BitTorrent Monitoring As a Work of Art

Opinion

Last week we reported on a website which claimed to breach BitTorrent users' security by showing what media they were sharing along with their IP addresses. The article provoked hundreds of responses, some scared at the site's abilities and others proclaiming it as an elaborate fake. So what exactly was it for and who was behind it?

Fox News, Rupert Murdoch… All Pirates

Fox News, a prominent media outlet owned by copyright evangelist Rupert Murdoch, is blatantly infringing on the rights of an individual photographer. The irony, or hypocrisy, is that Murdoch himself is going after Google, the BBC and many other companies that he believes are infringing on the rights of his news empire.

BitSnoop Returns With Fake Torrent Checker

After more than two months of downtime caused by a webhost screwup and a lack of backups, the BitTorrent site BitSnoop has returned with many added features. Among other things the BitSnoop team has implemented "FakeSkan", a feature that warns users about suspicious torrent files.

Twitter Suspends Accounts of Torrent Sites

Twitter has suspended the accounts of at least two torrent sites and removed all of their followers. No reason for the suspension has been given other than that the sites in question "abused" Twitter's service. Both sites were updating their accounts with newly published torrents daily.

BREIN Wants Usenet Provider To Start Filtering

In recent months there have been several attempts by anti-piracy groups to force file-sharing sites to filter links from their systems. But now in a bold move by Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, there are demands that a Usenet provider should proactively filter infringing content from the worldwide newsgroup system.

Research Exposes Risks for BitTorrent Seeders

A recently published paper found that it is relatively easy to expose BitTorrent's biggest content providers. The researchers were able to identify 70% of the initial seeds of publicly available torrent files that were uploaded to The Pirate Bay, something that might peek the interest of the entertainment industry.

Major Bulgarian BitTorrent Sites Targeted By Police

Following the joint signing of an IFPI / Bulgarian Interior Ministry memorandum declaring a crackdown on piracy, the head of the Computer Crimes Department appeared on TV and said that the country's two largest BitTorrent sites will be closed down. Both Zamunda.net and Arenabg.com are currently in the spotlight but it is feared more could join them in the future.