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Film Industry Hires Cyber Hitmen To Take Down Pirates 457

thelostagency writes "Girish Kumar, managing director of Aiplex Software says his company is being hired by the film industry to attack online pirates. He says if a provider did not do anything to remove the link or content hosted on its site, his company would launch what is known as a denial-of-service (DoS) attack on the offending computer server. From the article: 'Kumar said that at the moment most of the payment for his company's services came from the film industry in India. "We are tied up with more than 30 companies in Bollywood. They are the major production houses." As for Hollywood films, he said they, too, used his services.'"
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Film Industry Hires Cyber Hitmen To Take Down Pirates

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  • Re:So like (Score:4, Informative)

    by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @12:49AM (#33517202) Homepage

    I think this article should be published far and wide, it's anti-product placement for the MAFIAA. Stop denial of service attacks on the Internet, abolish copyright today. Do not support organized crime, boycott MPAA today.

  • Re:Really? (Score:5, Informative)

    by ultranova ( 717540 ) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @02:02AM (#33517556)

    If DDOS attacks are suddenly legal, there are a fuckton of servers I want to point at the MPAA right now.

    They aren't legal for mere mortal serfs like you. They are legal for the nobility by virtue of their divine property rights. Learn your place and bow to your masters.

  • by exomondo ( 1725132 ) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @02:29AM (#33517658)

    Do you have any evidence that any US companies have actually hired him to do DOS attacks?


    As for Hollywood films, he said they, too, used his services.

    "We are tied up with Fox STAR Studios - Star TV and 20th Century Fox - who are a joint venture company in India."

    Fox Star is of course owned by News Corp. But by all means take my above comment as a hypothetical if you prefer.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 09, 2010 @02:40AM (#33517716)

    Five minutes on Google, and they already look like tools. They're amateur spammers, too. I find it hard to believe anyone hired them for anything. Why don't you have a look yourself, and if you wish, tell these utter clowns what you think about their business methods?

    +91 95386 66666
    +91 98451 28280
    +91 80 2503 5411

    Aiplex Founded in 2003 provides net Vigilance services & is a leading provider of Windows-based Network Vulnerability & security Solutions that enable corporations to safely conduct business operations via Internet. The following are the solutions rendered to various clients across the globe.
    a)Search engine optimization
    b)Medical Transcription services
    c)Email marketing / e-campaign
    d)Business solution & Statistical Analysis
    e)Net Vigilance (The complete corporate / Media security for copyright contents)

    Net Vigilance
    We are proud to claim that we are the only Net vigilant company in the Globe thus far to provide unprecedented services on Internet based piracies. To eradicate piracy at its best possible, we strategically follow some of the best practices outlined below;
    a)Finding the links of the unauthorized content using appropriate software which co-relates the copy right / licensed material in any given format.
    b)A detailed statistical analysis of the site which has such pirated content would be made available on a weekly/fortnight basis - they are so called the very enemies to the creator.
    c)Our 24/7 net vigilant agents & customer support team will have a rigorous check on video sharing communities and do regular check ups for copy right deviation.
    d)We shall approach the service provider with the authenticated links of the unscrupulous pirated products being uploaded & appeal them to remove the content/file by sending legal notice / request letter for violation of copyrights.
    e)Our 24/7-support team would also prevent the damage by sending instant legal notices to the service provider & block the account for deviating copyright laws.

    Techniques used in identifying & preventing the copyright damage
    a)We shall promote various articles in leading forums & reiterate the pros & cons of copy right deviation.
    b)Creating accounts in popular social network communities and inviting people to contribute in locating the unscrupulous videos or duplication of an original recording for commercial gain without the consent of owners.
    c)Conducting torrent search with torrent Meta sites using software.
    d)Conducting music search with music meta sites
    e)Conducting video search with video spotters and video sharing meta search engines
    f)We can prevent by sending a strict warning notice/legal notice to certain service provider who invite their clients to upload videos & movies for the benefit of having more traffic to their site.
    g)We can provide the copyright infringement articles which helps the company to promote and update their method of protection against the piracy.
    h)We will seek advice from various technology forums that are implemented which could help the copyright content owners to protect their material against piracy.

    Aiplex Net Vigilance strength lies in DATA BASE
    We have a huge database of popular forums, search engines, torrents, video sharing communities, blogs & social networking communities which can be used to reduce the rate of piracy growth in Bollywood.
    a)We have a list of 14500 leading torrents where movies are uploaded currently.
    b) A list of 97 leading movie uploading sites where people are allowed to upload more than 1GB single file is available with us.
    c)A mega list of 40000 plus forums where general discussion are made will have high impact while we invite aspirants to share views or locate the pirated content on web will surely reduce piracy.
    d)A list of leading 159 video sharing communities

  • Re:Er, (Score:2, Informative)

    by IRWolfie- ( 1148617 ) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @05:18AM (#33518420)
    Copying is not theft
  • Re:Er, (Score:4, Informative)

    by HungryHobo ( 1314109 ) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @05:43AM (#33518570)

    "as in the case of a speed limit on an empty road"

    Assuming of course you don't spin off the road and through someones front window and that the debris from the wreck of your car on a dark road doesn't kill someone who was 10 minutes behind you on the road.

    personally I think the way speed limits are chosen is poor and some roads should be treated like the high quality sections of autoban in Germany with no speed limits but I wanted to point out that even if there's nobody else near you on a stretch of road when you do something risky you can still kill people.

  • by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @05:53AM (#33518604) Journal

    You'd have to check in your jurisdiction, but in most places hiring someone to do something illegal is illegal. It doesn't matter where the people running the DoS live - the RIAA member companies have seizable assets in countries that have such laws.

    I really hope the RIAA goes ahead with this. Once following RIAA strategy starts costing these companies a lot of money, maybe they'll notice that they could make a lot more by being less hostile to their customers.

  • Re:Er, (Score:3, Informative)

    by mcvos ( 645701 ) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @07:46AM (#33519158)

    Theft leaves someone without something.

    This debate is heavily tainted by misuse of words. Piracy means robbing ships on the high seas, theft means depriving someone of his property. Copyright infringement is just that: violating someone's legally granted monopoly.

    Copyright is a legally granted monopoly on the copying and distribution of a particular presentation. Violating that is illegal, but not identical to theft.

  • by Minwee ( 522556 ) <dcr@neverwhen.org> on Thursday September 09, 2010 @06:36PM (#33528364) Homepage

    As I recall it, the standard sentence for a "denial of service" attack is four years in jail and paying $900,000 to the City of San Francisco. And even if they are located in Finland, Sweden or Bangalore it shouldn't be that hard to send the local police raid them to enforce US laws against foreigners living abroad.

    So when are we going to see some action on this?

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