Article: Media Defender Buys

From: Tabish Hasan <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 14:04:37 -0700

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Media Defender Buys Preparing for their Next Scam?

Written by Ernesto <> on July
12, 2007

The infamous anti-piracy organization Media Defender recently bought the domain. Currently P2Pnet redirects to Google and at this point
it is still unclear what their plans are for the domain. However, it is
likely that they will use it for one of their pirate traps such a the
fake video download service
oad-site-to-trap-people/> Miivi or the fake BitTorrent trackers
<> they
run. (not was up for auction at eBay
m150095528412> earlier this year. Initially it wasn't sold because the
original owner wanted a higher price for the domain. It turns out that
Media Defender <> was one of
the interested parties, and they probably paid thousands of dollars to
get the domain in their possession. Because of the huge amount of money
that's involved it is not likely that the domain will stay unused for a
long time.

Last week we discovered that Media Defender actively tried to lure
oad-site-to-trap-people/> into downloading blockbuster movies from
their fake download site, As expected, only a few hours after
we made the news public the site was taken offline.

Media Defender later told Ars Technica
apment-accusations-with-fake-torrent-site.html> that Miivi was an
internal project to test out an online video project, but we know
better. We're convinced that they will try this, or a similar trick
again in the near future.

Media Defender is hired by companies like the MPAA, BSA and RIAA to
track down people who try to download copyrighted content. They record
IP-addresses from BitTorrent trackers and other P2P networks. But they
also utilize more proactive methods such as uploading fake .torrent
files and setting up fake video download sites.

Luckily most BitTorrent site admins are aware of their shady practices
and remove these fake files from their sites before they can do any
harm. Pirate Bay admin Brokep offered his help to other BitTorrent
admins to help them identifying and removing these fake files, he told
ankruptcy-plank/> :

"Since the Miivi-incident we can't keep quiet about them anymore. We
want their employers to stop using them so they go bankrupt"

To our friends at Media Defender from all of us here at TorrentFreak...
We're watching you...

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