Cyber-criminals Disclose MediaDefender Inc. Activities on Internet

Innumerable messages describing the activities of MediaDefender Inc., a firm employed by record companies and film studios to deluge file-sharing networks with phony files of pirated movies and albums, have pervaded the net.

A community named "MediaDefender-Defenders" accepted responsibility for sending over 6,000 e-mails supposedly from Santa Monica, a California-based MediaDefender.

According to reports by Dailytech on 17 September 2007, MediaDefender-Defenders, in a compressed text file containing messages, had informed that by issuing these messages, they wanted to obtain the confidentiality and personal reliability of all P2P (Peer-to-Peer) users. The messages include [sic] data about different strategies and technological details for trailing P2P users and interrupting their services.

The group alleged that it had accessed a MediaDefender worker's Gmail account; the person had sent his official mail through his own Google e-mail account. The 700 MB file including the e-mails was rapidly distributed through BitTorrent, and its substance had also been removed and changed into HTML prior to releasing on a site.

The messages specify the "miivii.com" program and its next step in development after it was found to be operated by MediaDefender, partnership with the Attorney General of New York to help find persons engaged in dealing child porn, and also the firm's schemes while corrupting and trailing P2P networks. But the firm has negated operating any such Website.

The disclosure is explicitly going to cost a lot to the company in its attempt to maintain the faith of all firms with whom it has a working rapport and could possibly create legal complications over the child porn matter. Computers that download copies of the files are there to hold as a proof. If the computer is being owned by a private enterprise in place of a Government company, MediaDefender could end up in court.

MediaDefender's CEO, Randy Saaf, said that the civil and criminal inquiries into the purloined e-mails from the firm had commenced. They had conferred with the FBI on 17 September 2007, according to the report by Computerworld on 17 September 2007. He also informed that the IP address of the users had been accessed and it was worth the excitement.

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