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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > DDOS Attacks Launched Against Torrent Sites

DDOS Attacks Launched Against Torrent Sites

DDOS Attacks Launched Against Torrent Sites

Added: Friday, September 24th, 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 head of AiPlex Software, an anti-piracy outfit, admitted recently that his organization launched DDOS attacks against some BitTorrent tracker sites, though the company later refused to confirm those quotes.

Girish Kumar from AiPlex Software said several weeks ago that they are used to following kind of activity: when they find a website linking to the content they protect or hosting it, they immediately contact the server hosts to inform them of the unauthorized activity. The company issues a notice to the website owner, but if they don’t comply, the website gets suspended or even dismissed.

AiPlex Software works for Bollywood studios, offering its services of protecting a film at $4,500 to $8,500 in average. What differs it from the similar services is the methods it uses against people refusing to co-operate. The company admitted that the problems usually arise with torrent sites, which refuse to oblige. That’s where the company starts flooding the tracker with requests resulting in database error and leading to denial of service, because any server has a set bandwidth capacity. Sometimes they even attacked the website to destroy the information so that the movie stopped being distributed.

Unsurprisingly, such confession caused ‘wow’ reaction from many, especially from the potential victims of the attacks. Probably AiPlex Software is unaware of the fact that carrying out DoS attacks against web sites is a criminal offense, even if it’s done in the sake of the all-powerful film industry.

However, when BitSnoop tracker asked the company about their unorthodox approach during discussion of the copyright takedown demand made by AiPlex Software and related to a film they were protecting, the company denied all the claims. Now they said they only identified the IP addresses of the infringing websites and handed this data over to the studios to start litigation. Then, if the government gives cyber police a permission to attack the infringing trackers, the company could help with that, using DDOS attack as a common method, but not before.

However, the other side of the discussion believes the opposite. ICTorrent had to deal with AiPlex, which has contacted them hundreds of times but failed to deliver any proper notice. After refusing to comply, the tracker experienced numeroud DoS attacks since last year, though they all failed. Usually the attacks begin at the weekends, when most PDVDs are released. 1 million requests are sent from ten to a hundred IPs, and the tracker has to block them all. Sometimes admin just calls the company and asks to stop.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

September 24th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, September 24th, 2010

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-09-24 15:46:44)
dobbs avatarThanks SaM. Something we all need to stay updated on

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-09-24 15:50:56)
fusseltier avatarlast i heard, that was illegal. they are blatantly breaking the law.

posted by (2010-09-25 09:44:35)
madwiggyNLD avatartnkx sam and yes it look very oldschool and illegal
a mouse does funny things when its traped

posted by Blocked (2010-09-25 13:38:57)
menahunie avatarLMFAO - payback is a bitch for these POS...

Here is a link for what is happening to this ahole company LOL: http://www.slyck.com/story2057_New_Slurry_of_DoS_Attacks_Against_Aiplex

Here is the story if you don't want to go to the web site.. See how they like it back at them. You piss off millions of torrent users you get what you deserve....

New Slurry of DoS Attacks Against Aiplex
September 24, 2010
Thomas Mennecke
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A great DoS (Denial of Service) battle is currently transpiring as 4chan users and other supporters have targeted Aiplex once again, taking the website offline. Aiplex, along with the MPAA, RIAA, BPI, Davenport Lyons and ACS:Law websites have all been targeted in a series of attacks that started over the weekend.

Dubbed "Operation Payback is a Bitch" the series of DoS attacks are in retaliation for the alleged MPAA hiring of Indian firm Aiplex, which organizers say launched a DoS attack of their own against The Pirate Bay.

"This was begun in retaliation for denial of service attacks perpetrated by AIPLEX against The Pirate Bay's servers on behalf of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and the MPAA (Motion Pictures Association of America). Anonymous has successfully engaged in its own DDoS against AIPLEX's servers and has expanded its operations against the MPAA and the RIAA, which at the time of writing were also unreachable."

The tool being used in the attack is an easy to use piece of software called the "Low Orbit Ion Cannon". According to a post on Panda Security, the Anonymous Team leading the effort released an "hive activity" update to the software this morning, allowing for automatic target updates.

"The Anonymous team has modified the Low Orbit Ion Cannon DDoS tool to include a new “hive mind” feature, which allows anyone using the software to turn their computer into a voluntary bot simply by inputting the correct IRC C&C server into the program. Once the C&C is set, the software will then automatically connect to the channel, receive commands (What URL/IP to attack), and start attacking automatically."

Whether there is any collusion between the two organizations is unknown - however according to Daily News & Analysis, managing director Girish Kumar said Aiplex indeed uses the DoS technique to force compliance.

"The problem is with torrent sites, which usually do not oblige. In such cases, we flood the website with lakhs of requests, which results in database error, causing denial of service as each server has a fixed bandwidth capacity. At times, we have to go an extra mile and attack the site and destroy the data to stop the movie from circulating further."

Considering the distributed nature of the attack, it seems it will continue at least for the next day. The attacks have also rendered ACS:Law's website inoperable too, with little to suggest either will return in the near future.

posted by (2010-09-28 20:11:46)
capnmorgan5150 avatarIt's kinda like killing a doctor so he can't perform any more abortions, lol. Stupid fvcks!

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