Russian BitTorrent Site Owner Was Said to Be KidnappedAdded: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
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The sensational news was published recently on the news section of LostFilm.TV website (one of the largest Russian BitTorrent trackers). It was a criminal story occurred last month to its owner. According to the article, the site admin was lured to the territory of neighboring Ukraine under false pretenses and kept there by criminal gang for three days.
It was said to happen on the May 3, 2010, when the owner of a popular Russian domain LostFilm.TV, was lured to the territory of another country under false pretenses. What is the most interesting is that the purpose of the kidnapping was the transfer of the domain to an unknown client.
Domain owner was beaten and then at gunpoint ordered to transfer the LostFilm.TV domain to the property of another person. Transfer of domain began on Tuesday May 4, 2010 – at the same time when the bad guys gained access to LostFilm.TV servers. Fortunately, domain has been stalled by the registrar for some technical reasons, and raiders didn’t succeed in getting the domain right away, as they had hoped. The process of transferring has been suspended for a period of 5 up to 10 days.
Keeping the hostage for such a long time became dangerous and on the third day the criminals decided to demand ransom from the hostage’s relatives, with the condition that the transfer of domain will be finished later. On May 5 the relatives transferred ransom with electronic payment. On the same day the admins of LostFilm.TV blocked the criminals’ access to the website.
Fortunately the victim as well as the domain LostFilm.TV remained alive. All the information about the crime was handed to prosecutors in St. Petersburg. Right now the measures are taken to ensure the site’s and owner’s safety.
This is of course not the first criminal story of theft and raider attacks on domain names in Russia. However, the magnitude of the crime is striking: that’s one of the first cases of the attack on such a large project (the website www.lostfilm.tv is one of the Top30 of the most popular websites in Russia according to Rambler).
That’s what the article says, but there are no other mentions of this case in Russian press, so that’s most likely just a PR stunt. If you are wondering what such a popular site needs a PR of this kind for, turn your attention to its name. LostFilm is extremely popular tracker specializing on translating, postscoring and distributing of the popular series like HouseMD, but it built its reputation on the series of Lost. If you are the fan, you will know the last episode was shown last month.
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