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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > The Pirate Bay’s Hackers Vanished

The Pirate Bay’s Hackers Vanished

The Pirate Bay’s Hackers Vanished

Added: Thursday, July 15th, 2010
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
The story of hacking The Pirate Bay website was expected to have a continuation. However, it’s now unclear where it can be found at all. The story seems to be turning into a very strange one, involving the site that claimed to have hacked The Pirate Bay, thus exposing millions of user identities. The whole story has simply vanished together with the original site! The latter is now only redirecting to Google.

the-pirate-bay-logo.jpg

All that began from an article posted on PCWorld, where hackers from Argentina, represented by their leader CH Russo, were quoted when discussing the issues of security. The quotation was from Russo’s blog, where he posted his thoughts and a detailed video of hack. What he said there was quite sound – any website, or a system, has strengths and vulnerabilities, and The Pirate Bay was not an exception. The hackers believed that everyone behind digital community always complied with the local legislation on their side, but it still caused troubles to big enterprises. That led to threats between enterprises and the community. What the hackers have managed to commit was not intended to be done with anger or for money. They said they just saw the change at the right moment and decided to try it out. Anyway, the method of achieving this was not extraordinary at all.

What happened after the article, which featured screenshots of thepiratebay’s admin panel, is not quite clear. One thing is certain – BitTorrent tracker went down for a short period of time, suggesting users to go breathe some fresh air while the database is upgrading. However, no representatives of the tracker confirmed the reason for such an urgent upgrade.

The story could be clarified from the flip side, or from the hackers’. But the original blog article that was so lively discussed on the Net simply vanished and now redirects to Google.
So it’s hard to guess with no clues what was it – a publicity stunt, or action for show, or anything different.

Well, really, any application or system has security vulnerabilities, especially such complicated one as the tracker’s. No Linux OS or even govt PCs can boast for the opposite. The rules of the game are easy – the more popular an application is, the more attempts to break it are committed.

Anyway, for millions of The Pirate Bay users this is going to remain a question forever – whether it would be better to just change their passwords on the site or give up on it at all.


By:
SaM
July 15th, 2010

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Thursday, July 15th, 2010



Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2010-07-15 11:21:33)
neurosis avatarthanks for the useful post :)

2
posted by Blocked (2010-07-15 11:45:53)
menahunie avatarLooks like people are covering their tracks; I wonder who is could be? Hmmmm.

3
posted by (2010-07-15 18:21:06)
scubadu avatarWARNING!! My Friend was just notified by Qwest ~ (Internet Service Provider) that he downloaded Pirated Movies!! This was only his second time downloading. So much for privacy rights - Qwest you suck!!! This means anything you download or transfer is scanned by Qwest!! The email is a mile long, so I only posted a little of it.


> Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2010 03:33:42 +0000
> From: [email protected]
> To: xxxxxx
> Subject: [xxxxxx] Notification of Acceptable Use Policy Violation of Multiple DMCA Infringements
>
> Dear xxxxx,
>
> (Customer ID: 'xxxxxxx')
>
> The purpose of this warning is to inform you that Qwest has received multiple
> notices of copyright infringement sent pursuant to the Digital Millennium
> Copyright Act ("DMCA") in connection with your account. The DMCA, passed by
> Congress in 1998, allows copyright owners to notify a service provider such as
> Qwest of alleged copyright infringement carried out on the provider's network.
> Copies of the DMCA notifications Qwest received are included below.
>
> Please be reminded that unauthorized posting of copyrighted material is a
> violation of Qwest's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and High Speed Internet
> Subscriber Agreement which prohibits use of the Qwest Network and Services in
> any manner that would infringe, dilute, misappropriate, or otherwise violate
> the intellectual property rights of others.
>
> The Qwest Acceptable Use Policy and the High Speed Internet Subscriber
> Agreement provides that Qwest may suspend or terminate your service for
> violation of the AUP and/or Subscriber Agreement.
>
> Please be advised that if this violation continues, or in the event that
> additional violations occur, Qwest may take further action, including the
> suspension or termination of your Service.
>
> Please note that if you use the Internet for Voice over IP services (VoIP)
> to support Internet based calling, you will not be able to make any incoming
> or outgoing calls, including 9-1-1 calls, from your service address unless
> you have Internet service. Also, disconnection of a bundled service may result in loss of your bundle
> discount.
>
> If you believe the enclosed DMCA notices were sent to Qwest in error, you may
> contact the copyright owner directly within the next five (5) days and email a
> copy of your correspondence to Qwest at [email protected] Qwest will give
> consideration to this challenge in enforcing its AUP. If you choose not to
> challenge the notices, we will assume for purposes of enforcing our AUP that
> they were not sent in error.
>
> Copies of the DMCA notifications Qwest has received are as follows:
>
>
> Ticket: xxxxx (# 1)
> Detail:
>
> To: Qwest Security
> From: MediaSentryCopyrightInfringement
> Subject: Case ID xxxxxxx - Notice of Claimed Infringement
> Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 13:27:27 -0400
> X-TM-AS-Product-Ver: IMSS-7.0.0.8177-6.0.0.1038-17490.000
> X-TM-AS-Result: No--23.971-3.0-31-1
> X-TM-AS-User-Approved-X-TM-AS-User-Blocked-Sender: No
> X-TM-AS-Result-Xfilter: Match text exemption rules:No
>
> Tuesday, July 06, 2010
> > RE: Unauthorized Distribution of the Copyrighted Motion Picture Entitled
> Jonah Hex
>
>
> Dear Qwest Security:
>
> We are writing this letter on behalf of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. ("Warner Bros.").
>
> We have received information that an individual has utilized the below-referenced IP address at the noted date and time to offer downloads of copyrighted motion picture(s) through a "peer-to-peer" service, including such title(s) as:
>
> Jonah Hex
>
> The distribution of unauthorized copies of copyrighted motion pictures constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 United States Code Section 106(3). This conduct may also violate the laws of other countries, international law, and/or treaty obligations.
>
> Since you own this IP address xxxxxxx), we request that you immediately do the following:
>
> 1) Contact the subscriber who has engaged in the conduct described above and take steps to prevent the subscriber from further downloading or uploading Warner Bros. content without authorization; and
>
> 2) Take appropriate action against the account holder under your Abuse Policy/Terms of Service Agreement.
>
> On behalf of Warner Bros., owner of the exclusive rights to the copyrighted material at issue in this notice, we hereby state, that we have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by Warner Bros., its respective agents, or the law.
>
> Also, we hereby state, under penalty of perjury, under the laws of the State of California and under the laws of the United States, that the information in this notification is accurate and that we are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive rights being infringed as set forth in this notification.
>
> Please direct any end user queries the following.
>
> Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
> Attn: Worldwide Anti-Piracy
> 4000 Warner Blvd.
> Burbank, CA 91522
> 818.954.3091  phone
> [email protected]  email
>
>
> Kindly include the Case ID xxxxxxx, also noted above, in the subject line of all future correspondence regarding this matter.
>
> We appreciate your assistance and thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Your prompt response is requested.
>
> Respectfully,
>
> A Kempe
> Enforcement Coordinator
> MediaSentry
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> INFRINGEMENT DETAIL
> --------------------
>
> Infringing Work: Jonah Hex
> First Found: 1 Jul 2010 19:57:05 EDT (GMT -0400)
> Last Found: 1 Jul 2010 19:57:05 EDT (GMT -0400)
> IP Address: xxxxxxxxxxxx
> IP Port: 11723
> Protocol: BitTorrent
> Torrent InfoHash: 9754B42844AC503D39934B9034F2590E76CB21E6
> Containing file(s):
> Jonah.Hex.2010.CAM.H264-CRYS.torrent (726,175,378 bytes)
>
> ----PTCP_00054643025c7e07da
> Content-Transfer-Encoding: Quoted-Printable
>
> =EF=BB=BFTuesday, July 06, 2010
>
>
> Qwest Communications Corporation
> 600 Stinson Boulevard, #3N
> Minneapolis, MN 55413 US
>
>
>
> RE: Unauthorized Distribution of the Copyrighted Motion Picture Entitled
> Jonah Hex
>
>
> Dear Qwest Security:
>
> We are writing this letter on behalf of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. ("W=
> arner Bros.").
>
> We have received information that an individual has utilized the below-refe=
> renced IP address at the noted date and time to offer downloads of copyrigh=
> ted motion picture(s) through a "peer-to-peer" service, including such titl=
> e(s) as:
>
> Jonah Hex
>
> The distribution of unauthorized copies of copyrighted motion pictures cons=
> titutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 United Sta=
> tes Code Section 106(3). This conduct may also violate the laws of other=20=
> countries, international law, and/or treaty obligations.
>
> Since you own this IP address (xxxxxxxxxxxx), we request that you immedia=
> tely do the following:
>
> 1) Contact the subscriber who has engaged in the conduct described above=20=
> and take steps to prevent the subscriber from further downloading or upload=
> ing Warner Bros. content without authorization; and
>
> 2) Take appropriate action against the account holder under your Abuse Poli=
> cy/Terms of Service Agreement.
>
> On behalf of Warner Bros., owner of the exclusive rights to the copyrighted=
> material at issue in this notice, we hereby state, that we have a good fai=
> th belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not autho=
> rized by Warner Bros., its respective agents, or the law.
>
> Also, we hereby state, under penalty of perjury, under the laws of the Stat=
> e of California and under the laws of the United States, that the informati=
> on in this notification is accurate and that we are authorized to act on=20=
> behalf of the owner of the exclusive rights being infringed as set forth=20=
> in this notification.
>
> Please direct any end user queries the following.=20
>
> Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
> Attn: Worldwide Anti-Piracy
> 4000 Warner Blvd.
> Burbank, CA 91522
> 818.954.3091 =E2=80=93 phone
> [email protected] =E2=80=93 email

