|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] [Fwd: [Politics] What Else is Tucked Away in ROM?]
Did you read that in 1995 50% of all fifty's in circulation in the US
On Sat, 2004-10-02 at 01:52, Mike Richardson - NYLXS PRESIDENT wrote:
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> Date: Sat, 02 Oct 2004 01:39:50 -0400
> From: Michael L. Richardson
> To: michael-nylxs
> Subject: [Fwd: [Politics] What Else is Tucked Away in ROM?]
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> > From: Martin T. Focazio
> > To: politics-at-lists.mx2pro.com
> > Subject: [Politics] What Else is Tucked Away in ROM?
> > Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 15:26:31 -0400
> > Interesting....tucked into the ROM of imaging devices of all kinds is
> > a money detector...
> > http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/10/01/copying.dollars.ap/index.html
> > WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government will offer over the Internet
> > low-quality images of its new $50 bill for artists, students and
> > others who discover that their computers, scanners or printers won't
> > allow them to view or copy pictures of the new currency.
> > Uncle Sam is making sure that computers won't cooperate with would-be
> > counterfeiters -- even as it tries to accommodate consumers who
> > legitimately want or need images of the currency.
> > The government said it also will consider individual requests for
> > higher-quality images -- such as might be used in commercial art
> > projects.
> > The low-quality images, suitable for school projects and other uses,
> > will be available free at www.moneyfactory.com, a Web site run by the
> > Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The new $50 bill was introduced
> > this week.
> > "There is no limit on the ways that people may use images of
> > currency. What we don't want is people whipping currency out of their
> > pockets and making copies," said Eugenie Foster, cash project leader
> > in the Federal Reserve Board's division of reserve bank operations
> > and payment systems.
> > Making these digital copies is getting harder, thanks to secretive
> > anti-counterfeiting technology built into some popular consumer
> > hardware and software products at the request of government
> > regulators and international bankers.
> > The technology detects and blocks attempts to view, scan or print
> > copies of the redesigned $20 and $50 bills and, in a pop-up window,
> > urges consumers to visit a Web site, www.rulesforuse.org, to learn
> > about international counterfeit laws.
> > The technology, known as the Counterfeit Deterrence System, was
> > designed by a consortium of 27 central banks in the United States,
> > England, Japan, Canada and across the European Union, the Central
> > Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group.
> > Its broad adoption represents one of the rare occasions when the U.S.
> > technology industry has quietly agreed to requests by government and
> > finance officials to include third-party software code in commercial
> > products. Most companies have never publicly revealed to customers
> > they include such counterfeit protections in products.
> > Precisely how the technology works is a mystery. The U.S. government
> > keeps its inner workings a closely guarded secret, arguing that
> > disclosing too much information could help counterfeiters circumvent
> > protections.
> > It also has declined to identify which companies have agreed to add
> > the technology in their products, although Kodak, Xerox, Adobe
> > Systems, Ulead Systems and Hewlett-Packard are among those known to
> > use it. The European Union is considering a proposal to require all
> > software companies to include such anti-counterfeit technology.
> > "We are very pleased with the amount of cooperation we've gotten,"
> > said Foster, who serves as U.S. representative to the international
> > anti-counterfeit group. "Most (companies) have recognized that
> > counterfeit currency is a threat to their customers and the public."
> > The Federal Reserve earlier this year denied a request and an appeal
> > by The Associated Press under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act to
> > learn some details about the system. The AP, which first revealed the
> > program's existence in January, sought to learn whether the
> > technology surreptitiously tracks consumers who try to copy bills,
> > which U.S. agencies and private vendors built it, and how much it
> > cost.
> > The reserve's board of governors told the AP it located a stack of
> > papers 52 inches tall about the mysterious technology but agreed to
> > release only 14 pages. It said the other documents represented trade
> > secrets, internal letters or law enforcement procedures that couldn't
> > be disclosed under the information act.
> > One document obtained by the AP, a 1998 U.S. government business
> > solicitation, mandated that "any color printer must include a tracing
> > system that encodes system identification in any output. This will
> > tie the output to the originating equipment so that forensic
> > identification of the equipment is possible in the event of illegal
> > printing of currency images due to failure or circumvention of the
> > recognition system(s)...."
> > Other papers turned over to the AP said the anti-counterfeit
> > technology "does not have the capacity to track the use of a personal
> > computer or digital imaging tool."
> > Foster also said the technology doesn't trace attempts to copy bills.
> > "The only thing this system does is prevent someone from making a
> > copy of a currency note," she said. "It does not trace or report back
> > any information about the individual."
> > Foster said the counterfeit protections built into consumer products
> > recognize only the newly redesigned $20 and $50 bills, but upcoming
> > changes to other currencies also will be expected to trigger the
> > system.
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