Raids Against Online Piracy Networks

By Per Hansson · 13 replies
Apr 23, 2004
  1. In the so far biggest international raid against online piracy networks 100 individuals have been identified and 200 computers have been seized in over 120 coordinated searches.

    Behind the operation "Fastlink" stood the US Justice Dept., FBI and police in Belgium, Denmark, France, Israel, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Great Britain/Northern Ireland, Sweden, Germany and Hungary. Plus 27 US states.

    Around 30 of the computers where servers used to spread warez online, and one single of those servers contained over 65 000 pirated titles. The raid was aimed against well-known groups like Fairlight, Kalisto, Echelon and Class Project X.

    According to Business Software Alliance (BSA) the raid led to seizure of software estimated to be worth close to US $40 million.

    Source: Aftonbladet.
  2. werty316

    werty316 TS Rookie Posts: 185

    Is this the same bust that happened on wedsneday?
  3. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Topic Starter Posts: 1,959   +218

    I have not heard of that and Aftonbladet gives no source for their info (they are one of the largest newspapers in Sweden)

    But I would assume so in that case...
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Heh, I got an email fowarded to me from my ISP from those dudes. Apparently I was sharing something I shouldn't have been (it was named in the e-mail, but I don't care to share it here).
  5. TS | Crazyace

    TS | Crazyace TS Rookie Posts: 275

    WOW dude, does that mean you are in any kinda trouble?

    I stay away from the warez, it's getting to crazy..

    Guess the governments of all these countries believe that monitoring warez is more important that say terrorist. It's ridiculous. The same folks that share these warez are the same folks that wouldn't buy the stuff anyhow.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Nah, I got off with a warning, or so it seems. Here is exactly what I recieved, with "xxx"s in the place of my personal info and the file I got caught with.
  7. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512


    Must've been something "hot" and new software since BSA was sending out a letter like that...

    Closest thing I've been to that was when BSA sendt a letter to my company asking about licensing procedures and if we would mind having a little visit from them to make sure we've got our licenses in order...
    (Let's just say that online shopping and overnight shipping is a nice thing!)

    Oh, and I do wonder what would've happened if I'd said "no" to if they could come and review our licenses. (This was in a questionare)
  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    And that was just what was on MY hard drive!
  9. MoRulez

    MoRulez TS Rookie Posts: 65

    OMG SNGX1275!

    Did you have a router even?

    If you did have a router, than damn, those guys were really seriou about hunting ppl down for not purchasing their crap.
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    No, didn't have a router, actually I wasn't even running a firewall at the time I got snagged. So yeh its my fault, and some of you may label me 'stupid'. But I did what those dudes wanted and unshared my files, I've got plenty of goods and know other ways of getting something I need rather than P2P.
    Only reason I was sharing my goods was cause I didn't know that crap got scanned and I was doing a "public service" while I was getting some other goods. In any case, my "installers" directory is unshared (all 16+ gigs) and I'm only sharing the minimal now. Actually I haven't even ran it since I got snagged, like I said I'll get my stuff other ways. P2P was just easier for the more obscure files.
  11. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I got contacted for my "zoo animals" video files being shared but not for copyright issues, instead it was because animal rights associations were complaining ( panzies !!! ). :p
  12. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172


    Shame on you :)
  13. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    It doesn't matter if you are using a firewall or router, at least not here in the states- the riaa can force the ISP to give you up although I believe there is a temporary injuction against that descision but that is why they are issuing john doe lawsuits in anticipation of that injuction being overturned.

    SNGX if I would of gotten that letter, I not only would of stopped sharing the files, I would of changed my name and moved to New Zeland.
  14. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Topic Starter Posts: 1,959   +218

    one word: peerguardian
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