Former NSA employee develops a font that is not recognized by automatic systems

Will the design be able to protect privacy and confidential information? This question was asked by a former employee of the US National Security Agency Sang Moon. And it looks like he managed to find the answer to this question.

Sang Moon decided to answer not in word, but in deed. The Korean designer has developed a whole series of new fonts called ZXX. The main goal is to thwart OCR algorithms used by Google and other companies to analyze text.

In total, Moon created four fonts: Camo, False, Noise and Xed - all of which went through a long process of development and testing. According to the designer himself, all the symbols look absolutely illegible for "computer vision", and at the same time remain readable by the human eye.

Matthew Green, professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University, believes that out of four fonts, only one can become more or less promising. Nevertheless, in his opinion, if the NSA really wants to recognize the encrypted data, then it will do it without unnecessary problems - after all, all letters have a static shape.

Moon himself also admits that the effectiveness of his typefaces is still limited. But he hopes the ZXX will be able to draw people's attention to the issue of digital surveillance and information privacy.