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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Lookee what the Electronic Frontier Foundation done found:
Secret Code in Color Printers Lets Government Track You

Tiny Dots Show Where and When You Made Your Print

San Francisco - A research team led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently broke the code behind tiny tracking dots that some color laser printers secretly hide in every document.

The U.S. Secret Service admitted that the tracking information is part of a deal struck with selected color laser printer manufacturers, ostensibly to identify counterfeiters. However, the nature of the private information encoded in each document was not previously known.
The article has links to a list of printers they've researched as well as how to see the dots (of course, it's not easy).

The Secret Service quickly admitted to it, which sort of tells me that they're telling the truth about how it's only currently used to fight counterfeit. "What," you're saying. "You believe the gub'ment?" First of all, the "code" was easy enough for an EFF intern to crack. Second, I truly believe that if the gub'ment wanted this to remain a secret badly enough, this post would be about how some mysterious worm destroyed all of the EFF's computers, instead of dots. Which may yet happen, as people discover more ways your technology can rat you out.


B said...

Of course, it's the yellow ink. I thought you knew that already.

Finally, I was ahead of the Bizarro. YES!!!! *marks calander* :)