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WoW Screenshot Watermarks?

An article called Looking inside your screenshots on Ownedcore alleges the use of digital watermarks in World of Warcraft screenshots that include the player's account ID, a timestamp, and the IP address of the realm where the shot was taken, noting this can be used by Blizzard to identify hackers as well as the location of illicit private servers for the MMORPG. They say they can confirm this functionality was added sometime between 2008 and 2010, and note the concern that this opens up WoW players to potential exploitation. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.

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19. Re: WoW Screenshot Watermarks? Sep 12, 2012, 00:52 ViRGE
 
m00t wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 19:22:
It was probably used to identify people breaking NDA for WOTLK. According to TFA it first showed up in early WOTLK alpha builds.
That would be my guess as well. It's a rather smart move on Blizzard's part; this must have made it very easy to ID hackers, leakers, etc. I just hope this isn't the only such tool in Blizzard's chest, as otherwise it's going to suck if they've lost their primary way of IDing violators.
 
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