Hackers crash Dutch anti-piracy site
Hackers on Wednesday crashed the website of the Brein foundation, a Dutch advocacy group for the entertainment industry which just this week filed a lawsuit against the Swedish download site Pirate Bay
According to Tim Kuik of Brein the attack started hours after the foundation served the owners of Pirate Bay, a Swedish site that allows people to illegally download movies, music and games, with summons to appear before a court in Amsterdam on July 21. The summons were sent over Twitter and Facebook because the foundation's lawyers had not been able to physically locate the site's owners. Brein wants Pirate Bay blocked for users in the Netherlands.
The attack, which Kuik says was a coordinated Distributed Denial of Service attack (DOSS) attack, was so fierce that the foundation's website, anti-piracy.nl, was shut down. A DOSS attack is when a large number simultaneously send requests to a particular website, causing the server to crash. "Our servers are protected, so it must have taken a large number of computers to shut us down," Kuik said.
Brein protects the rights of the entertainment industry, and it currently has the Swedish torrent site Pirate Bay in its sights. The three founders of Pirate Bay - Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg - have already been given prison sentences and a 2.6 million-euro fine by a Swedish court. But pending an appeal in the case, the website remains active, including in the Netherlands.
The Pirate Bay file-sharing site is related to the Swedish Pirate Party, which won 7.1 percent of Swedish votes (1 seat) in the recent European election.
Kuik says he's not upset about the attack. "I think it's rather amusing. This was probably done by people who are always talking about freedom information. But if they don't like what someone is saying, they want the information removed."