An anonymous reader writes: I was scanning conference proceedings to come up with ideas for a reading group I run at my workplace and I noticed an interesting paper from the new IEEE WIFS forensics conference. Researchers from the University of Colorado have published a technique for tracking bittorrent users by joining and actively probing torrent swarms using low-cost cloud computing services. They claim their methods allowed them to monitor the entire Pirate Bay torrent set for as little as $13/mo using EC2. But that's not even the interesting part. Their work appears to have been "funded in part through gifts from PolyCipher" — a broadband ISP consortium. That's right. Three major national ISPs funded this round of bittorrent tracking research, not the MPAA/RIAA. Could this be evidence of ISP support for ACTA and a global 3-strikes law?