I saw a few posts on this on the HP fan sites I check-in with periodically.
- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Hacker Hoax - via The Leaky Cauldron:
- 'Deathly Hallows' hacked? - via MuggleNet
Nearabout every new Harry Potter book release date there come the various waves of "inside-lead" spoiler posts around the Net.
Claims by some to have gotten their hands on a draft copy of a HP book, or a break-in to a book storage warehouse.
I always dismiss the claims...and haven't bothered going looking for this one as well.
What I did find interesting is that SANS-ISC Handler's Diary even choose to comment on the news: Hacking Harry.
The post gave a gentle "hem hem" reminder to readers that corporate espionage attempts to crack high-value targets with loaded email are still alive and working. So beware those emails! You may not work for the DOD but there is probably something of value to to someone on your hard-drive at work or home. Guard your data like that philosopher's stone at Hogwarts!
The Rememberall Says
Try to keep these tips in mind as Harry Fever begins to reach its peak:
- Avoid unsolicited HP themed Owl Post mails: Consumers Should be Aware of Harry Potter Email Hoaxes ...
- Stay away from dodgy "Nocturn Alley" HP sites on the web. There are lots of good and trusted ones and some new-comers might actually try to load up browser exploits.
- Don't even consider trying out cracked/warez downloads for HP games; avoid them like thin-bottomed cauldrons.
- If you get an offer for a "special" e-book version of a HP story, send it down the pipes with Myrtle; JKR doesn't grant licenses for electronic copies of any of her stories. J.K. Rowling Warns of Fake Harry Potter Scam...
When fans and the public get excited about something they have been waiting for for a long time, sometimes they can toss judgement and reason to the winds...