TorrentFreak Readers’ Top Articles of 2010

We did it again. Despite being chronically understaffed we managed to get at least one article published on TorrentFreak every day in 2010. Although we aim to regularly publish articles worthy of being listed in a year's end overview, rather than choose those for inclusion ourselves we felt our loyal…

Google Helps Seized BitTorrent Site to Regain Lost Traffic

The domain seizures by the U.S. Government in November hit the sites affected badly, reducing their traffic to a trickle overnight. One of the sites, BitTorrent meta-search engine Torrent-Finder, is refusing to throw in the towel and shows how futile the seizure was. In addition to taking legal action to…

Top 10 Most Pirated TV-Shows of 2010

As the year moves toward its end we have been listing the most pirated entertainment titles of 2010. Following our Top 10 games and movies charts, we now turn to the most downloaded TV-shows. Lost tops the list this year with over 5 million downloads for a single episode, beating…

Radiohead Charity Pay-What-You-Want DVD On BitTorrent

In January 2010, in response to the emerging tragedy from the earthquake in Haiti, Radiohead performed before a limited audience at a charity concert in the United States. Since that performance, footage of the event has been painstakingly compiled by fans and now a twin DVD has been released, endorsed…

BotTorrent? Using BitTorrent as a DDoS Tool

A recent talk at the Chaos Communications Congress revealed how BitTorrent swarms can be exploited to take down large websites with relative ease. A vulnerability in the technology behind so called trackerless torrents makes it possible for someone to trick downloaders of popular files into send thousands of requests to…

Hadopi Sends 100,000 Warning Emails To Suspected Pirates

Hadopi, the French authority with responsibility for issuing warnings to illicit file-sharers, has just announced that so far it has sent out 100,000 email warnings. While the figure is far below the 50-70,000 reports filed by the entertainment industry every day, around 15% of warning recipients have responded by email,…

Call of Duty: Black Ops Most Pirated Game of 2010

As 2010 comes to an end, we follow up our most pirated movies chart by taking a look at the most pirated games of the year. Call of Duty: Black Ops is the absolute winner in the PC games category this year. On Xbox 360 Dante's Inferno receives the same…

RapidShare Shows MPAA/RIAA: We Can Lobby Lawmakers Too

Last month RapidShare discovered that they had been reported by the MPAA and RIAA to the US Government for being one of the world's "most notorious pirate markets". Now, on the heels of reports that the entertainment industries spent a small fortune lobbying for domain seizures in the last quarter,…