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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Police Charged Man of Circumventing Pirate Site Blockade

UK Police Charged Man of Circumventing Pirate Site Blockade

UK Police Charged Man of Circumventing Pirate Site Blockade

Added: Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
British police has charged an individual for operating proxy websites and services that enabled British users to circumvent local pirate website blockades. It is the first time that the UK resident is charged with fraud offenses and a count of converting and/or transferring criminal property.

Almost two years ago, the local police arrested Callum Haywood, 20, for his involvement with several proxy websites and services. He was interrogated at a police station and released on bail after promising to voluntarily hand over his domain names. Nevertheless, the police continued working on the case. They found out that one of the services was Immunicity, a censorship circumvention instrument that enabled people to route their traffic via a proxy network. Besides, the individual was also connected to The Pirate Bay proxy list and KickassTorrents proxies, along with a number of other proxy websites. Such proxies served as a copy of the original services blocked by British Internet service providers, thus enabling Internet users to circumvent restrictions imposed by the court. Although the individual wasn’t operating any of the original websites, his case was moved ahead.

Now the police formally announced the charges of fraud and converting and/or transferring criminal property in relation to the operation of The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrent proxies. As such, the now 22-year old student potentially risks a long time in jail: he can get up to 5 years for possession of articles for use in fraud and 10 years for supplying them. Converting and/or transferring criminal property is money laundering, which can result in 14 years in jail.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-03-24 23:12:02)
collinwo avatarbritish police must have alot of time on their hands! shame they use it to bust a computer geek instead of real criminals.

posted by (2016-03-25 00:00:13)
mikrovision avatarThis young man is being persecuted for doing the Lord's work.
Our community should support his defense.
Please post a donations link, if available.

posted by (2016-03-25 06:11:02)
No avatarthe record industry "donates" an obscene amount of money to the government every year, but there's no money in catching murderers.

posted by (2016-03-25 06:50:47)
Boghound avatar@collinwo
Well said. It's far easier for them to sit on their arses in front of screens then get out and protect the innocent. Modern Britain at it's best?

posted by (2016-03-25 23:43:46)
No avatarCome on you lot, you know the police have a duty to protect the mega riches wealth, before the average Joe against robbery rape assault and oh yes forgot terrorism

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-03-26 07:34:47)
analogkid6103 avatarWe are "the bad guys" and as such expect more of this. See BREIN
ect. Not looking real good for us. Will a vpn save us?

posted by (2016-03-26 08:16:39)
Rockman avataranglogkid6103 -

To answer your question never heard a 100 percent yes it will keep you safe V P N s
are all over in their claims luckley for me ips seems to care less whew'

Wonder is their will ever be one that as solid proof 100% we are bullet proof don t think so but fingers are crossed

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-03-27 15:58:21)
Embolism avatarIt seems that if he was using a vpn and not a torrent proxy both of which do the same thing he might have got away with the excuse that he was aiming to protect his privacy,but the moment any torrent dedicated proxy is in the mix either from Pirate bay or any others it becomes a crime,seems ridiculous but there you go.It will be interesting to see how it pans out since using a proxy or VPN does not give them proof of doing anything in regard to downloading files merely being able to visit a site they do not wish people to see,a decent solicitor may get him off since he may argue that a proxy in of itself is not downloading files which is illegal and is merely giving the ability to visit a site should the user choose too.Illuminating the courts to the fact that proxies are used globally to circumvent repressive regimes and keep anonymity against such regimes spying unconstitutionally invading ones privacy should be brought into the mix since Gladder was first used to get over the great wall of China and its repressive regime as was TOR later on,so to set a president and test case such a prosecution is an indictment of the society we are now living under.VPN`s are safer because they unilaterally circumvent all such blockades but if the prosecute this guy they too will come under fire next by the global fascists.

posted by ModeratorSun (2016-03-28 08:55:25)
ange1 avatarWow just read that he could get up to 44 Years in jail but highly unlikely that he will get the maximum sentence

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-03-28 10:35:44)
Embolism avatara life sentence in the UK is around 10-12 years then on licence in the community so even murderers are out in 12 unless like the Cambridge rapist or the Krays then usually at her majesty's pleasure with a recommended sentence of not less than 30 years which is very rare even for the worst of convicted prisoners,given it is a white collar crime with no injured parties he may well get a year or 2 as a test case subject in somewhere like lewes open prison or just a fine unless he is extradited which is an outside possibility as any crimes committed in the UK by a UK national should be tried in the UK.Once again it is a crime not usaully dealt with by the legal system in the UK and so no fixed guidelines 44 years maybe in America but doubtful if he will get that in the UK and anything over a year or two will be appealed and reduced since he is not circumventing the blockade but facilitating such and it is those that use the proxy supplied by him that are circumventing the blockade. (:^D) An analogy for same would be a gunsmith selling you a gun and you then doing an armed robbery and the gunsmith getting charged with the robbery.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanTurtle (2016-03-28 11:17:33)
STFU avatarthis guy should get a medal not a chargesheet never let them stop freedom to do what you want.

posted by (2016-03-28 13:17:30)
No avatarIf the UK legal system is similar to the other European's (I assume it is), the sentences are not cumulative (like in the US) but the highest apply. This would then be 14 years max.

posted by (2016-03-29 00:32:28)
swayzesghost avatarwait was he committing fraud and just happened to be running a proxy? or was he specifically charged for circumventing the blockade? Either way I really don't like how the internet is finally popular and people can't help but try to control it. It seems like the government in UK would prefer the internet be something you could receive on a DVD-ROM once a month, like all stored pages and no interaction or ability to mess with it. More blockade circumventing! go go

posted by ModeratorSun (2016-03-29 20:51:00)
ange1 avatarEmbolism oooh so it seems he would not get 44 years and more than likely get a year or 2... well thank you for that most useful info

posted by (2016-03-30 07:29:48)
Avish avatardid he use VPN? if not - he is an idiot

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-03-30 23:52:22)
Embolism avatar@14 depending on his representation in court he may well have a chance of even walking since proxies are unilaterally used and he in no way encouraged the misuse of the internet or the downloading of any files his only crime if such is proven is the same as can be supplied by any VPN or proxy in the world anoymizing the client allowing them safeguards as with any other entity be they commercial or personal for their personal privacy in commercial terms against corporate espionage and in civil for the security and safety of personal privacy.He could in fact put himself forward to people and companies within the UK as a reason why there should be no restrictions on any individual or corporations use of any proxy or VPN as to start a process whereby there is no privacy at all then we are living in a repressive regime,i once was told I was looking at 17 years and got 27 months which I did`nt appeal although the offer was there.(:^D)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-03-31 00:12:44)
Embolism avatar15:<Avish> he is charged with supplying a dedicated proxy service or services in breach of the Blockade on Blacklisted sites,the arguement against such is he is in no way downloading or encouraging illicit behavior of any parties by the facilitation of said service since as I am doing right now doing nothing more than reading news and passing comment and not downloading anything (at the moment) and if i chose to do so it would be my crime and not his since the option to do so is mine,any VPN does the same service as we are all aware but even by providing a dedicated proxy it does not mean the client will automatically have crimminal intent that is assumption and we all know what that leads too.(the mother of all fudge ups). (:^D)

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