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Harry Potter photo-leaker might be busted through metadata

Posted by kiwiscanfly on July 20, 2007

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Techno-forensics may reveal the identity of the anonymous person who photographed every page of the new Harry Potter book and put it online. The EXIF metadata attached to the photos is easy to alter, remove or forge, but if the metadata attached to the uploaded photos is correct, then the serial number of the camera is now known. Canon speculates that the camera owner likely had the device serviced during its lifetime, which would create a connection between the serial number and a person (though that person may not own the camera any longer).

The information, known as Exchangeable Image File Format (Exif) data, has already revealed that the camera used was a Canon Rebel 350. Because the model is three years old, the device would likely have been serviced at least once since it was purchased, in which case the owner’s name would be known.

Link (Thanks, Ian!)


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