Category Archives: Crime Pays

It’s OK If We Do It

Business ethics, and, collateral damage,

The film industry is using pirate tactics to beat the pirates – by employing “cyber hitmen” to launch attacks that take out websites hosting illegal movies.

As noted by one commenter over at Slashdot,

DDOS-ing a hosted tracker somewhere, essentially can DDOS the whole colocation company. There’ll be a bunch of small company servers there, a bunch of kids’ blogs, some community page, maybe a couple of Teamspeak and Ventrilo servers, stuff like that. It’s not even a hypothetical scenario. The Pirate Bay servers for example, as probably the most famous tracker, were hosted at such a company. And basically then everyone else there is colateral damage, even though they never did anything wrong with those servers.

Aside from it being illegal anyway, which has become a feature, not a bug, it seems.

It Was Worse Than Being Video Taped

Tase ’em bro,

The Home Office abandoned plans to establish an independent inquiry into the News of the World phone-hacking scandal last year after a senior official warned that the Metropolitan police would “deeply resent” any interference in their investigation, according to a leaked government document.

As Alan Johnson came close today to accusing Scotland Yard of having misled him over the scandal, a leaked Home Office memo shows that the last government decided against calling in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary after intense internal lobbying.

It’s OK if you’re a billionaire.