Like a bullet to a gun, scientists can match a photo to the phone that took it

Published December 15, 2017

An article on Yahoo News Canada reports UB researchers have discovered a way to identify smartphones by analyzing just a single photo taken by the device, and quotes Kui Ren, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor of Computer Science and Engineering.

“Like snowflakes, no two smartphones are the same. Each device, regardless of the manufacturer or make, can be identified through a pattern of microscopic imaging flaws that are present in every picture they take,” he said. “It’s kind of like matching bullets to a gun, only we’re matching photos to a smartphone camera.”

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Articles also appeared on news outlets that include Digital Trends, Tech Site, Yahoo News UK, Android Authority and Science Daily.