4
posted by (2010-07-15 19:00:10)
poppedtart avatari wouldn't mess with TPB admins. They are intelligent and likely have the abilities to make your online life for shit if you mess with them.

5
posted by (2010-07-15 20:44:58)
sabby2013 avatar@ poppedtart wow.. now thats scary :P
well they indeed are intelligent no question abt it
come on site is till up and i dont think they actually fear now.. :P

6
posted by Blocked (2010-07-16 01:01:03)
4uckAuthority avatarits simple, they got taken down. what they did was illegal, regardless of their claimed intent. i could go after this site to search for vulnerabilities, but if i don't have permission, i'm obtaining the information illegally. that's why hackers always say to hack yourself. as for what they did, like sam said in the article, it wasn't extraordinary. now what those guys did in one of sam's earlier articles, where they hacked at&t, that was skill and know how. to hack an isp/ phone company, who have all that security and defense is insane, let alone to do it without being noticed. thanks again for the read sam, this is turning out to be my fav part of the site..lol

7
posted by Blocked (2010-07-16 12:09:54)
menahunie avatarIf all you got were e mails they can go and blow.
Any one can send a "notice" to a users ISP and make a claim; they need to send it in writing. Media sentry was fired by the RIAA and they only log IP and time/dates and alledged file involved.
They media sentry are only making an allegation with not documented evidence. I would contact the ISP to verify what was sent and inform the ISP to contact the Complaintant and require the complaintant to forward the alledged file for review. This file is to also include the claimed file "Jonah Hez" meaning they have to provide the movie and prove they got it from you.
LINK: http://www.p2pnet.net/story/18050


Teksavvy

Here's more:

LINK:http://digg.com/tech_news/Tenenbaum_team_tries_to_toss_MediaSentry_evidence

Tenenbaum team tries to toss MediaSentry evidence

arstechnica.com — The year's second major P2P trial kicks off in one month, and Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson wants to mount some of the same attacks that failed in the first case. Nesson argues that all of the RIAA's MediaSentry investigative evidence must be banned from trial, as the company violated wiretap law and private detective licensing law.

