Good Trial Gone Bad: Pirate Bay Supporters Hack IFPI Site

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A major trial between top Pirate Bay operators and major content owners took an unfortunate turn starting Wednesday.

As the parties worked through various legal arguments, Pirate Bay supporters quickly hacked the IFPI site.  “The ruthless hunt conducted by the IFPI, Anti-Piracy Office, Warner Bros., and all the other companies with a pawn in the game has now resulted in a trial in which four innocent men are accused of copyright infringement,” the altered site read.

The move was shunned by top operator Peter Sunde.  “Our case is going quite well as most of you have noticed.  In the light of that it feels very bad that people are hacking web sites which actually puts us in a worse light than we need to be in,” Sunde pleaded in a recent blog post.

The “quite well” part includes the removal of a major copyright infringement allegation, based on the structure of the Pirate Bay BitTorrent tracker.  Instead of actually delivering copyrighted works, the Pirate Bay acts more as aBitTorrent guide or search engine, though still a critical part of the file acquisition process.  As of Thursday midday, sites and appeared normal, though the organization also weathered some denial-of-service attacks