Oh Noes! Harry Potter Hacked?
(Potential spoilers in the following link. Don’t click if you don’t to be potentially spoiled, although it’s too late for John, he’s already spoiled.)
It’s started. The last book is rapidly approaching and some people just can’t wait to see what happens, for their own reason. According to The Inquirer, a ‘hax0r’ has supposedly hacked into publisher Bloomsbury’s computer system and got a peek at the manuscript for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. This was accomplished using a ‘milw0rm’ email exploit. Well, well known to hackers and such.
I’m not sure what to think about this. It could be a hoax. This is the reason given for the hack:
Alarmed by the Potter’s undermining of the Christian faith and disturbed by its “Neo Paganism”, the hackers say they made the spoiler “to make reading of the upcoming book useless and boring.”
I may be going out on a limb, but I’m guessing that most hackers don’t give a damn about Harry Potter and his Neo Paganism. This reasoning set off the ‘hoax’ bells for me. I could be wrong. There could be a group of l33t, fundamentalist Christian hackers just salivating at the chance to spoil the last Potter book for everyone. In which case, he/she/they is/are idiots. But again, the fact that this was posted on an security focused web site leads me to think, again, they did this to pump themselves up.
How did they know which person to send the email to? How did they know where the manuscript was kept? Just some of the questions that arise. The Inquirer is awaiting word back from Bloomsbury about the alleged hack.
If this is true, the people responsible are sad, pathetic excuses for a human being, and should be forced from their mother’s basement in shame. But they won’t be, as that would require having social skills.
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