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Cryptic Typeface Throws Off Prying NSA Eyes

Cryptic Typeface Throws Off Prying NSA Eyes
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These fonts are artistically camouflaged to be undecipherable to software scanning systems.

Keerthana Jagadeesh
  • 2 july 2013

In the light of Snowden revealing that the US government was gathering private information from sites like Facebook and Google, netizens, activists and the even people living under a rock are now concerned about online privacy. To combat this, Sang Mun has devised a font typeface that prevents your data from being deciphered by the NSA.

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Sang Mun worked as a contractor with the US NSA when he was in military service in Korea. Mun was shocked at how easily it was for the government to access people’s data so he started looking for ways people could hide their data from artificial intelligence. So he started to develop a typeface that would be undecipherable by a text scanning software. He created ZXX, a typeface that thwarts prying software eyes with its four illegible styles: Camo, Noise, False and Xed.

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The fonts look like they’re created with design aesthetics in mind- the Camo, for example, is stylistically camouflaged in a military fashion. The False typeface lends a ‘false’ identity to its characters- for example, A is used to denote C, B to denote Y and 0 to denote 9. In this manner, the fonts are meant to confuse software scanners.

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However, Mun admits that his typeface is not enough to conceal your data from the government since the NSA obviously uses software that pries into several areas to gather information. So, the typeface isn’t really about hiding information as much as it is for making the common Microsoft Word user aware of the government’s Big Brother eyes.

The fonts are avaliable for free download here.

Watch the typeface’s privacy features demonstrated in this video below:

Sang Mun

 

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