Serial leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer talks about how he gets his hands on leaks in an interview on Business Insider.
We report quite often about a leak that Steve Hemmerstoffer puts out there on his Twitter account @OnLeaks. There is no way around him, as he is the most prolific source for leaked iPhone 7 parts and CAD schematics. Thanks to him, we know almost everything about the iPhone 7.
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His latest iPhone 7 leak shows that the iPhone 7 has no headphone jack and rather a second speaker.
Steve Hemmerstoffer talks in a lengthy interview on Business Insider about finding leaks, how to spot fake leaks, and what the leaking game is like. Hemmerstoffer likes to call it a game. It is basically a treasure hunt in social media platforms and more importantly through sources.
OnLeaks revealed some tricks and insights on how to test if a leaked image is authentic and not a Photoshopped fake. "The most simple and accessible method of detecting this (that curiously, few of my colleagues use) is to perform a reverse Google image search using this supposed stolen photo," says Hemmerstoffer.
He adds: "This technique is effective not only by revealing an eventual Photoshop, but also by allowing us to find the original source and its first publication. I add this because, to my mind, spending time in researching original sources to cite — not who discretely stole the contents from others — is essential."
Hemmerstoffer does reveal all his tricks and secrets. It is not enough to scan Weibo for leaked iPhone images. There are other more obscure social media networks and forums in Asia where employees of Apple's suppliers interact. Hemmerstoffer makes no comment about paying leakers.
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Steve Hemmerstoffer launched the OnLeaks Twitter account in 2015.