Media Defender internal emails leaked: Truth about Mivii exposedMikey 5 comments
Back in July TorrentFreak alleged that well known anti-piracy group Media Defender were responsible for Mivii, a site with the sole purpose of trapping people into downloading fake torrents. It was also suggested that Media Defender were in cahoots with the RIAA.
Media Defender quickly 'discredited' the allegations, saying that the Mivii web site was an 'accidentally un-secured internal project'.
Well Karma is a bitch, as it turns out that 700mb of Media Defenders' emails have been leaked onto the Internet revealing the complete truth about Mivii and other projects.
The leaked emails, which were ironically available via a torrent, were accompanied by a text file with this message:
By releasing these emails we hope to secure the privacy and personal integrity of all peer-to-peer users. The emails contains information about the various tactics and technical solutions for tracking p2p users, and disrupt p2p services ...A special thanks to Jay Maris, for circumventing there entire email-security by forwarding all your emails to your gmail account"
The login credentials for Media Defenders' servers were also available.
Read the complete amazing story at TorrentFreak, along with the email thread regarding Mivii being exposed by TorrentFreak and Media Defenders' attempt to cover it up.
Update 01: A Media Defender phone conversation and Gnutella database tracking database has also been leaked.
Update 02: ArsTechnica have some great commentary on this matter. From their article:
"Chaos ensued at the company when TorrentFreak disclosed MediaDefender's affiliation with MiiVi in early July. "Looks like the domain transfer screwed us over," Grodsky wrote in an e-mail which also contained a link to TorrentFreak's article. "What needs to happen?! Do you want the server pulled?" he asked Saaf. "This is really fucked," Saaf replied. "Let's pull miivi offline." Shortly after the server was shut down completely, Grodsky sent a follow-up e-mail noting that the story was beginning to spread. He dutifully requested "damage control" instructions from Saaf and discontinued the LimeWire redirect campaign."