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Harold Gough
29th June 2018, 11:37 AM
https://www.grahamcluley.com/reality-winner-pleads-guilty-after-being-unmasked-by-microdots/

Harold

Naughty Nigel
29th June 2018, 12:16 PM
So it looks like I will have to revert to cutting words and letters from newspapers for my ransom demands then. :D

TimP
30th June 2018, 08:32 AM
This (printer ID by embedded micro dots) is hardly new, I can remember it being discussed at least 20 years ago.
Isn’t there a printer font thats made up of ransom note type newspaper clippings?

TimP
30th June 2018, 12:23 PM
Interesting read:

https://qz.com/1002927/computer-printers-have-been-quietly-embedding-tracking-codes-in-documents-for-decades/

John

PS: If you do a search for "ransom fonts" the results are surprising :)

As I suspected on both counts although 2004 for the embedded tracking codes seems a bit more recent than my admittedly failing memory would have guessed. I imagine the ransom fonts have been around since font designing programs have been readily available.