A few days before the latest Harry Potter novel was released, someone thought it was a good idea to photograph every page and upload the full copy of ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows’ onto BitTorrent. However, amazingly it seems that the ‘enterprising’ individual might be caught because many cameras add EXIF metadata to photos which can be traced.
I’m amazed as I never knew that this was the case with digital photos, but on second thoughts I’m not surprised. Apparently in the past hidden data has been used in word docs, PDF files and other formats to track leaks. To be honest I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of the info wasn’t inserted at the behest of our governments as part of the ‘war on terror’.
So, the next time you consider leaking a document (including 800 page dossiers containing F1 car performance data!) you might want to double-check that there isn’t information hidden away that will give away your identity!
BTW I’ve read the latest Harry Potter book and I thought it was fairly awful. There were long sections where absolutely nothing happened, and it seemed that Harry and his chums were sitting in a forest for weeks on end doing nothing, whilst there was no real explanation of what was going on in the wider world. I’m glad I don’t have any kids as I’m sure that the book wouldn’t capture their imagination, particularly if only a few chapters were read every night.
I was also disappointed that after reading in the 6 previous books what a nasty piece of work Lord Voldemort was when he was out in the wild, in the latest book where he was free to do his worst, we didn’t get to see him in action and there were just a few passing references to crimes against muggles.
And don’t get me started on the final confrontation between Harry and Lord Voldemort. After taking 7 books to build up to the final showdown, am I the only person who thought ‘is that it?’
Has anybody else managed to plow through the book? What were you final thoughts?