Thursday, June 01, 2006

PirateBay.org Raided

The Swedish darlings of the BitTorrent world took a hit yesterday, when 50 Swedish police officers strolled in and walked off with the entire PirateBay.org server farm. The police are apparently investigating whether PirateBay.org broke any piracy laws. PirateBay.org, while not hosting copyrighted material, is the largest BitTorrent indexing site that keeps track of torrents and maintains the swarms. PirateBay.org gained quite a bit of celebrity status after SuperNova.org went offline -- especially for their continued mocking of the MPAA. Right now however, it's only the MPAA that's laughing.

Update: June 14, 2006
Gotta love the juvenile delinquents. PirateBay has a personal and rude message to the MPAA in their hostname. If you run a traceroute on their domain name, you get the message: hey.mpaa.and.apb.bite.my.shiny.metal.ass.thepiratebay.org.
Update: June 21, 2006
Here's the letter [PDF] from the MPAA's John G. Malcolm to Sweden's State Secretary, on March 17, 2006. It's the letter that preceded the above action.

1 comment:

  1. PirateBay.org has resurfaced -- just a couple of days after being brought down. The site resurfaced from servers in the Netherlands. Hacker community reaction was swift and angry. Sweden police and government sites were brought down by DoS attacks. Regional sites of major media companies (Sony, Warner, etc.) were hacked and defaced.

    Meanwhile, crappy movie continue to be pirated on the internet -- most are Hollywood fare and suitable for only one viewing.

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