Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hidden Google Street View Hack Reveals Superfine Images

In another twist in the current Google Street View controversy, a simple hack has been uncovered that allows images displayed by the online mapping service to be swapped for ultrafine versions, up to five times more detailed.
By appending the variables "&4pr11fo01" at the end of a Google Street View URL (which you can obtained from the "paste link in email or IM" option on the right hand side), users will be able to see original Google view images in their highest resolutions, up to 12-megapixels.
Another consequence of the hack is that users will be able to see faces and plate numbers as Google's original mask, which was applied back in
June 2008 effectively lowered the resolution of Google Street View images across all photos.

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