Nikon Image Camera Authentication System Broken

Russian security experts were able to brake Nikon’s camera Image Authentication System. Credibility of photographic evidence is essential when images shot with a camera are used as court evidence or insurance claims and journalistic work.
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Russian security company ElcomSoft discovered a way to extract the original image signing key from a Nikon DSLR cameras and while doing so produced and published a set of forged images that successfully pass validation with Nikon Image Authentication Software.

In late 2010, ElcomSoft performed a security analysis of Canon’s proprietary image authentication system. Similar to Nikon’s, the system was supposed to prove image authenticity in the eyes of the media, law enforcement, government, and business organizations. As demonstrated by ElcomSoft, a major security flaw exists in Canon’s implementation, which has not been addressed in any way even today, after half a year after discovery according to ElcomSoft blog.
More info can be found on elcomsoft website, the following press release. More fake images can be found on this page.
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Iddo Genuth

Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.

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