Startup uses DDOS to confuse BitTorrent sites

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New "Pirate Pay" Russian-based startup, partially funded by Microsoft, monitors illegal files and stops the download process.

While "scramble trackers" aren't new, Pirate Pay promises they have modified a traffic management application to confuse BitTorrent nodes so users can't download specific files. The most vocal about pirate sites, Hollywood studios, have already run tests. Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Studios reported they effectively blocked "tens of thousands" of downloads.

Receiving $100,000 from the Microsoft Seed Financing Project, Pirate Pay protected the file Vyotsky. Thanks to God, I'm Alive and reported moderate success, claiming 44,845 transfers were stopped. No report on how many went through, or if frustrated pirates moved to other BitTorrent nodes and succeeded. Since the technology works by confusing BitTorrent clients and users about IP addresses, each node must be identified and tracked, a tough job in a global distributed system.

Hang'em high

Go Microsoft! Finally some substantial action being taken.

Jack Bond on

Private sites are full of selfish, elitist arseholes.

PrivatePercy on

There really is no excuse for piracy. None. You can rationalise it away as much as you like, even trying to put the blame on the people making the stuff in the first place, but it ultimately boils down to: "I'm too impatient to wait; give it to me now! NOW! GIMME!"

Sean Timarco Baffaley on

Sneaky pirates

But, it don't do jack against direct downloads (htttp downloads).

asdfth12 on

Microsoft has only made 20.9 billion last quarter, those damn pirates it should have been 21 billion.

Fail on

this is news again? Wasn't it all abuzz 7 or so years ago?

13xforever on

Perhaps they should try to sell the government a device for shooting down bi-planes. I'm sure it would be just as effective.

Nick Gisburne on

Tech details

You're an idiot if you think that there is a single private tracker out there that hasn't already been infiltrated by copyright industry / law enforcement.

dreamfeed on

Most torrent clients can choose to ignore seeds who fail to provide data...And then you distrobute that list of bad seeds :)

DJ Smiley on

It's really very hard to masquerade as a legit peer when you're not. After you send a few bad blocks of data, the client already auto-bans that IP.

FrostyC on

And will these sneaky Russians also offer a paid service which will exclude you from their Denial Of Service attacks.

Khaptain on

Legal issues await: is it legal to use illegal DDOS attacks against illegal sites?

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