Metadata based forensic analysis of digital information in the web

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Abstract

With the dramatic increase in social networking and online activities, security and privacy issues have become highly significant. At its base social networking relies on the ability of users to place information in a website and share that information with other users. In this paper we have investigated different types of metadata that are commonly available with the digital objects such as photos and documents that are available in the Internet. We have analyzed different types of metadata information generated by camera and smart phone devices that are used to capture and store digital photos in the web. We have used our analysis to develop heuristics rules which can be used to improve the quality of decision making in forensic investigations. We have also highlighted that such metadata information can be easily used by attackers to further their aims. Finally we have emphasized the need to protect the metadata if they are to provide reliable information for forensic investigations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance (ASIA 2012) and 5th Secure Knowledge Management Conference (SKM 2012)
Place of PublicationALBANY, NY
PublisherUniversity of Albany
Pages9-15
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAnnual Symposium on Information Assurance (7th : 2012) and Secure Knowledge Management Conference (5th : 2012) - Albany, NY
Duration: 5 Jun 20126 Jun 2012

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Symposium on Information Assurance (7th : 2012) and Secure Knowledge Management Conference (5th : 2012)
CityAlbany, NY
Period5/06/126/06/12

Keywords

  • Evidence Mining
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Metadata
  • Web Investigation

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