Risks of Word Metadata

This excerpt from the New York Times speaks both to the risks of hidden information in Word files and politics of peer-to-peer file sharing.

California’s attorney general, Bill Lockyer, floated a letter calling peer-to-peer file-sharing software – long the bane of the entertainment industry’s interests – “a dangerous product.” But a peek at the document’s properties revealed that someone dubbed “stevensonv” had a hand in its creation.

Vans Stevenson, a senior vice president with the Motion Picture Association of America, said later that he had offered input on the document but had not written it.

“California AG Plays Sock Puppet to the MPAA,” was one blogger’s response.

Source: New York Times

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