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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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15. Re: WoW Screenshot Watermarks? Sep 11, 2012, 17:35 JohnBirshire
 
Beelzebud wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 13:38:
Good way for them to smoke out private servers... Pretty sneaky shit.

Which is ironic, because they do absolutely nothing to close private servers. The only one I've ever seen closed was Wowscape, and that was only after they discovered the owner was making $500,000 a month off of "donations". But others, like Moltenwow, who make just as much if not more money, have been up for years.
 
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  1. Sep 11, 12:47 Re: WoW Screenshot Watermarks? Verno
  2. Sep 11, 12:56  Re: WoW Screenshot Watermarks? necrosis
  3. Sep 11, 13:04   Re: WoW Screenshot Watermarks? Paketep
  4. Sep 11, 13:05   Re: WoW Screenshot Watermarks? Endo
  5. Sep 11, 13:28  Re: WoW Screenshot Watermarks? MattyC
  6. Sep 11, 13:38   Re: WoW Screenshot Watermarks? Beelzebud
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  14. Sep 11, 16:50      Re: WoW Screenshot Watermarks? Mr. Tact
>> 15. Sep 11, 17:35    Re: WoW Screenshot Watermarks? JohnBirshire
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