Feeds

Bomb threat lobbed at Finnish anti-piracy squad

Freetard fury after The Pirate Bay is blocked

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

A Finnish anti-piracy group said yesterday that it had received a bomb threat for its role in blocking The Pirate Bay in Finland.

Banning the torrent site has set off a train of reprisals, including the bomb threat. The Copyright, Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC) told The Register that it had received an email – signed "Anonymous Finland" – threatening to bomb its offices in central Helsinki sometime this week.

Yes, we received a bomb threat via e-mail on Monday, shortly after there was a ddos-attack by Anonymous Finland against our webpage. The email gave a fairly thorough description of the bomb.

It was signed by the slogan used by Anonymous:

Freedom is Ours. We Do Not Forget. We Do Not Forgive. We Are The Anonymous.

The Finnish branch of Anonymous Finland announced yesterday, on their Twitter feed, that Anonymous is not behind the e-mail.

Anyway, the bomb threat was immediately reported to the police. We have no other option that to take this kind of threat seriously, regardless of where it has come from.

The Anon_Finland Twitter account denied that the group had made any bomb threats and stated that the group does not condone physical violence.

Anonymous Finland had been mobilising sympathisers to rain down internet vengeance on the CIAPC and music industry body the IFPI, which recently won a court ruling to get filesharing site The Pirate Bay blocked. On Monday, Finnish internet provider Elisa complied with the court order and blocked its 2.2 million users from accessing The Pirate Bay.

While the Finnish contingent of the Anonymous crew doesn't condone violence, it does condone hacking, and the group claims to have taken down the websites of the two organisations - which are still down at time of writing. It has also published – via its Twitter feed – the phone number of Tommi Kyyrä, the deputy director of the IFPI, instructing Twitter followers to "melt his mobile".

Anonymous Finland has not left us short of grandiose statements, either:

IFPI, We ain't kiddin. We've the means & all the time of the world to wipe You out. U'll bankrupt to fix the mess We'll cause You #elisagate

Finnish radio station Ylex interviewed KillEmWithLazers - a Twitter user claiming to be a member of Anonymous Finland. He said that his hatred of censorship motivated the attacks and that a combination of a bot and a few bugs on the company's servers left it open to being downed by the hackers.

British internet provider BT was requested to block The Pirate Bay last year. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.