Billions of dollars have been made and lost in recent months based on screenshots of Roaring Kitty’s account balances1. These screenshots were widely circulated and discussed, yet they could have easily been doctored.

Creating a fake screenshot is incredibly simple. With a standard web browser, anyone can alter numbers and names to present false information. Below, I show how easily anyone can spoof a financial account to display an absurdly large balance (or anything else they please).

screenshot proofing demo

While screenshots can be a useful tool for quickly conveying information, they should never be considered irrefutable proof. Far from it, they mean just about nothing.

  1. Some examples can be found here, here, here, and here