Swedish Law Enforcement Delivers Long-Awaited Pirate Bay Raid Sequel; Seizes Servers And Knocks Site Offline
from the TPB-Raid-II:-Sony's-Revenge dept
For whatever it's worth and for however long it actually lasts, The Pirate Bay is down. After a hiatus of nearly a decade, the long-running bane of the MPAA/RIAA's existence has again been raided by Swedish law enforcement.
The Pirate Bay portal went down Tuesday morning after Swedish police raided a server room in Stockholm over alleged copyright violations. In addition to its file-sharing section, Pirate Bay’s forum Suprbay.org was also down.This follows the arrest of the last Pirate Bay co-founder, Frederik Neij, who was picked up last month near the Thailand-Laos border. That last arrest may have been a boon for Swedish authorities, but this raid may have been prompted more by a recent high-profile hacking than a culmination of the long battle against the Pirate Bay.
“There were a number of police officers and digital forensics experts there. This took place during the morning and continued until this afternoon. Several servers and computers were seized, but I cannot say exactly how many,” Swedish prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad told Radio Sweden.
Today’s raid comes after Pirate Bay was found to be hosting some of the leaked movie files stolen from Sony Pictures Entertainment in its recent hack. It’s unknown if the raid and takedown were instigated by the distribution of those Sony files.That the Pirate Bay is indeed down is still somewhat surprising. As Wired points out, the operators claimed to have moved their operations to the cloud and away from centralized servers. Not only that, but its ditching of torrents in favor of magnet links essentially makes any takedown more symbolic than useful. And while there have been reports that the site is back up under a new domain, it appears those reports are exaggerated for the time being.
Hollywood -- and the law enforcement agencies that run interference for it -- will take all the symbolic victories they can get, though. The endless attempts to block the Pirate Bay have been completely ineffective. And while the very occasional raid usually manages to knock a target completely off the air, it's rarely, if ever, permanent.
Not to restate the obvious, but every action taken against the Pirate Bay only sends it more traffic when it inevitably returns to life. High-profile raids carried out by local law enforcement seemingly at the behest of American studios does little to raise the estimation of either entity in the eyes of the general public.