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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > British Police Hijack Ads of 74 Pirate Sites

British Police Hijack Ads of 74 Pirate Sites

British Police Hijack Ads of 74 Pirate Sites

Added: Monday, August 18th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2014
TorrentFreak’s Freedom of Information request allowed the team to learn more interesting details about the British “piracy police”, which appeared to be hijacking the adverts of 74 suspected pirate portals. The list of the domain names wasn’t disclosed, because this could “raise the profile of these websites”. In order to avoid cyber-attacks, the names of participating advertising agencies were not disclosed either.

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City of London Police have been cooperating with the entertainment industries for a while now, trying to tackle websites which provide unauthorized access to copyrighted material. The operation started by sending notifications to website owners, asking them to go legit or shut down, and moved on by targeting domain registrars, asking them to suspend the domain names of alleged infringers.

Now it is a partnership with online ad companies to replace advertisements on suspected pirate websites with police banners, which inform users that the service has been reported to the authorities. It turned out that 74 domain names in total are being targeted by the hijacking effort. All of them have been reported to the police by copyright owners, but the police wouldn’t reveal their names, because this could increase traffic to the sites in question.

It is also known that 83 advertising agencies are currently participating in the effort to target adverts on infringing portals. All of them are based in the United Kingdom or have a UK office, while many are multinationals with presence in the United States and elsewhere as well. The names of their advertising company partners weren’t disclosed either, because they could suffer from cyber-attacks.

There are more details on the other efforts of the “pirate police”. For example, City of London Police has warned 107 online services since its launch back in 2013 and sent out suspension requests for 75 domain names. However, the domain name suspension efforts turned out to be not very effective, because only 5 of those 75 were granted. The rest were denied by domain registrars.

Industry experts are not sure whether the ad hijacking campaign will have much effect either. Thus far TorrentFreak has received no reports from users spotting these hijacked banners.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.



By:
SaM
August 18th,2014

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Monday, August 18th, 2014



Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2014-08-18 03:39:19)
jumbo71 avatarlets hope anonymous gets to work and start hacking the city of london police force...
mr cameron should go get back under his rock and wait for his masters the rothchilds to give him his next order....
vile scum

2
posted by ET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2014-08-18 09:55:09)
sn3h1t87 avatarIf any of these sites that the UK City of London Police are hijacking the adverts off are hosted on non UK servers and outside of the UK then the UK City of London police do not have jurisidiction to hijack these adverts and are therefore criminals themselves with hijacking.

3
posted by Turtle (2014-08-18 15:53:16)
Warwicked avatarIs there nothing sacred?

4
posted by Turtle (2014-08-18 16:43:51)
klempner69 avatarYes,Mr Cameron is heading for the dole queue after becoming the UK`S censor..tick tock tick tock matey

5
posted by (2014-08-18 19:42:31)
vapourtrail avatarWhere was I , Oh yes the City of London police,just what are they....Wiki them, you'll find they police a small area of the capital of England, and their powers are limited as such...they do not even have jurisdiction over the rest of London...that's the job of the Met...god bless them, and they are too busy stopping robbers muggers and rapists, to be bothered with people watching a few movies, no these guys are financed by the money men who run the city..plastic coppers with a capitalist agenda, their tactics are always the same, pick on the small guys and bully them into handing over their domain names (RIP Torrentshack we will miss you) have they ever took a case to court? no why? because they don't have the minerals, they are scared of being laughed out of an English court.

6
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-08-18 21:23:16)
Embolism avatar@2 one law for the rich and one for the poor springs to mind,when you have the NSA openly hacking Google servers outside of the USA and the UK Cyber division doing the same you have to know they are not breaking the law but circumventing it,as the owners of the adverts have sole rights to said adverts and give permission for the act to be perpetrated it is not illegal,questionable yes illegal No.

7
posted by ET junkiemen (2014-08-19 19:07:30)
xxxskfxxx avatarim with no.1 hack the police,but let them stop those online casino pop up's first

8
posted by (2014-08-21 19:12:36)
pattam_1 avatarfuk Britain thank fuk im voting YES

9
posted by (2014-08-24 04:41:46)
No avatarCurious, are these ads blocked by addblock? lol



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