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To fight cybercrime, UB engineers match photos to smartphones

An article on Vox’s The Verge 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 in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
“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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