Add real-time p2pnet headlines to YOUR site ! Click here to download our newsfeed code

RIAA fires MediaSentry: confirmed

p2pnet news view | RIAA News:- The Wall Street Journal has confirmed p2pnet’s original report that the RIAA has fired its not-so-private-eye MediaSentry, says Recording Industry vs The People.

“MediaSentry and Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG`s RIAA may soon be going their separate ways, p2pnet understands from confidential sources,” said p2pnet in an exclusive post on Friday, going on:

“We’re told another online scalp-hunter, BayTSP, may ultimately replace MediaSentry, with DtecNet Software taking up the slack in the meanwhile.

“The rumour was neither confirmed nor denied by SafeNet’s MediaSentry or BayTSP in response to p2pnet, and we hadn’t heard back from DtecNet at the time of writing.”

We still haven’t had a response from DtecNet.

Meanwhile, “The MPAA has released Movie Studio Piracy software, ‘to allow parents – or anyone else who gets hold of it – to scour computers looking for content to delete on behalf of the movie studios,” p2pnet posted in 2005, going on »»»

The application was developed by DtecNet Software, a Danish software firm whose chairman is, by an amazing coincidence, Johan Schluter, a member of the Big Music record label cartel`s IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), and which also boasts the Danish Anti-Piracy Group`s Niels Bo Jorgensen as a board member.

And the ap seems to be about as @#$%ed up as the entertainment industry`s attempts to regain control of what used to be its customer base by suing them and trying to kill anything which looks even remotely like competition.

Now, “The RIAA decided quietly to drop MediaSentry several months ago,” says the WSJ.

The RIAA will be, “rid of a company that became a frequent target of civil-rights advocates and others who complained that the RIAA’s legal tactics were excessive”.

But we can expect to see MediaSentry working for the music and movie industries in a different context.

It’ll be using its failed tracking techniques in such areas, “as measuring the popularity of various online entertainment sites,” says the WSJ, quoting the company’s John Desmond (right).

No mention is made of whether or not BayTSP is still in the picture, says the story, which has RIvTP’s Ray Beckerman saying the decision to drop Media Sentry is a victory for his clients.

MediaSentry has been, “invading the privacy of people,” he says, and, “They’ve been doing very sloppy work”.

He cites MediaSentry’s practice of, “looking for available songs in people’s filesharing folders, uploading them, and using those uploads in court as evidence of copyright violations.”

MediaSentry, “couldn’t prove defendants had shared their files with anyone other than MediaSentry investigators,” Beckerman states in the story.

But the RIAA, “stands by MediaSentry’s techniques, citing University of Washington research released last year that concluded the company’s methodology incorporates ‘best practices’.”

Definitely stay tuned.

Jon Newton – p2pnet
I am not giving any legal advice; just my opinion.

8
posted by (2010-07-16 17:18:28)
scubadu avatarThanks Menahunie, I'll forward him what you said.

9
posted by Vip MemberTrusted UploaderET junkieET loverSuperman (2010-07-17 13:16:11)
extremezone avatari really think that this "CH Russo" was an moderator or admin and he just wanted to mess up the tpb leading force before he dies

10
posted by (2010-07-17 13:41:14)
bluepeas avatarHey...there's a lock in my address bar now when I go to PB...like we see when using a credit card or banking online, lol

11
posted by Vip MemberTrusted UploaderET junkieET loverSuperman (2010-07-17 14:11:26)
extremezone avatarmaybe because you use https secured



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