Police raids take down popular bit-torrent tracking website

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    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
     


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    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.
     
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    glad i dont have an account on wikileaks
     
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    i was wondering about censoring where it was hosted, anyone can do it if they wish, or just delete this whole thread
     
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    Armed with IP addresses, [/p]
    Look out! They've got IP addresses!
     
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    I doubt it matters if the place you're talking about is mentioned, it's practically a household name.
     
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    I just checked that very same website.

    Dammit, that's where I get my torrents from. [​IMG]
     
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    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.
     
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    from the forum rules
     
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    That site again?
     
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    It will never stay down.
     
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    Just get on Private trackers kids. "that site" sucks too in general
     
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    yeah that website has been attacked so many times from the law, it's not even funny anymore [​IMG]
     
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    Well it looks like I had better get Hotspot shield running. Oooh and Peerblock.
     
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    Those literally won't do anything to protect you.
     
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    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.
     
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    You say it like anything on private trackers isn't released on that site in a few hours....
     

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