p2pnet news | p2p:- No, p2pnet hasn’t been acquired by the bad guys.
“The infamous anti-piracy organization Media Defender recently bought the P2P.net domain,” posted our friend Torrentfreak over in Holland, going on:
“Currently P2Pnet redirects to Google and at this point it is still unclear what their plans are for the domain.”
P2P.Net or P2Pnet?
I don’t usually check my email till after I’ve done four or five posts but today I have to finish early and I had three emails waiting, one from a non-admirer who said, “So THAT is who you sold p2pnet to.”
If he/she had read a little further he/she would’ve seen Torrentfreak was talking about P2P.net, not my site.
p2pnet.net was indeed up for sale earlier in the year and I did indeed have a couple of dodgy looking enquiries. But a guy in the US thankfully came to the rescue. I was able to remove the For Sale sign in very short order and everything is now cool.
Ernesto meant P2P.net. The typo, now fixed, wasn’t up for long and meanwhile ……
Trap unsuspecting people into uploading copyrighted material
Media Defender was created to spread alarm and despondency and what better way than to use a fake P2P site?
It’s already proved its willingness to do that in its attempt to make money out of file sharing and file sharers by using at least one phoney web page to trick the unwary.
“Online scalp hunter Media Defender apparently launched scam site ‘miivi.com’ to trap unsuspecting people into uploading copyrighted material so victims could later be nailed, presumably an entertainment cartel enforcement unit such as the RIAA or MPAA could later nail them,” we posted recently.
The company quickly pulled the site, claiming it was all a nasty mistake.
Nasty it was. A mistake it wasn’t.
Now, having acquired P2P.net, “it’s likely that they will use it for one of their pirate traps such a the fake video download service Miivi or the fake BitTorrent trackers they run,” says TorrentFreak going on:
P2P.net (not P2Pnet.net) was up for auction at eBay 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’s not likely that the domain will stay unused for a long time.
Count on it. But you can help pull the fangs of this particular beast by spreading the word that P2P.net is owned by a dyed-in-the-wool online scalp hunter.
Torrentfreak goes on:
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 TorrentFreak:
“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.
Definitely stay tuned.
Jon Newton – p2pnet