RE: Crap, does no one check any sources?

From: Ben Grodsky <grodsky_at_mediadefender.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2007 09:06:46 -0700

tell the truth now. it did more than just "phone home"; didn't it edit features on your mobile device and enter you into various spam mailing lists? i distinctly recall that there was a mail bombing feature too and that it helped hide Osama.

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From: Dylan Douglas
Sent: Fri 06-Jul-07 09:03
To: MIIVI
Subject: RE: Crap, does no one check any sources?

http://www.heise-security.co.uk/news/92261

While the site was active it apparently offered (genuine) free downloads of complete movies <http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8877/Gotcha!+New+MPAA+Site+Tries+to+Trick+Users+into+Illegally+Downloading+Movies> , plus a bonus described as download acceleration software. This package seems to have been a trojan that additionally searched the victim's computer for potentially illicit copyrighted material. It is rumoured that the software searched for media files within a specific range of file lengths and prompted the user to delete them. There is currently no suggestion that the trojan "phoned home" but it is purported to have indiscriminately deleted all the media files it found, whether or not they were legal.

At least they said, "it is rumoured," which is better than most of the sites so far.

 
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Dylan Douglas
MediaDefender

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From: Jay Mairs
Sent: Fri 7/6/2007 12:09 AM
To: Randy Saaf; Ivan Kwok; Dylan Douglas; MIIVI
Subject: Re: Crap, does no one check any sources?

If the major news outlets aren't interested in the story, I would take that as an indication that the VAST majority of people don't give a shit about this story. However, if they do think it's worth writing about, we definitely want to get our side of the story in the mainstream media, so I think Randy's plan of going to the big tech media outlets is a good one.

So far the story has only been on techie, geek websites where everybody already hates us. If the story stays on these sites, we should let it die. So far, it's gone through digg and slashdot without gathering too much attention.(Seriously, look at some of the stories that have been dugg harder than this one in the past few days) All the rest of the stories are pretty much blogs linking to blogs linking to blogs, etc, etc.

----- Original Message -----
From: Randy Saaf
To: Ivan Kwok; Dylan Douglas; MIIVI
Sent: Thu Jul 05 23:46:10 2007
Subject: Re: Crap, does no one check any sources?

Yeah. I am trying to get a real news source to do a story on this. I want wired, cnet, etc.

----- Original Message -----
From: Ivan Kwok
To: Dylan Douglas; MIIVI; Randy Saaf
Sent: Thu Jul 05 23:24:56 2007
Subject: RE: Crap, does no one check any sources?

Actually maybe we can take the oppuntunity to do a press release stating we're not associated with MPAA nor distributing copyrighted materials. Also the filters are just not completed yet and the site were meant for internal testing only.
If we continue not to respond to the false accusations and let miivi die, it's like silently admitting that all the rumors are true.

-----Original Message-----
From: "Dylan Douglas" <dylan_at_mediadefender.com>
To: "MIIVI" <MIIVI_at_mediadefender.com>
Sent: 7/5/07 10:15 PM
Subject: Crap, does no one check any sources?

http://www.movieweb.com/news/54/20954.php

PIRATE TRAP SET BY MPAA
The MPAA has set up a decoy website aimed at snagging pirates, according to the website blorge.com (whose motto is "technology with attitude"). According to the website, Media Defender, operating on behalf of the MPAA, has set up a site dubbed MiiVi.com that offers "fast and easy video downloading all in one great site" including software that it says speeds up the downloading process. However, according to blorge.com, the software actually searches the computer for other copyrighted files and sends the information back to Media Defender.

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Dylan Douglas
MediaDefender
Received on Fri Sep 14 2007 - 10:55:49 BST

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