[NetBehaviour] First criminal BitTorrent bust in USA: Elite Torrents

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu May 26 03:23:04 CEST 2005

      First criminal BitTorrent bust in USA: Elite Torrents

Snipped from the Department of Homeland Security press release:

Acting Assistant Attorney General John C. Richter of the Criminal 
Division, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement Michael J. Garcia, and Assistant Director Louis M. 
Reigel of the FBI's Cyber Division announced today the first criminal 
enforcement action targeting individuals committing copyright 
infringement on peerto- peer (P2P) networks using cutting edge 
file-sharing technology known as BitTorrent.

his morning, agents of the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement (ICE) executed 10 search warrants across the United States 
against leading members of a technologically sophisticated P2P network 
known as Elite Torrents. Employing technology known as BitTorrent, the 
Elite Torrents network attracted more than 133,000 members and, in the 
last four months, allegedly facilitated the illegal distribution of more 
than 17,800 titles - including movies and software - which were 
downloaded 2.1 million times.

In addition to executing 10 warrants, federal agents also took control 
of the main server that coordinated all file-sharing activity on the 
Elite Torrents network. Anyone attempting to log on to Elitetorrents.org 
today will receive the following message: "This Site Has Been 
Permanently Shut Down By The Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement."

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