Police raids take down popular bit-torrent tracking website

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by Terminator02, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. Terminator02
    OP

    Terminator02 ヽ( 。 ヮ゚)ノ

    Member
    4,517
    309
    Apr 10, 2010
    United States
    Somewhere near monkat
    Police in up to 14 countries around Europe have coordinated to carry out raids against suspected file-sharing servers this morning. Locations in The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Hungary were targeted but Sweden appears to have borne the brunt of the action. Seven locations including PRQ, which hosts WikiLeaks, have been raided.

    This morning news is coming in which indicates that very significant raids against illicit file-sharing are taking place in locations across Europe.

    Police in up to 14 European countries are said to be involved in an operation, said to be in the planning for two years, targeting the Warez Scene, the network of individuals and servers at the top of the so-called ‘Piracy Pyramid’.

    Details are scarce at the moment, but it is believed that at the behest of Belgian authorities, raids have gone ahead in The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Hungary and Sweden.

    Not unusually, Sweden appears to have borne the brunt of the activity with a total of seven locations raided including Stockholm, Malmö, Umeå, Eskilstuna and Solna.

    Armed with IP addresses, this morning police officers turned up at the Solna premises of PRQ, the company that in part hosts WikiLeaks.There is no suggestion that the controversial whistle-blowing site is connected to the operation.

    “At 9:00 this morning, five policemen were here,” explained PRQ’s Mikael Viberg. “They were interested in who were using two IP addresses from 2009 and onwards. We have no records of our clients but we’re handing over the e-mail addresses for those behind the IPs. However, it’s rare that our clients have mail addresses that are traceable.”

    This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

    Update: Swedish Prosecutor Frederick Ingblad told Swedish news outlet Expressen.se, “I can confirm that [this operation] is not about Wikileaks.”

    Update 2: Thus far, four people are said to be being questioned on suspicion of breaching copyright law. Servers and computers have been seized in Sweden.

    Update 3:Police raided the Umeå University.[/p]
    not going to list the source as it will tell you the website

    Edit: it actually just went back up... wow that was fast
    Edit 2: it actually appears to be down in other countries, but not the US
     


  2. Advi

    Advi GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,143
    5
    Jan 26, 2009
    United States
    Hosted by PRQ is a major tipoff. Surprised they left WikiLeaks alone though.
    And I'm not surprised that they're back up again. That site seems to be indestructible at this point.
     
  3. snico1995

    snico1995 GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    290
    0
    Mar 13, 2010
    United States
    glad i dont have an account on wikileaks
     
  4. Terminator02
    OP

    Terminator02 ヽ( 。 ヮ゚)ノ

    Member
    4,517
    309
    Apr 10, 2010
    United States
    Somewhere near monkat
    i was wondering about censoring where it was hosted, anyone can do it if they wish, or just delete this whole thread
     
  5. BobTheJoeBob

    BobTheJoeBob The most optimistic person on the temp. :)

    Member
    1,691
    18
    Aug 2, 2009
    London

    Armed with IP addresses, [/p]
    Look out! They've got IP addresses!
     
  6. Snorlax

    Snorlax POSTMODERNISM

    Member
    588
    2
    Apr 26, 2008
    Australia
    [​IMG]
    Aaaaw, I loved that place. [​IMG]
     
  7. Advi

    Advi GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,143
    5
    Jan 26, 2009
    United States
    I doubt it matters if the place you're talking about is mentioned, it's practically a household name.
     
  8. Slyakin

    Slyakin See ya suckers

    Member
    4,450
    40
    Oct 15, 2008
    United States
    Soviet Slyakin
    I just checked that very same website.

    Dammit, that's where I get my torrents from. [​IMG]
     
  9. yoitsme

    yoitsme Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    63
    0
    Sep 30, 2008
    United States
    lol, Why can't you say the name. It's only the biggest torrent site of the past 5 years. Anyways it's news so it should be said. It's the place that I'm not supposed name.
     
  10. Terminator02
    OP

    Terminator02 ヽ( 。 ヮ゚)ノ

    Member
    4,517
    309
    Apr 10, 2010
    United States
    Somewhere near monkat
    from the forum rules
     
  11. _Chaz_

    _Chaz_ GBAtemp's Official Mook™

    Member
    5,680
    378
    Sep 12, 2009
    United States
  12. Feels Good Man

    Feels Good Man GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,643
    19
    Apr 15, 2007
    Canada
    That site again?
     
  13. liquidnumb

    liquidnumb GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    142
    1
    May 9, 2006
    United States
    It will never stay down.
     
  14. Ferrariman

    Ferrariman Hip-Flop and cRap

    Member
    3,357
    1
    Dec 9, 2007
    Canada
    Canader.
    Just get on Private trackers kids. "that site" sucks too in general
     
  15. jalaneme

    jalaneme Female Gamer

    Member
    6,248
    195
    Nov 27, 2006
    London
    yeah that website has been attacked so many times from the law, it's not even funny anymore [​IMG]
     
  16. giratina16

    giratina16 Born This Way

    Member
    928
    1
    Apr 10, 2010
    G.O.A.T.
    Well it looks like I had better get Hotspot shield running. Oooh and Peerblock.
     
  17. Logan 5

    Logan 5 GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    151
    0
    Jun 19, 2010
    United States
    [​IMG]
     
  18. Ferrariman

    Ferrariman Hip-Flop and cRap

    Member
    3,357
    1
    Dec 9, 2007
    Canada
    Canader.
    Those literally won't do anything to protect you.
     
  19. Hakoda

    Hakoda GBAtemp Addict

    Member
    2,133
    2
    Feb 2, 2008
    United States
    San Jose, CA
    Yeh, those encrypt the connection between other peers but when the computer has to get the information back to your computer it uses a non-encrypted connection which means you're still being watched.
     
  20. Advi

    Advi GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,143
    5
    Jan 26, 2009
    United States
    You say it like anything on private trackers isn't released on that site in a few hours....