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Wait, did the BBC use Thief art to illustrate a story about a hacker?

Well, this is weird. The BBC appear to have used a repurposed bit of Thief art for astory (opens in new tab)about Finnish hacker Julius Kivimaki, who's been found guilty of "50,700 instances of aggravated computer break-ins".

It's not just a copy, or 'a bit similar' either, it's the actual Thief art as noticed by imgurianAthilmo (opens in new tab). The image only appears on the front page of the site, not in the story itself and it's already dropped into a second place slot. Here's Athilmo's original comparison when it was originally noticed:

And if, for some reason, you're still not convinced then here's a close up where you can clearly still see Garret in the background. Curiously, a reverse image search for the shot only turns up the BBC as a source. Did it make it?

UPDATE: GR reader Andrew has pointed out that this stock image (here (opens in new tab)) that's clearly a dubious reworking of the original art. Check out the GIF of the two together below. Weirdly, it's still not the actual image used by the BBC suggesting that it's not the only version of the game's art.

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Leon Hurley
Leon Hurley

I'm currently GamesRadar's Senior Guides Co-ordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website. I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures.