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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > The Pirate Bay Opposed Attacks on Virgin Media

The Pirate Bay Opposed Attacks on Virgin Media

The Pirate Bay Opposed Attacks on Virgin Media

Added: Monday, May 14th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Virgin Media has been applying blocking measures against The Pirate Bay after being ordered to do so by the British court. In response, file-sharers threatened the Internet service provider with DDoS attacks and protests at its headquarters.

A couple days ago The Pirate Bay started criticizing the Anonymous for DDoSing Virgin Media’s official site, saying that this action may be regarded as a form of censorship. The BitTorrent tracker claimed they didn’t encourage such actions, because it believes in the open and free web, where anyone can express their opinion.

The DDoS attack was started last Tuesday, and the ISP confirmed this fact, adding that they took the website offline themselves. The same day @AnonUK Twitter feed said that the Anonymous claimed responsibility for taking down Virgin Media site. In reply, The Pirate Bay asked their supporters to stop using such methods, because both DDoS and blocks are forms of censorship.

Famous BitTorrent tracker urged people to instead do something else – start a tracker, join a pirate party, set up a proxy, or come up with a new peer-to-peer protocol, as all this would be more useful than DDoS attacks. Meanwhile, Twitter users noticed that Virgin Media, as well as other broadband providers, originally refused to block The Pirate Bay and are now only following the law.

However, a faction of Anonymous calling itself @AnonAteam on Twitter was quick to claim responsibility and defend the attack, arguing that they weren’t just about facilitating access to the BitTorrent tracker, but intended to stop the type of order used to block the site being used as a precedent for further online filtering.

The Anonymous announced that the entire reason for the protest was to protect online freedom of expression from being blocked without any form of judicial process. The Internet service providers play the role of gateways to democracy in our technology age, and blocking access to the sites with such an abuse of the legal process should be treated as illegal and an abuse of power.

Recently, a group named the People Liberation Front strongly condemned the attack on Virgin Media and other British Internet service providers because it violates the 2nd principle of the hacktivists: “never attack infrastructure”.

May 14th,2012

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Date:  Monday, May 14th, 2012

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkie (2012-05-14 18:21:37)
No avatarscript kiddies everywhere.

posted by (2012-05-14 22:33:07)
No avatarno need for all this as anybody who wants to use the pirate bay only needs to type in searchbar tpb.pirateparty.org.uk and this bypasses the blocks from the u.k isp just hope i dont get in trouble for sharing this as thats what torrents are all about.happy hunting people

posted by Blocked (2012-05-15 02:31:44)
No avatarSensible laws are one thing, but damned laws, stupid laws and vile laws just bring British law into complete disrepute.

Britain is heading for getting as totalitarian as Iran and China. If they monitor (and read!) everyone's emails, phone calls land and mobile, lists of persons called and everyone's web browsing history, as well as storing it for years at a time, as the present government intend, without warrant or giving any reason, Britain might just as well have sunk or sink into the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean as far as Human Rights and Civil Liberties are concerned - we simply won't have any.

We need a worldwide law PROHIBITING the monitoring of electronic communication and internet activity, except to catch serial killers, terorrists and paedophile groups.

posted by ET junkiemen (2012-05-15 03:17:24)
kevibhoy67 avatar@FellAway: what do you mean "script kiddies everywere"..these peeps are our future and id love to see my kids accessing sites similar to here without persecution..as for your script kiddies,we need em you clown

posted by (2012-05-15 23:25:28)
No avatarWho cares if they're just following the law? They're capitalists, let them burn!

posted by (2012-05-16 01:55:51)
hrg avatar@kevibhoy67 a script kiddie is a dooch bag who knows nothing about actual hacking but has the retard level intelligence enough to click go on a program written by someone with brains, i hope to god these people aren't our future or we may end up with people leaving retarded comments on torrent sites on things they know nothing about *praying hard*

posted by (2012-05-16 16:49:27)
No avatarAs anyone in power ever thought that if it wasn’t for these torrent sites a lot of people wouldn’t buy original DVD’s and visit the cinemas, as a lot of movies are not worth watching and this is one way you can pick out a good movie to go and see on the big screen with clarity and surround sound etc. and a lot of movies I’ve seen are absolutely rubbish, but they want give you a refund for a poor movie. If they carry on with censorship, thousands or even millions will leave the web as this is a hobby more than trying to rob companies of the excessive profits they make from some of the rubbish they produce.

posted by (2012-05-16 21:33:39)
TurtleTom100 avatarWhat is the point in internet getting quicker if there is nothing to do we are just going backwardss like i have said in another post why dont they deal with child porn and serious stuff like that rather than someone downloading a bad copy film to see if they like because they refuse to pay thestupud money cinemas charge!

posted by (2012-05-16 21:39:19)
TurtleTom100 avataras denbo007 says people will leave the web and i believe this has already started happening with the likes of virgin customers.
it is all crazy would have thought there was other things to worry about but no it easy money just sitting on there arse snooping through ypour files and history etc. i need to learn how to use vpns or something because i am fed up with the likes of bt throttling my torrent download in evening and weekend and also they will be next to start locking websites down

posted by Blocked (2012-05-16 22:53:33)
skreamer avatarhrg you sound like a kiddie.

Turtle Tom...quite right. Sharing is what keeps me with a broadband connection. With that connection its also easier for me to spend money on other stuff. The domino fall goes: Kill the share, kill the broadband, kill the spend.

posted by Blocked (2012-05-16 23:46:43)
skreamer avatarBeen thinking about this and recent 'survey' about net censorship.

A good survey to help P2P would be to correlate P2P with broadband requirements. Correlate personal spend online due to broadband. Correlate P2P with personal spend saved.

It would be interesting to see how the facts and figures turned out. It may well be that the loss to the economy from sharing is a small fraction of that given to the economy by broadband use which is principally purchased for sharing.

If the Suits saw Joe Average Sharer saved 12 groats a year on movie DVD's by sharing but by virtue of a fast net connection (which they only paid for due to their hobby of sharing) spent 120 groats a year, then they would sweep P2P under the carpet and pretend it wasn't a problem. Bottom line would they prefer you to spend 12 groats into the economy or 120 groats. That would be a U turn that morphed in to a V.

posted by ET junkie (2012-05-17 00:04:43)
musicbuoy avatarHave to agree with Skreamer, I have Virgin's 100meg broadband, If i can't use P2P then I don't have a use for broadband so it would go

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