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Development of an efficient steganalysis framework for uncovering hidden data in digital media.

Objective

Criminals and terrorists use more and more data hiding methods (steganography) for concealing incriminating information in innocent-looking digital media files such as images, video, audio, and text files. UNCOVERs main objective is to fill existing gaps in the ability of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) for detecting the presence of such hidden information (i.e. steganalysis). To carry out a full investigation into criminal and terrorist activities, LEAs currently use available (commercial) tools to detect hidden information in collected digital media. However, these tools detect only a limited number of hiding methods, are slow, and offer no indication of confidence. Moreover, many commercial tools lag a decade behind the scientific state-of-the-art. The members of UNCOVER are committed to bridge these gaps and thus substantially increase the technological autonomy of LEAs in the field of digital media steganalysis. With its consortium of 22 partners including LEAs, forensic institutes, leading researchers working at universities and research institutions, as well as industrial companies, UNCOVER sets out to outperform available steganalysis solutions in terms of performance (number of detectable steganographic methods, detection accuracy), usability, operational needs, privacy protection, and chain-of-custody considerations. The developed detection and investigation tools will be integrated into a flexible and user-friendly platform. End-users play a key role throughout the project cycle: from proposal writing over analysis of user requirements and tools development through the final evaluation. In particular, regular feedback cycles with LEAs, forensics institutes and external stakeholders will ensure that the developed solutions can be integrated into the daily criminal investigation pipeline of LEAs. A set of clearly defined Key Performance Indicators allows an objective evaluation of progress and end results against the defined objectives.

Call for proposal

H2020-SU-SEC-2020
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Coordinator

ECOLE ROYALE MILITAIRE - KONINKLIJKE MILITAIRE SCHOOL
Address
Avenue De La Renaissance 30
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 607 750

Participants (21)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 367 850
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE TROYES
France
EU contribution
€ 420 000
Address
Rue Marie Curie 12
10004 Troyes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 465 500
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 131 500
Address
Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
160 00 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE VIGO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 335 500
Address
Lg Campus Lagoas Marcosende
36310 Vigo Pontevedra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 610 437,50
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
39106 Magdeburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AVAST SOFTWARE S.R.O.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 225 900
Address
Pikrtova 1737/1A
140 00 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION CENTRO TECNOLOXICO DE TELECOMUNICACIONS DE GALICIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 350 062,50
Address
Lagoas Marcosende
36330 Vigo
Activity type
Research Organisations
BUNDESKRIMINALAMT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 96 040
Address
Am Treptower Park 5-8
12435 Berlin
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
GOBIERNO VASCO - DEPARTAMENTO SEGURIDAD
Spain
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Calle Donostia-san Sebastian, 1
01010 Vitoria-gasteiz
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
NATIONAAL INSTITUUT VOOR CRIMINALISTIEK EN CRIMINOLOGIE - INSTITUT NATIONAL DE CRIMINALISTIQUE ET DE CRIMINOLOGIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 303 000
Address
Vilvoordsestenweg 100
1120 Brussel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Netherlands Forensic Institute
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 273 500
Address
Laan Van Ypenburg 6
2490 AA The Hague
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
POLISMYNDIGHETEN SWEDISH POLICE AUTHORITY
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 153 250
Address
Polhemsgatan 30
10226 Stockholm
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ETHICAL & LEGAL PLUS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 249 500
Address
Avda De La Universidad Edificio Quorum 4
03202 Elche
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES SIX GTS FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 719 035
Address
Avenue Des Louvresses 4
92230 Gennevilliers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ZENTRALE STELLE FÜR INFORMATIONSTECHNIK IM SICHERHEITSBEREICH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 684 295
Address
Zamdorfer Strasse 88
81677 Munich
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE NATIONAL POLICE OF THE NETHERLANDS
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 62 562,50
Address
Nieuwe Uitleg 1
2595 CC The Hague
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
SYNYO GmbH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 348 750
Address
Otto-bauer-gasse 5/14
1060 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MINISTERE DE L'INTERIEUR
France
EU contribution
€ 70 500
Address
Place Beauvau
75800 Paris
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
SUNERIS SOLUTION
France
EU contribution
€ 204 085
Address
6 Rue Dewoitine
78140 Velizy-villacoublay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Finland
EU contribution
€ 50 500
Address
Jokiniemenkuja 4
01370 Vantaa
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)