help. Let’s find out how.

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Amped FIVE’s Motion Detection: the way to skip the noise and focus on the action!

Hi Amped Blog readers, welcome to this week’s Tuesday Tip! Although we do our best to make you love our Amped FIVE, we are still aware that you may have better things to do in your life than enhancing videos… so, what really makes us happy is to help you get the job done in the least amount of time! That’s why this week we’ll focus on how Amped FIVE’s Motion Detection filter can save you lots of time during triage.

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Amped Authenticate’s “Show Saturation” Feature Saves You from April Fools!

April Fools’ Day has just passed and we hope you didn’t go through any nasty trick! Alas, for people working with digital evidence, the risk of getting fooled by some ambiguous finding is always around the corner. In the case of digital image forensics, among the most frequent pitfalls, we find false positives produced by forgery localization algorithms (that is, when an algorithm marks as manipulated a region that was not so). Today’s Tuesday Tip deals with them and shows how Amped Authenticate helps you rule out some of them.

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Did you know Amped FIVE lets you work with hindsight?

Hello Amped friends, welcome to this week’s Tip Tuesday! Today we’ll focus on a feature that is intrinsically part of Amped FIVE since always but is often overlooked by users. I’m talking about the possibility of changing parameters of a filter that lays at the beginning of a long chain while watching the effect on the final output. The “while” in the previous sentence is not incidental… it can save you lots of time and help you reach much better results! Let’s see what this is about.

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Is your image embedded in a PDF file? No worries, Amped Authenticate can handle that!

Welcome to this week’s Tip Tuesday! Today we are showing you an interesting, perhaps a bit hidden, functionality of Amped Authenticate. There is no need to introduce the PDF file format: it is surely the most widespread format for sharing digital documents. Therefore, it may easily happen that you have to deal with a PDF containing images and that some of them get questioned.

What would you do in such a case (after realizing that if you drag-and-drop the PDF into Amped Authenticate, nothing happens, because it’s not an image file)? Would you take a screen capture of the picture and work with that? “Nooo!” – I hope you said! Screenshots are evil for image forensics! Ok, you would get some pixels to work with, but you would lose all metadata, you would lose encoding properties, you could be recompressing data… That means you cannot check image integrity, and finding manipulations becomes much harder. No, there’s a better way of dealing with images embedded in PDFs, and we’ll show you how!

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See you at the Digital Investigations Conference in Vienna

On March 20, the Amped team is heading to Vienna, Austria for the DIC (Digital Investigations Conference).

The conference is a platform for computer forensics experts and vendors, partners and sponsors working in the areas of Digital Investigations and E-Discovery. It offers independent lectures and workshops to develop technical skills and to learn more about software and hardware solutions in the market. The event will focus on law enforcement, government and military, businesses, law firms, consultants and academic organizations.

Come by our booth to learn about Amped Software’s full line of solutions that have been developed to assist an entire organization with all investigations, starting from the field, up to the forensic lab, and then to the courtroom.

And don’t miss our presentation scheduled from 11:45-12:30 in Lecture Hall 50 where you will learn more about Amped Software’s Ecosystem for Forensic Image and Video Analysis.

For more info about the event click here.

See you there!

VeriFIVE your files (aka “How to hash-check files in your Amped FIVE project”)

As you smart forensic analysts have undoubtedly noticed, last week there was no Tip Tuesday. Did we forget? Well, not really… We just realized that no Tip could stand the bright light shone by last Tuesday’s great announcement: the launch of Amped Replay, Amped Software’s newest solution for investigators and frontline officers! If you happened to miss that news read more about it here!

After that, you can enjoy this week’s Tip Tuesday!

If you are working in the digital forensic field, you are certainly aware of the importance of data integrity. Ensuring data integrity means to verify that the information you are working on remains unaltered during the whole process (including transmission and storage of data).

Unfortunately, when it comes to digital images and videos, integrity is more threatened than with other types of files. For example, if you rotate an image using your OS default photo viewer and then close it, the file will likely be overwritten without any advice. While in many cases the changes made to pixels may be “negligible”, the file will still change… which means its hash value will be different. And we know this could invalidate your whole analysis (in the end, another analyst cannot know why the hash is different, it’s just different).

At Amped, we take data integrity very seriously. Our software never overwrites nor moves the evidence file you are working with. But there’s more:
Amped FIVE provides you with a seamless way of checking data integrity straight inside your project. And this Tuesday’s Tip tells you how!

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Amped Replay: The Enhanced Video Player for Modern Policing

Today we have launched Amped Replay, our enhanced video player for modern policing.

You can find all the usual details in the press release and more info on the product webpages. What I want to add here, though, is some background information about the why and how of this new product.

I believe Amped Replay may be the most important product launch since the initial Amped FIVE release in 2008. Maybe even more than that, since it widens our scope as a company. Continue reading