MediaDefender attacks Revision3 with DoS attack

By Justin Mann on May 29, 2008, 6:10 PM
I read this story today and was almost taken aback. After reading through the entire article it seemed too good (or bad) to be true, but apparently MediaDefender, who has been covered here multiple times, has recently been caught doing some very naughty (and downright illegal) things. Revision3 suffered a massive denial of service attack over the Memorial Day weekend, one that was targeted at their Bittorrent tracking service. While the attack was focused on Bittorrent, it ended up depriving Revision3 of effectively all their services – including email.

After some investigations on their part, Revision3 discovered that the culprit was MediaDefender, who had initiated a SYN flood attack on their servers after Revision3 patched up a security hole. The hole was being exploited by MediaDefender to inject bad torrents into their system. What makes the story especially interesting is that Revision3 is not a haven for pirates – they use their torrent system to distribute their own, very much legal, content. So what, exactly, was MediaDefender “Defending” people from?

Good question – MediaDefender claims that it was more or less Revision3's fault for patching the security hole, which made their own “automated systems” go berserk. Intentional or not, a company that is already known for using sleazy tactics to achieve their goals has now been caught doing something that is usually affiliated with scum anyway. It's a great read.

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phantasm66 said:
...and yet when 22 kids are arrested for "vandalism" motivated hacking they face potential jail time?[url]
rest-22-suspected-hackers.html[/url]MediaDefender are taking the law into their own hands. Thats a very dangerous game to start playing.
phantasm66 said:
[quote]You may remember a couple of months ago anti-piracy group MediaDefender was caught working (possibly alongside the MPAA) on a secret website, called, with the sole purpose of tricking people into uploading and downloading copyrighted material, and busting them for it. While downloaded files were real, a program said to "speed" downloads would secretly track people's activity and report back to MediaDefender. [/quote][url]
-emails-leak-onto-the-internet.html[/url]That's entrapment. Is that even legal?
Loquacious1 said:
Let the games begin! Hope Revision3 sues the pants off them for this blunder because they more than deserve it. The nerve of some people. They dare blame Revision3 for patching a security hole in their own system! Wonder how berserk their so called 'automated system' went and how many will now locate their sneaking into places they have no right thanks to this discovery. Great wake up call folks.BTW, entrapment is done by police not private citizens. What I'd question is if they could use such tactics to prove intent on the part of the down loader to obtain copyrighted content and/or prior knowledge/understanding that it was. Think this might depend on language used on the secret site for the most part.
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