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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > BitStalker is Able to Monitor Entire Pirate Bay for $12.40 p/mo

BitStalker is Able to Monitor Entire Pirate Bay for $12.40 p/mo

BitStalker is Able to Monitor Entire Pirate Bay for $12.40 p/mo

Added: Thursday, March 11th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The team of researchers from the University of Colorado created an efficient “active probing strategy” named BitStalker designed for finding copyrighted content on huge BitTorrent websites. However, the investigation was partially funded by an ISP consortium PolyCipher, that should make some ponder about what it’s going to do with it.


The team has published a report on a new technique of fighting the copyrighted content distribution on BitTorrent. The currently used monitoring uses passive methods which are prone to lots of false positives and errors.

In order to avoid false positives the researchers examined the possibility of employing active methods for monitoring huge BitTorrent swarms found on public websites such as The Pirate Bay. That’s why they have developed entirely new active probing framework identifying only active peers and collecting what they call “concrete forensic evidence” of a person’s involvement in sharing copyrighted material.

They compared the current methods of investigation, producing 11% false positives or more, to their active approach, where false positives are very rare.

The researches state that BitStalker is able to monitor more than 20 thousand peers just in 5 minutes with bandwidth of 14.4–50.8 KB/s. With the help of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud they estimated that you could monitor Pirate Bay tracker with nearly 20 million peers for $12.40 per month. The team also says that BitStalker will make you forget false positives, as it works by following several steps, like gathering peer list and conducting a “light-weight probes” series in order to find out if a peer is really existing and is currently participating in the transfer.

The good news is that the team has found some way to find a proof of an individual’s involvement in illegal file-sharing, but they also admit that this way raises general legal issues exposed by this type of monitoring. Especially, a definition of what “evidence” means in infringing file-sharing context.

Most worrying fact is that the research was partially funded by an ISP consortium PolyCipher, created by Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Cox Communications. We only may wonder whether this strategy goes active in the near future, as RIAA and MPAA are trying to make ISPs a voluntary copyright police.

March 11th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Comments (16) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-03-11 21:51:23)
jenga122 avatarThat's a scary thought. Thanks for the article. I sure wish I had the ip's of bitstalker to add to my peerblock list.

posted by (2010-03-11 22:05:45)
Stayingtrue avatarNot cool when is the madness gonna stop. Thanks for the article.

posted by (2010-03-11 22:16:19)
JorgeMontana avatarThanks Sam for the article interesting stuff.

posted by ET junkie (2010-03-11 22:49:17)
chimera2005 avatarwow....

posted by Blocked (2010-03-11 22:53:02)
menahunie avatarInteresting Article.
So Amazon is fully aware of this "BitStalker" software that people will be running on their computer services?
This Amazon Elastic Computer Cloud is only just a server farm they rent space to run clients software; so if a person of "Company" is using this service to "Probe" other people's computers and monitor what people are doing with their "Computers" I would think Amazon will get very very concerned about and the high risk of getting sued by the "Target(s)" of anyone using this "Bitstalker" Software.
My idea is they are not too cheap to assemble their own server farm MPAA or the RIAA; just the minute it goes online and the IP's are logged they will be blocked from the swarms; so using Amazon they can hide IP addresses or use as a proxy server's and try to stay ahead of being blocked. Except this will soon cause Amazons IP's to be either blackhole or Blocked; I think this would really really piss off Amazon..
As far as I know any server farm you use for this type of activity violates the user agreement about using the server services..
Just think Amazon gets sued then Amazon Sues the MPAA or the RIAA for doing illegal activities BBBWWWWAAAHHHHAAA

posted by Supermanimmortal (2010-03-11 23:06:29)
Big_A_Little_A avatarThanks for good info SaM,
It make you wonder how much money is invested in the research,manpower and time to do all this,just think how well of the artists would be if they got all of that.

posted by (2010-03-12 00:18:49)
kingtiger01 avatarWont last long, every time some one develops services such as this it only leads to the developer getting into the legal trouble they deserve.

posted by (2010-03-12 04:47:24)
No avatar"The good news is that the team has found some way to find a proof of an individual’s involvement in illegal file-sharing, "

Why on earth is this good news????

posted by (2010-03-12 09:10:02)
RunsWithBulls avatarI hate the fact that my isp is in bed with the picture industry and are already sending out letters to some of my less secure friends. Everyone need to stay educated and up to date on the subject of safety. Thanks for the info SaM and keep 'em coming.

posted by (2010-03-12 14:15:32)
abking avatarInteresting Article

posted by (2010-03-12 16:01:24)
darcman avatarThat sounds like a violation of my rights, I may have to sue the bastards!!

posted by (2010-03-12 21:50:16)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarthats BS... thanks for the read

posted by ET lover (2010-03-13 00:39:59)
pardeep333 avatarGreat Article

posted by (2010-03-13 05:13:35)
blackwolf411 avatarThanks Sam Great Article. Keepem coming

posted by (2010-03-16 16:14:12)
deaftone avatarMan that's BS... I second jenga's post

posted by (2010-03-17 05:17:11)
cyberartist avatarThanks SaM - and I agree it is BS. Time Warner and all the criminals in their coats and their ties dont care about artists - and they sure dont care about the ordinary punters - I wonder where all this crap will end?

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