The Pirate Bay hits out at DDoS attacks on ISPs

News by Dan Raywood

File-sharing website The Pirate Bay has called distributed denial of service (DDoS) and similar attacks "forms of censorship".

File-sharing website The Pirate Bay has called distributed denial of service (DDoS) and similar attacks "forms of censorship".

In a statement posted on its Facebook group, The Pirate Bay responded to actions by Anonymous against internet service providers (ISPs) that were instructed to block access to the file-sharing website.

In its post, it said it does not encourage these actions and believes "in the open and free internet, where anyone can express their views. Even if we strongly disagree with them and even if they hate us".

“So don't fight them using their ugly methods. DDoS and blocks are both forms of censorship. If you want to help, start a tracker, arrange a manifestation, join or start a pirate party, teach your friends the art of bittorrent, set up a proxy, write [to] your political representatives, develop a new p2p protocol, print some pro-piracy posters… support our promo bay artists or just be a nice person and give your mom a call to tell her you love her,” it said.

Last night, BBC News reported that Virgin Media was forced to take its website offline for an hour during a DDoS attack after the company began preventing access to The Pirate Bay last Wednesday following a High Court order.

A statement by Virgin Media said the attack lasted one hour, beginning at 5pm, and it was only blocking The Pirate Bay because it had been forced to do so.

It said: “As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders but we strongly believe that tackling the issue of copyright infringement needs compelling legal alternatives, giving consumers access to great content at the right price, to help change consumer behaviour.”

ISPs including Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, BT and O2 have been ordered to prevent their users being able to visit The Pirate Bay by this coming Friday. BT was reported as requesting "a few more weeks" to consider its position.

Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said blocking The Pirate Bay was pointless and dangerous and would fuel calls for further, wider and even more drastic internet censorship.

Graeme Batsman, ethical hacker and director of Data Defender, said: “The recent government proposals to block websites such as The Pirate Bay and monitor emails, web browsing, phone calls, text messages and VoIP raise a whole host of questions that need addressing.

“Not only will it infuriate groups such as LulzSec, Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN, it will also encourage individuals to go more underground by using increasingly enhanced countermeasures.”


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