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New Harry Potter book on BitTorrent

US mag confirms Deathly Hallows leak

Pictures of every single page of JK Rowling's latest book – 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' - appear to be available on BitTorrent days before the book goes on sale.

According to the website TorrentFreak.com the book is available as two files from BitTorrent.

"Over the past couple of weeks, numerous torrents have surfaced online claiming to be the 7th and last Harry Potter book. They are all fakes. Fan fiction. This one, on the other hand, is the real thing," says a note on the site. "Someone has managed to get their hands on the American edition of the book and has photographed each page of the book and uploaded it to BitTorrent."

PC Advisor’s sister title PC World US has confirmed a book that appears to be ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ is available. PC World looked at the first ten pages and said that if it is a fraud it's a very convincing one.

The posting comes days before the book goes on sale at 12:01am on July 21.

The download of the apparent pirated version of the book is made up of 759 poor-quality JPEG images. The pages are pictures (not pages scanned with a flatbed scanner) of the book lying open on rug with a hand holding the spine of the book open.

Good luck squinting to read them off a computer screen. You'll be needing glasses twice as thick as Harry Potters' by the time you're finished.

In an interesting development it appears that the person who took the pictures of the book left his camera meta info attached to the image files. This is significant because with the camera metadata you can extrapolate the serial number of the camera. And with that information and time authorities could track down who took the pictures.

See also:

Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix game review.

www.pcworld.com


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