A new technique for identifying whether images are derived from a common imager, e.g., a camera, or other imaging device such as a scanner, based on the device's measured or inferred reference noise pattern, a unique stochastic characteristic of all common digital imaging sensors, including CCD, CMOS (Foveon.TM. X3), and JFET. The measured or inferred noise pattern of two images may be extracted and then cross correlated, with a high correlation being consistent with a common imager. Various preprocessing techniques may be used to improve tolerance to various types of image transform. It is also possible to perform the analysis without explicit separation of inferred image and inferred noise.

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