Will Cops Raid The Pirate Bay?
International authorities aren't easing up in their crackdown on file-sharing ops. There was operation Fake Sweep, in which the FBI busted 16 domains, the high-security shakedown of Megaupload's Kim Dotcom -- and now there's talk that Swedish law enforcement plans on raiding The Pirate Bay.
TorrentFreak, which broke the story, claims that a leaked doc details Swedes' plans to target the world's most important torrent site. This would be the second time that cops have targeted The Pirate Bay: in 2006, they raided the Stockholm offices to shut down the site's servers. The move resulted in the conviction of four associated with the website.
The Pirate Bay, which started deleting torrents on Feb. 29 in an attempt to resist shutdown, found out that cops "have acquired warrants to take action against the site, and expect that both servers and the new .se domain name may be targeted soon."
Here's what's up: Pirate Bay's "well-connected" management heard that Swedish detectives were planning a "move against the site in the future."
Instead of sitting on the info, the operators decided to react with a very articulate "fuck you" to cops -- and post their suspicions publicly on the blog.
Check it out:
"The Swedish district attorney Fredrik Ingblad initiated a new investigation into The Pirate Bay back in 2010. Information has been leaked to us every now and then by multiple sources, almost on a regular basis. It's an interesting read. We can certainly understand why WikiLeaks wished to be hosted in Sweden, since so much data leaks there. The reason that we get the leaks is usually that the whistleblowers does not agree with what is going on. Something that the governments should have in mind - even your own people does not agree.
Since our recent move to a .SE domain the investigation has been cranked up a notch. We think that the investigation is interesting considering nothing that TPB does is illegal. Rather we find it interesting that a country like Sweden is being so abused by lobbyists and that this can be kept up. They're using scare tactics, putting pressure on the wrong people, like providers and users. All out of fear from the big country in the west, and with an admiration for their big fancy wallets.
We're staying put where we are. We're going no-where. But we have a message to hollywood, the investigators and the prosecutors: LOL."
In recent weeks, the Pirate Bay has been conducting efforts to protect itself from law enforcement. After the torrent deletion, it will make its files available via magnet links.
However, it's not clear what a shutdown of the Pirate Bay would do. As Runnin' Scared reported, the end of Megaupload sure wasn't the end of file sharing -- after a brief drop-off, web traffic bounced back with the same vigor as before.
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