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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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8 Comments on Oh Noes! Harry Potter Hacked?

  1. VxPhobos // June 21, 2007 at 2:47 pm //

    I read the post and quite honestly I simply do not think it genuine. But that is me.

    What this reeks to me of is simple fishing for info. I mean if the publisher comes out (not that they would, but nobody said this was not a long shot) and says not they did not break in, and that is not what happened, you can bet that somebody is going to come and say that he hacked it and in fact it was Ron, or Hagrid or somebody else who got killed or lived or something. Than they have to deny it all over again. Not that it would happen but still its people like this that really make you wonder. And that last line in the post seems like total BS.

  2. VxPhobos // June 21, 2007 at 2:49 pm //

    I meant the hacker post, NOT the fine post on this site.

  3. *Turns down his Marylin Manson music*

    Good for them! Thank goodness Harry Potter won’t be corrupting my religious views any longer! Whew!

    *Flips over to KISS*

    I was really worried. I mean, man-o-man, after that first coupla’ books came out? If I wasn’t Wingardium Leviosa’ing all over the place, I tell you whut!

    *plays Grand Theft Auto*

    But now dat they done busted this case open, I can rest at ease, just me and Baby Jesus! Go Hax0rs, as they say on the inter-web.

    Now, if they can only show to the world that the Holocaust and Moon-landing didn’t happen, I’ll FINALLY be safe!

    *turns on Cher*

  4. I don’t think you’ll ever be safe……listening to Cher…


  5. Hey, she believes in life after love, man. And she has a song for the lonely. She’d have another one, too, if only she could turn back time.

  6. Well, I’m a fundamentalist Christian, sorta, kinda, and I love Potter! Preordered my copy way ago, and I’ll have my nose in it as fast as amazon delivers it to me in second day Prime shipping.

    But the idea of some l33t fundie hackers actually is sorta cool. Of course, I’d think they’d be busier hacking porn sites into oblivion or Church of Satan sites, methinks. Not Potter pub.

    But thanks for the warning. I don’t want to go anywhere near a possible spoiler. This will be the last Harry Hurrah, and I don’t want ANYTHING messing with my soon-to-be-realized concluding joys.

    What? Someone’s listening to Cher? That’s gotta be bad for one’s eternal soul, if not one’s eardrums!


  7. Bob Hawkins // June 22, 2007 at 8:31 pm //

    It’s a crude, misinformed hoax. The hoaxer bases his version on the vulgar misconception that JKR has said that 2 important characters die. (“Vulgar” in this context means “reported by Big Media.”) In fact, she said that 2 important characters that she expected to live had to die, and one got a reprieve. She was talking about the noise level in the number of deaths.

    And this whole thing is just part of the noise level in the hype leading up to the release of HP7.

  8. i am a christian and harry potter has nothing to do with the church.jk is not trying to warp the minds of our children,not trying to teach them so called magic.honestly I love the harry potter books and it has had no bearing on my faith of belief.If a book can change your belief the you really don’t believe now do you.I can’t wait to read it.

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