Tag Archives: BitTorrent

The Fight Against BitTorrent

The advent of BitTorrent was a cause for celebration for people who wished to share large files very quickly, but Internet Service Providers did not see the technology in quite the same positive light. ISPs soon found that the majority of their bandwidth was taken up with BitTorrent traffic, and some, like Canadian provider Shaw, started throttling the service in response. BitTorrent clients such as Azureus added a feature that encrypted torrent traffic to try and get around these ISP roadblocks.

Now, a company called Allot Communications is claiming that their new hardware product, the NetEnforcer, is the first device that will seek out and throttle encrypted BitTorrent traffic. According to a spokesperson for the company, the NetEnforcer utilizes deep packet inspection technology “to identify and analyze hundreds of applications and protocols, track subscriber behavior, prioritize traffic and shape traffic flows.”

Read full artical at Ars Technica – (Accessed 04-09-2006)

The Pirate Bay

Over the weekend The Pirate Bay, a Swedish-based BitTorent site, went offline. Just three days after a police raid shut down the site, and sparked street protests in Sweden and intense international interest, the site has returned.

Relocated to servers in the Netherlands — appeared much as it was before the police action, but included a mocking message for the authorities, and a revamped logo that shows the site’s trademark pirate ship hurling a cannon ball at the Hollywood sign.

The Pirate Bay has a longstanding history of defiance to international copyright enforcers, most clearly exemplified by its habit of posting and publicly mocking take-down notices received from content owners. The defiance follows the politics of the Swedish anti-copyright organization Piratbyran, which founded The Pirate Bay in 2004, but has since gone it own way. Copyright minimalists, Piratbyran and The Pirate Bay seek abolition of most intellectual property law.

A video of the raid can be downloaded with the following hash link – Pirate Bay Raid