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.

16 Comments on "New Software Busts Photoshop Fakery"

  1. Soooo, it looks at EXIF data…?

  2. Soooo, it looks at EXIF data…?

  3. Liam_McGonagle | Sep 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm |

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

    Well, metaphorically anyhow.

  4. Liam_McGonagle | Sep 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm |

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

    Well, metaphorically anyhow.

    • Matt Staggs | Sep 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm |

       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!!!

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

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

  7. 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)

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

      Wow, that only took 15 years…

  8. Will keep in mind for my pirate bay collection then 😉

  9. not needed you can always tell by the pixels 

  10. not needed you can always tell by the pixels 

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