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    Spotting Faked Identities via Mouse Dynamics Using Complex Questions

    HCI 2018

    Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2018)

    Belfast, UK, 4 - 6 July 2018


    Merylin Monaro, Luciano Gamberini & Guiseppe Sartori



    The increment of criminals, including terrorists, crossing international borders using faked identities is a crucial issue. This paper validates a computerized technique to spot people who declare false identity information. Forty participants were asked to answer complex questions about their identity, clicking with the mouse on the correct alternative response on the computer screen. Half of the participants answered truthfully, while the others were instructed to lie. As long as the subject responded to questions, mouse dynamics were recorded. Because lying is cognitively demanding, liars had fewer cognitive resources available to analyse complex questions and to compute the response. As result, they showed a bad performance in the task compared with truth-tellers, revealing a greater number of errors, slower reaction times and larger mouse trajectories. Different machine learning classifiers were trained by a cross validation procedure, achieving a classification accuracy up to 90% in detecting liars.


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