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MFPs anti-counterfeiting measures toughen up

July 18, 2007

Last time we tested similar MFP systems, we found that they adhered to federal anti-counterfeiting guidelines that recommended overlaying all color jobs with the machine's serial number, encoded in big yellow dots. The dots were almost invisible, but not quite... Of course, many anti-counterfeiting measures may never be known, in the interest of keeping those secrets out of criminals' hands. That inherent secrecy caught the eye of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has concerns about some of the anti-counterfeiting measures and the practice of printing encoded information -- including those aforementioned yellow dots -- onto documents to identify the printer that created them.

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