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ThePirateBay Files Charges Sourced to Media Defender Leak
September 21, 2007
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The Media Defender email leak started as a major news story and has grown into an internet phenomenon. Last weekend, a group that calls themselves 'MediaDefender-Defenders' leaked an mbox archive containing over 6,600 internal emails by Media Defender employees. Many suspected that this story could only get bigger since now everyone has access to what would otherwise be secret operations. While some doubt that the information from the leak would be admissible in court (since the leak, itself, is technically illegal) it seems that one of Media Defenders targets, ThePirateBay, is now filing charges against Media Defenders.

According to the official blog, administrators of the popular BitTorrent website "now have proof [... that] the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers."

"While browsing through the email we identified the companies that are also active in Sweden and we have tonight reported these incidents to the police.” Brokep explained, “The charges are infrastructural sabotage, denial of service attacks, hacking and spamming, all of these on a commercial level."

ThePirateBay listed the companies they are currently targeting in their charges:
Twentieth Century Fox, Sweden AB
Emi Music Sweden AB
Universal Music Group Sweden AB
Universal Pictures Nordic AB
Paramount Home Entertainment (Sweden) AB
Atari Nordic AB
Activision Nordic Filial Till Activision (UK) Ltd
Ubisoft Sweden AB
Sony Bmg Music Entertainment (Sweden) AB
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic AB

It is unclear whether these charges will, in fact, lead to a full-out lawsuit against the major companies, but this announcement at least indicates that there is a definite effort to push ahead.

Last year, ThePirateBay was raided by Swedish police. No charges against the website administrators have been filed due to lack of evidence. Media reports linked the raid to pressure from within the United States. Seems like the tables may have turned in favor of ThePirateBay.

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