UMass Amherst
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Our Forensics Center is a partnership of UMass Amherst and Colleagues from across the nation in academia and law focused on digital and network forensics and privacy. Begun in 2010, our core mission is to develop and apply novel research and technology that addresses the interests of society, law, and government. In addition to fellow computer scientists, we work closely with partners at the UNH Crimes Against Children Research Center and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces in several states.

We seek to bring together partners across industry, government, and academia to advance scientific and societal understanding of the issues raised by digital forensics technologies and the privacy needs of citizens and consumers around the world. Please contact us to get involved with the Center.

We regularly publish new results on digital forensics, criminal investigation, and privacy. We are also active in transitioning our research to the field. Since 2009, our Center's research and technology, as used by investigators, has been the basis of over 12,000 cases of Internet-based child sexual exploitation in the US alone.



On Sept 17, 2015, Brian and other professors from UMass are hosting the New England Security Day, with talks and panels involving faculty from around the region.

Between April 2012 and August 2015, over 300 children were rescued from sexualy abusive situations by investigators using our forensics tools.

Our paper Sybil-Resistant Mixing for Bitcoin was presented by Pinar Ozisik at the ACM Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (November 2014).

Our paper Efficient Smart Phone Forensics Based on Relevance Feedback was presented by Robert Walls at the ACM Workshop on Security and Privacy in Smartphones and Mobile Devices (November 2014).

Our article Efficient Tagging of Remote Peers During Child Pornography Investigations has appeared in IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (September 2014).

Our paper Location Privacy without Carrier Cooperation was accepted and presented at the IEEE MoST 2014 workshop .

Our paper on Measurement Child Pornography Trafficking was runner-up for Best Paper at WWW 2013. Over 800 papers were submitted and 125 accepted to the conference.

Brian Levine is giving a Keynote talk at SYSTOR 2013 Conference in Haifa, Israel, held in cooperation with USENIX and the Technion Center of Excellence (TCE) this June. The talk will be on "Fighting Internet-based Sexual Exploitation Crimes Against Children".

We were honored to have our work referenced in a very important January 2013 New York Times Magazine article on victim restitution.

The United States Sentencing Commission's Report to Congress: Federal Child Pornography Offenses contains many references to our research, including Robert Walls' paper on "Effective Digital Forensics".

Our work was featured in the Dept. of Justice's National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction: A Report to Congress.