Wikileaks caught up in Swedish police raids
Copyright coppers go after P2P servers
Swedish police raided several addresses this morning, including an ISP linked to Wikileaks, while assisting a Belgian file-sharing probe.
Four Swedish nationals were arrested following raids on residential addresses, Umea University and two ISPs.
Computers and servers were seized but police stressed the investigation was centred on specific IP addresses.
Although one raid was on PRQ - a Wikileaks ISP - a spokesman for the Swedish police's copyright unit, Paul Pintér, said the raids had nothing to do with the site.
Pinter told The Local the raids were the culmination of a four-year investigation into a film sharing network called "The Scene".
Leaders of the group get "credz" points for first seeding films onto the network. The next layer down is described as "topsites" and is spread around several IT firms and is where the copyrighted material is held, the paper reports.
Swedish police said evidence would be sent to Belgium for investigation but did not rule out charges for breaches of Swedish law too. ®
Why is Wikileaks in the title? That's like saying that someone in my street has had kiddie porn found on their computer, and because he lives in the same postcode as me, El Reg points the finger in my direction.
Come on El Reg...
"The Scene" is not a group.
"Leaders of the group get "credz" points for first seeding films onto the network. The next layer down is described as "topsites" and is spread around several IT firms and is where the copyrighted material is held, the paper reports."
Its actually a massive credit to sceners that statements like that exist. The various groups are isolated and insular, security is tight and the fact that this is how its believed to work is a credit to the scenes secrecy.
Monkey, because he knows his dump from his topsites and his couriers from his sceners ;)
"The Scene" lolz
I have to be careful not to piss myself laughing here given I am currently in the 1st class carriage of a train (would be embarrassing) but I had to comment on this.
"The Scene" is NOT a network by any stretch of the imagination. It is the generic name given to the ad hoc release tier of movie/music and software piracy. To suggest it is some massive underground network is ridiculous and it is anything but organised. The scene is made up of all the "release groups" and there is little to zero cohesion between any of them.
About the only thing that was ever officially called The Scene was the short set of movies made by someone back around the 2005 era (probably "The Industry") as an attempt to scare file sharers with stories of FBI infiltration, turncoats etc.
A news article referring to The Scene as some sort of file sharing entity is laughable and has made my day.
Sometimes I am truly staggered by the complete lack of understanding by media and "The Industry" about how file sharing works. Furthermore, "The Scene" ultimately begins with "The Industry" itself in most cases (although granted not with cams).
Please please please write more articles like this, we could all do with a good laugh every now and again.