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How Futura Became The Most Ripped-Off Typeface In History

Companies from Best Buy to Forever 21 use Futura, but probably not the original. That’s because it has been endlessly reimagined, imitated, and blatantly ripped off.

Thanks to MrMild, our Chief Investigative Typographer, for bringing this article to our attention. It’s a bit breathless, but still a fun read for lovers of type.

Source: How Futura Became The Most Ripped-Off Typeface In History | Co.Design

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Meet the Font Detectives Who Ferret Out Fakery

A quiet side business among typography experts is every kerning nerd’s dream job—and a surprisingly high-stakes game.

Thanks to a certain retired writer from up North for sending us this article about lawsuits that turn on font identification — and the font experts who are hired to testify.

Source: Meet the Font Detectives Who Ferret Out Fakery | Backchannel

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A fake font download installs malware on your computer

One of the most common malware campaigns from compromised websites is known as EITest and has traditionally been redirecting victims towards exploit kits. But it also has an alternate payload for browsers other than Internet Explorer, specifically for Google Chrome, where it tricks users into downloading a fake font file.

Source: A story of fonts by the EITest HoeflerText campaign – Malwarebytes Labs

Hat tip to our Internet Security Correspondent “Mr Mild.”