Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Massive International BitTorrent Raid

  1. #1
    Senior Member Cile's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    5,071
    Thanks
    666
    Thanked 2,303 Times in 1,226 Posts
    Blog Entries
    9

    Massive International BitTorrent Raid


    Piracy and the policing thereof is a messy business, often without clear answers. Today marked a huge crackdown on top-level pirates, with several of the largest and most popular BitTorrent sites either down or offering only spotty access. It's hard to say exactly what happened, but here's what we know so far.
    TorrentFreak reports that police in 14 countries across Europe launched a coordinated raid that may have been in the works for two years. Sweden, arguably the most pirate-friendly western nation, was hit in seven separate locations, including the PRQ headquarters in Solna. PRQ is perhaps best known for hosting WikiLeaks, leading observers to suspect WikiLeaks (which has angered several governments) was the main target.
    In an email, PRQ said that five policemen (and a locksmith!) came to PRQ's headquarters, but were not allowed to enter the premises until PRQ's legal representative arrived:
    "The raid was about the usual file-sharing crack-down, which they have each year, so not directed directly against PRQ or itís customers. They (the police) just wanted to know who or whom had used 2 different IPs during a couple of dates in 2009. Since we did not have this information (no logging) there was no information and/or hardware for them to seize. The police did not enter the datacenter, only the office, so no servers or network have been touched by them. No information given or hardware removed."
    PRQ later stated that the company did hand over the emails behind those IP addresses, but that "it's rare that our clients have mail addresses that are traceable." The company denied that the raid had anything to do with WikiLeaks, which was confirmed by Swedish prosecutor Frederick Ingblad in an interview with Swedish news outlet Expressen.se. Ingblad and his Swedish forces spearheaded the effort on request from Belgium.
    Other targets hit included locations in The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Germany, the UK, and Hungary, with one notable target in the Czech Republic--a student dorm at Czech Technical University informally known as "Silicon Hill."
    The police effort was far smarter than usual. Typically, raids are directed at individual sites like Oink, the British invite-only music-sharing site that was shut down a few years ago. That's the equivalent of yanking out a plant but leaving the root--new sites will invariably pop up, often with the exact same content as before.
    This time, the raids were directed at what's known as the Warez Scene, or simply The Scene. The Scene is a loose network of pirates with no clear leader, structure, or headquarters that's responsible for much of the pirated music, TV shows, movies, and software that millions of users download. The Scene is especially renowned for its ability to crack any protected software-- which is often much more valuable than music or video. Releases from The Scene are prized among pirates for their quality and rarity--if you find an album online months before its official release, or an expensive bit of software that comes with a pirated serial code, chances are it originated in The Scene.
    So far, the raid seems to have been aimed mostly at securing information on particular IP addresses relating to The Scene, though Ars Technica reports that at least four people have also been detained.
    The raids have had an adverse effect on some of the most popular and extensive BitTorrent sites. The Pirate Bay and BTJunkie have both been down for most of the day, mostly returning nothing but an error message. The Pirate Bay has been shut down before and always seems to spring back to life, but it's been out for an unusually long time today. Mediafire and Waffles.fm, among others, are also down. (A new favorite on The Scene, KickassTorrents, is still up and running.)
    One interesting outlier is What.cd, the invite-only music site that took over from Oink. What.cd is down, sporting a cryptic message stating, "Theseus did it or something." Theseus was the founder of Athens, known as the great unifier, but how that might relate to a torrent site remains unclear. I've been told by insiders that What.cd was not a victim of the raid, but is instead down while the site administrators repair a routine (and unrelated) database corruption.
    As smart as the raid was, it is unlikely to have any real, lasting effect on BitTorrent piracy. The BitTorrent world is a many-headed hydra. As soon as one head is cut off, another grows in its place. But it will certainly make it trickier for users to download pirated episodes of Mad Men for a while.
    Dan Nosowitz, the author of this post, can be followed on Twitter.


    Source:Massive International BitTorrent Raid: Where Will We Download Mad Men Now? | Fast Company

  2. 1 User Says Thank You Cile For This Useful Post


  3. #2
    Forum Administrator BluPhant's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    2,353
    Thanks
    216
    Thanked 1,281 Times in 722 Posts
    New message up at What.cd

    Quote Originally Posted by What.cd
    Quit speculating and don't panic. We are still here and will be back up shortly. We don't have an ETA but we are working on the issue. Please bear with us, there are many more surprises when we come back. In the meantime why don't you join us on irc.what.cd #what.cd. <3 the staff

    Softmod ANY Wii
    | USB-FAT32 | Error Index | Chat!
    An Introduction To Wii Hacking - MUST READ for all new Wii Hackers
    If I have been of help to you, please click the "Thanks" icon to the left.



  4. #3
    WiiHacks Staff
    Only Site Donators Can PM Staff
    Forum Administrator
    IRC AOP
    Wall-Eyed Mucksucker
    emuhack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Windy City
    Posts
    7,473
    Thanks
    892
    Thanked 2,132 Times in 1,347 Posts
    Blog Entries
    13
    Thanks Cile and BluPhant for the Info.....


  5. #4
    Member
    Retired WiiHacks Staff
    Darkcide666's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    3,719
    Thanks
    560
    Thanked 923 Times in 666 Posts
    Might I recomend this thread. I don't think Usenet ever has anything to worry about.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •