EliteTorrents.org shutdown by FBI

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Source Title:
Sith movie causes FBI to act
Story Text:

The FBI has announced that it has shut down the P2P network Elitetorrents.org. The Bureau said that the website was the source of recent pirated copies of the new Star Wars movie `Revenge of the Sith` which was leaked onto the Internet even before the film was released.

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, turned up on the p2p network more than six hours before it appeared in cinemas. Not surprisingly, it turned out to be something of a hit. The authorities claim that over the following 24 hours, the movie was downloaded more than 10,000 times.

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Hehe, judging from the ads, there are still alternatives.... {grin}

FBI slapped on their webpage

http://www.elitetorrents.org/

Do you think they do that in house or outsource the design work?

 

It's "different" ; ] You don't get a lot of black on red sites anymore these days...

 

A quick search on LimeWire shows RotS is still around.

If the FBI want to really stop this kind of thing they need to employ a crack squad of 15 year olds! Kids know way more than some of the more experienced internet users, they'll always find a way around something...

 

If anyone knows, It'll prolly show up here first: http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=rtjkjas

hmm...

my first thought was that it was a hoax/hack of some sort. others seem to think this too.

googling it, though, Wired and a couple other people are writing about it, though, so it must be true??

EDIT TO ADD: ok, looking at other sources, it does seem to be true. they *do* need to hire a competent web designer, though! ;)

impressive serps

- those 23 MSN ones - as compared to:

nil at Google
nil at Yahoo!

Thanks a lot for that illustration Wit, MSN surely surprised me positively there.

claus: we saw the same thing

with the googlebowling thing a while back, didn't we... MSN having it first...

jurisdiction in the Netherlands?

FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs, armed with 10 search warrants,...

It seems somewhat questionable that a copyright mattter is being handled by these agencies.

Furthermore, checking at netcraft yields these results:

http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://elitetorrents.org

Netblock Owner IP address OS Web Server Last changed

LeaseWeb P.O. Box 616 3500AP, Utrecht Netherlands www.leaseweb.com 83.149.101.146 Linux unknown 20-May-2005

LeaseWeb P.O. Box 616 3500AP, Utrecht Netherlands www.leaseweb.com 83.149.101.146 Linux Apache/1.3.33 Unix PHP/4.3.10 21-Mar-2005

LeaseWeb P.O. Box 616 3500AP, Utrecht Netherlands www.leaseweb.com 83.149.101.146 Linux Apache/1.3.33 Unix PHP/4.3.10 21-Mar-2005

LeaseWeb P.O. Box 616 3500AP, Utrecht Netherlands www.leaseweb.com 83.149.101.146 unknown Apache/1.3.33 Unix PHP/4.3.10 20-Mar-2005

LeaseWeb P.O. Box 616 3500AP, Utrecht Netherlands www.leaseweb.com 83.149.101.146 Linux Apache/1.3.33 Unix PHP/4.3.10 17-Mar-2005

LeaseWeb P.O. Box 616 3500AP, Utrecht Netherlands www.leaseweb.com 83.149.101.151 Linux unknown 17-Mar-2005

LeaseWeb P.O. Box 616 3500AP, Utrecht Netherlands www.leaseweb.com 83.149.101.144 Linux unknown 17-Mar-2005

LeaseWeb P.O. Box 616 3500AP, Utrecht Netherlands www.leaseweb.com 83.149.101.144 Linux Apache/1.3.33 Unix PHP/4.3.10 12-Feb-2005

TELUS Communications Inc. 2600 4720 Kingsway Avenue Burnaby BC CA 66.203.194.20 FreeBSD Apache/1.3.29 Unix PHP/4.3.6 21-Dec-2004

TELUS Communications Inc. 2600 4720 Kingsway Avenue Burnaby BC CA 66.203.194.35 FreeBSD Apache/1.3.31 Unix PHP/4.3.9 22-Oct-2004

So, the address while the site was active was at:
83.149.101.xxx

a traceroute to 83.149.101.146, shows:

(...)

8 125 ms 125 ms 125 ms if-9-0.bb8.nqt-newyork.teleglobe.net [207.45.198.73]

9 125 ms 125 ms 125 ms if-9-0.core2.nqt-newyork.teleglobe.net [66.110.8.129]

10 219 ms 219 ms 218 ms if-2-0.core1.ldn-london.teleglobe.net [207.45.220.38]

11 219 ms 219 ms 203 ms if-4-0.core2.ldn-london.teleglobe.net [195.219.96.70]

12 218 ms 203 ms 219 ms if-1-0.core2.lhx-london.teleglobe.net [195.219.96.122]

13 219 ms 219 ms 219 ms if-2-0.core1.ad1-amsterdam.teleglobe.net [80.231.80.1]

14 203 ms 203 ms 188 ms vlan2.msfc1.ad1-amsterdam.teleglobe.net [80.231.82.4]

15 188 ms * * ge-1-0.r1.sbp.nl.leaseweb.net [80.231.82.132]

16 * * * Request timed out.

17 *

It appears that the site was hosted in the Netherlands during its active life. How do the FBI and ICE get to raid physical premises in the Netherlands in a commercial matter? The EU ought to be asking some questions about this. What are those 10 search warrants issued by an American judge worth in the Netherlands?

Leaseweb is relatively unknown, but teleglobe router names can usually be trusted to be accurate.

I'm sure members like Fanto can check my homework and post a confirmation or correction.

Rabidus tego jactans, kalendarium jussi ab Sibylla (?)

Does anybody know what that means? Looks like pig Latin to me.

Something like:
I cover the silly bragging, timing dictated by Sibylla (the prophetess?)

Mind you, that the best I can make of that, translating very liberally. Could be that whoever came up with that was just kidding...

 

>> It seems somewhat questionable that a copyright mattter is
>> being handled by these agencies.

*lol* I've met a few that would find these agencies themselves somewhat questionable. I've also heard rumours that the US legislation now more or less extends US jurisdiction to the whole world (don't really follow politics, so I can't say if it's true).

As for customs - it seemed odd to me at first, but on second thought I'm not sure. There might be some import/export issues with taxed music/movies/software crossing borders.

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As for MSN, well that was really a surprise moment to me. I did not check the GoogleBowling SERPS, but this speaks volumes. All of those 23 are very fresh.

WTG MSN :-)

mmmmm

http://192.31.21.68/Shut%20Down%20By%20FBI%20AND%20ICE_files/

[DIR] Parent Directory -
[TXT] filelist.xml 24-May-2005 07:58 352
[IMG] image001.png 24-May-2005 07:55 70K
[IMG] image002.gif 24-May-2005 07:55 12K
[IMG] image003.jpg 24-May-2005 07:55 11K
[IMG] image004.jpg 24-May-2005 07:55 9.2K
[IMG] image005.png 24-May-2005 07:55 11K
[IMG] image006.gif 24-May-2005 07:55 8.6K
[DOC] web-site-design.doc 25-May-2005 07:54 500.6K
[PDF] tort-tech.pdf 07-Sep-2002 00:05 2,008K

there were issues

a while back with servers in london being seized

The story developed a little in the Uk but nowhere else much. At the time we were all pretty shocked to be honest.

related

Somewhat related: Hollywood calls BitTorrent Brits to US Court

So, if the US should decide to ban sale of pr0n while it's legal here, and I should decide to sell such stuff, does that mean that some US authorities can prosecute me for something that's been perfectly legal here for more than 30 years?

Somehow this all seems absurd to me.

if they outsourced it...

...whoever they outsourced it to is using MS word to generate their webpages...

Hoax

The domain name is still registered to "domains by proxy" and the name servers are still with a private host.

The last site that I saw that was seized by the FBI for illegal content had .gov nameservers.

The operator probably did it themselves after being served a legal notice.

no hoax, see ice.gov

http://www.ice.gov/graphics/news/newsreleases/articles/starwars052505.htm

One might think that it's a bit hard to forge a document on that particular domain, but of course it could probably be done - if not from outside then by an insider. It was there yesterday as well, and with all the news stories it would probably have been taken down if this was a hoax. Methinks.

Remember That Justice Kills Just As Serves (?)

Still guessing - mind you. I'm puzzled by the RTJKJAS. It's an obsession ; )

 

?If the FBI is truly now world wide, I feel for you folks in Western Europe.

The FBI does not respect US citizens or their rights and treats us all like we are traitors to our own Country. (Did you all know the US is now a police state, where the police have sweeping new powers and very little oversight?).

I have a friend that had an anti-bush site, the FBI and Secret Service have searched his house three times in the last eight months (that he knows about - the police can now search your house and plant listening devices in your home and phone lines in secret) and the last time they searched his house (that he knew about) they seized all his computers (even his I-pod and blackberry), but have never charged him with a crime. I can tell you he is scared and now has no way to make a living. He won't be putting up another anti-bush site anytime soon, so much for "free speech"...

I believe, I am even risking a "talking too" from the FBI by posting this in a public forum.

I can't imagine how the FBI is going to treat you non US Citizens...

 

Heh - I'm fairly safe here in Russia. The local FSB laugh at your FBI and their lightweight softly-softly tactics...err...

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