European Police Raid Targets File Sharing Sites
Police in some 14 European countries participate in an operation against senior members of the “Pyramid of piracy” and the servers used to deliver that content copyright, including the BitTorrent tracking site The Pirate Bay (www.thepiratebay.org), as reported by p2p news site TorrentFreak.
According to Tuesday’s report, the Belgian authorities ordered raids to go on to Internet service providers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Britain, Czech Republic, Hungary and Sweden, the provision of services to the “Warez scene “of the network, which is involved in the underground distribution of pirated content such as software, films and music – collectively known as warez. The raid was reportedly the product of two years of planning.
Among Internet providers run was PRQ (www.prq.se), which, in part, the hosts Whistle Blower web site WikiLeaks (www.wikileaks.org). PRQ is also said to be operated by Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij, two of the founders of The Pirate Bay.
“At 9:00 this morning, five cops were here,” said Mikael Viberg PRQ of TorrentFreak. “They were interested in who were using two IP addresses from 2009 onwards. We have no records of our customers but we are giving the email addresses of those responsible for IP addresses. However, it is rare that our have e-mail clients that have their origin. ”
Inquirer technology news blog reports that the police raids that the Pirate Bay got inaccessible for a period of time, however, Wikileaks remained in line. “Wikileaks is still working, suggesting that for once is not the focus of law enforcement authorities,” the registry. “It has been reported that police seized a number of servers during raids.” Federico Ingblad specified fiscal Swedish Swedish Expressen.se news source that the operation is not Wikileaks.
Technology blog Ars Technica has reported that four people have been arrested, as well as servers and personal computers.