I guess the Washington Post needs a refresher 101 course in electronic evidence. Seems they ran a story about a hacker whose identity there were trying to keep anonymous. So the newspaper provided only a few details about the hacker – his age, the fact that he smoked and a general description of three nearby businesses. A “modified” photo was also provided. However, it appears that the modified photo contained meta data that revealed the name of the photographer and the city where the photograph was taken (a small city of about 2.6 square miles and a population of only about 2,800 people). With those details, it would not be hard to identify the subject of the article.
From cNET news