New Software Busts Photoshop Fakery

Via NY Times:

A college professor and former Adobe executive have launched a start-up whose first product will likely strike fear into the hearts of hoaxers everywhere: FourMatch. The program is designed to discover signs that an image has been altered by the popular image editing software Photoshop. The program’s creators envision law enforcement and photography professionals to be FourMatch’s primary customers. Here’s how it works:

Fourandsix’s downloadable software, FourMatch, determines the likelihood that an image has been altered by comparing the digital “signature” of an image with a database of more than 70,000 known signatures for cameras, smartphones, software and online services, from social networks like Facebook to photo-storing sites like Picasa. The software tells the user if an image matches a known signature or has been modified by software and can suggest how extensive the alteration may have been. FourMatch works as an extension to Photoshop.

FourMatch sounds like it could be useful, but how long will it take for someone to invent another program to defeat it?

Read more at NY Times.

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  • Stuffy20

    Soooo, it looks at EXIF data…?

  • Stuffy20

    Soooo, it looks at EXIF data…?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Good thing they didn’t release those Osama pics then.  Dodged a bullet there.

    Well, metaphorically anyhow.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Good thing they didn’t release those Osama pics then.  Dodged a bullet there.

    Well, metaphorically anyhow.

    • Matt Staggs

       Liam, you are responsible for some of the biggest laughs I’ve had here at disinfo…often at things that I probably shouldn’t be chuckling about in the first place!!!

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Merci beaucoups, chief.  And likewise!

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Merci beaucoups, chief.  And likewise!

  • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

    How long until we can apply it to official NASA photographs….

  • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

    How long until we can apply it to official NASA photographs….

    • Matt Staggs

       I think a license for the software runs around $900. It could be fun to tackle all sorts of “official” photos.

      • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

        Will keep in mind for my pirate bay collection then ;)

  • http://twitter.com/alizardx A.Lizard

    I want to see something like this for Linux GIMP (which I am delighted to report *does* now have a GUI useful for normal people)

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      “which I am delighted to report *does* now have a GUI useful for normal people”

      Wow, that only took 15 years…

  • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

    Will keep in mind for my pirate bay collection then ;)

  • Remote

    not needed you can always tell by the pixels 

  • Remote

    not needed you can always tell by the pixels 

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