Anti-Piracy Law Firm Evacuated After Bomb Threat

After nearly two weeks of DDoS attacks on various anti-piracy law firms and organizations such as the RIAA and MPAA, Operation Payback is still ongoing. In a possibly connected event, a few hours ago the office of the law firm Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver was evacuated by the police after a bomb threat was received. The firm is responsible for suing thousands of BitTorrent users in the United States in recent months.

The Pirate Bay Appeal Day 3: The Wasa Connection

The Pirate Bay appeal continued this morning with the defense of Carl Lundström. His lawyer argued that his client is not the major financier behind The Pirate Bay as the prosecution would have the court believe. Lundström - the grandson of the founder of the Wasa knäckebröd company - was never involved with The Pirate Bay, his lawyer claimed.

Pirate Bay User Database Exploited By Spammers

A large number of The Pirate Bay users have received an email, allegedly from the site's operators, inviting them to join the private BitTorrent tracker DemUnoid. The Pirate Bay team has distanced itself from the senders, but it remains a mystery how the spammers gained access to the site's user database.

Torrent Site Thanks 4chan For DDoSing Anti-Piracy Outfit

Today, ICTorrent, the private tracker which was recently revealed to be a DDoS target of anti-piracy company AiPlex Software, celebrates its birthday. On this occasion the site gives thanks to 4chan activists for helping to bring the attacks to an end while showing TorrentFreak that pirate movies the site watermarked with its own logo have been turning up on national TV.

Top BitTorrent Trackers Face Major Downtime

For nearly a week the two largest BitTorrent trackers on the Internet have been mostly offline. With the recent DDoS attacks at BitTorrent sites in mind, some feared that both OpenBitTorrent and PublicBitTorrent were victims of a similar assault. Although both trackers are indeed overloaded, the origin is friendly fire this time.

BitTorrent-Only Horror Movie Denied IMDb Listing

A film set to be released for free via BitTorrent has been denied a listing in the Internet Movie Database. The Tunnel is currently in production and despite pleas from the makers, IMDb won't allow it on their site. The creators of this horror movie believe that because they have shunned an official distributor and chosen a BitTorrent model instead, this has put them at a disadvantage with the Amazon-owned site.

The Pirate Bay Appeal Day 2: Lost Sales

The Pirate Bay appeal is moving forward faster than expected. On the second day representatives for the music and movie industries talked about lost sales and revenues they claim can be attributed to The Pirate Bay. In addition, the prosecution uncovered ad sales and money trails to portray The Pirate Bay as a commercial organization.

Wikipedia Adds BitTorrent Powered Video Streaming

Streaming capabilities have been added to BitTorrent via the Tribler client, and more recently uTorrent. Thus far the implementation of these technologies into major websites has been lacking. That position changed this week as the Wikimedia Foundation partnered with P2P Next to use BitTorrent-powered streaming for their video content.