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