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EPSRC Reference: EP/N024192/1
Title: SEEK (Steganalytic vidEo-rEsearch frameworK)
Principal Investigator: Hernandez-Castro, Professor J
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Department: Sch of Computing
Organisation: University of Kent
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 21 April 2016 Ends: 20 April 2019 Value (£): 273,996
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Digital Signal Processing Image & Vision Computing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
EP/N028554/1
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
15 Mar 2016 EPSRC ICT Prioritisation Panel - Mar 2016 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form


The proposed research project aims to discover whether videos uploaded and exchanged by terrorists and sympathizers contain hidden data, and to recover any such data if this was the case for gathering intelligence on their plans and operations.

For that, we will create a high performance and scalable video steganalysis tool called SEEK (Steganalytic vidEo rEsearch frameworK).

The tool will be at the core of a system capable of locating, collecting, analyzing, and sanitizing videos shared on the Internet by terrorists or their affiliates.

While primarily aimed at helping counter terrorism and law enforcement, with a primary objective of significantly enhancing UK security, the outcomes of the SEEK proposal will also benefit a number of other disciplines and activities.

We will contribute to the UK digital economy by improving the security of companies in general and video hosting or sharing sites in particular.

For instance, some of SEEKs outputs will directly help companies eliminate any hidden data in any video, and detect and stop data loss when video steganography is used by cyber criminals to exfiltrate stolen data stealthily, which is becoming an increasingly common practice.

SEEK also has some potential as a business venture expanding as steganalysis as a service (including analysis of other media), which could create jobs and bring unique technological expertise in the UK.
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