Anti-piracy site DDoSed

Swedish anti-piracy site Spridningskollen.se was taken offline on Friday by a suspected DDoS attack.

The debt collection company behind the site - which aims to identify Swedes engaged in illicit file sharing - suspects that it’s become the victim of a distributed denial of service attack, according to local reports (Google translation here). DDoS attacks work by swamping targeted websites with junk traffic or requests, leaving them unable to handle legitimate traffic in the process.

Spridningskollen.se attempts to tackle piracy by sending suspected file sharers penalty "letters” related to alleged infringements, a somewhat controversial approach that has left it with plenty of critics and detractors. ®

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