Adobe and other makers of image-manipulation programs have, at the behest of a little-known group of national banks, inserted secret technology
into their programs to foil counterfeiting, the companies acknowledged this week.
The code to detect such images came from the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group, a low-profile association representing the national banks from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
While this step might seem extreme to some -- asking generic software to enforce social policy -- casual counterfeiting is a big problem these days given the advances in desktop scanning, image manipulation, and low-cost color printing. Wired Magazine profiled p-notes phenomenon
a couple of years ago.