April 27, 2009

You do not want to mess with hackers

The folks behind Pirate Bay have been in some legal hot water this last couple of months. They got some new IP addresses and had a bit of fun with the registration process.
From Torrent Freak:
Pirate Bay IP Addresses Assigned to Prosecution Lawyers
The Pirate Bay recently got a new range of IPs and to everyone�s surprise they are now linked to several movie and music industry lawyers involved in the TPB trial. According to the Pirate Bay�s Wikipedia entry the change was due to a hostile takeover, but most people know better.

RIPE is the Internet registry that keeps track of all IP-addresses allocated in Europe. When the Pirate Bay got a new range of IP-addresses this week, something odd happened. Aside from the usual TPB ASCII art there was some unusual information added to the RIPE database.

According to the recently updated RIPE database entry, the Pirate Bay is now listed as a customer of Danowsky & Partner law firm (who represented IFPI), Maqs Law Firm (representing the MPAA) and the Swedish anti-piracy bureau. All three were involved in the recent trial, which led some to believe that they somehow gained control over the site. This is nonsense of course.

So why is this info in there, some might wonder. One explanation might be that during the Pirate Bay trial the prosecution used (incorrect) data from the RIPE database claiming that this was the absolute truth. The Pirate Bay team probably put the lawyers� info in there themselves to show that this is not the case. Indeed, there is no doubt that they will have a hard time selling this �truth� to the public now, with their own names being featured in the recent entry.
Heh... Posted by DaveH at April 27, 2009 3:34 PM