Fri Feb 20, 2009 03:11
Indicating support for The Pirate Bay team, hackers have attacked several of the IFPI?s websites, defacing one of them with a message for the trial prosecution. However, Peter Sunde feels the attack is misguided and says such actions don?t help their cause. He is pleading with the hackers to stop.
There can be no doubt. This week has seen a level of support for The Pirate Bay that has taken almost everyone by surprise. Sure, everyone knows it is the biggest BitTorrrent site and sure, the people who run it are some of the biggest characters in the scene, but the interest has been over and above what most people expected.
Some are showing support by getting up in the middle of the night and translating the case for others. Some have been outside the court in the cold, while others have released a documentary. Many millions have been following every development online and posting words of support feverishly to blog and forum.
A few individuals took more direct action yesterday, much to the dislike of The Pirate Bay. They attacked the website of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Sweden yesterday, defacing it, and leaving a message there for the trial prosecutor;
Stop lying HÅKAN ROSWALL!:
The ruthless hunt conducted by the IFPI, Anti-Piracy Office, Warner Bros., and all the other companies with a pawn in the game has now resulted in a trial in which four innocent men are accused of copyright infringement. This is a declaration of war against anti-piracy outfits and the industry players behind them, and we urge the public to boycott and lynch those responsible. IFPI is just the beginning. To be Continued.
The New Generation
When the RIAA website was hacked last year, the news was met with glee by thousands. No doubt this news will be well received too but one person who isn?t particularly happy about it - at least in the context of the court case - is Peter Sunde, aka brokep.
?Our case is going quite well as most of you have noticed. In the light of that it feels very bad that people are hacking web sites which actually puts us in a worse light than we need to be in,? he said.
The defacement included a note saying ?To be Continued..? and Peter reports that he has heard rumors that there could be further attacks against the international page of the IFPI and the domain previously owned by Peter, IFPI.com.
Indeed, at the time of writing, both sites are unavailable, in addition to the Swedish site. There are no messages (possibly indicating a DDoS) but they are both down.
While all this might be a great distraction for those who believe the music industry only gets what it deserves and deserves what it gets, Peter is calling for calm;
?If anyone involved in the acts going on is reading this - please stop, for our sake. We don?t need that kind of support.?
The IFPI site currently carries this message; ?Welcome to the IFPI Svenska group. This page is temporarily taken out of service.?
Stay tuned today for our coverage of the trial?s Day 4.
Update: IFPI.se, .org and .com are back online.