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Filesharing site revealed to be anti-piracy ‘honeypot
10-26-2013, 10:26 PM,
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Filesharing site revealed to be anti-piracy ‘honeypot
The guardian Wrote:Filesharing site revealed to be anti-piracy ‘honeypot’

Operator of UploaderTalk boasts of ‘biggest swerve ever’ as he sells user data to anti-piracy company


Samuel Gibbs
theguardian.com, Friday 25 October 2013 12.36 BST

High-profile file-sharing site UploaderTalk found to be year-long piracy honeypot. High-profile filesharing site UploaderTalk was found to be an anti-piracy honeypot

A high-profile file-sharing site has been revealed to be a year-long pirate "honeypot", collecting data on users, file hosters and websites.

The revelation, which had users of the forum up in arms, accompanied the purchase of the UploaderTalk (UT) site by US-based anti-piracy company Nuke Piracy.

A honeypot is a facility, in this case a site, run under false pretences that encourages criminal behaviour in an effort to collect incriminating data.

“That's right – the biggest swerve ever,” the operator of UT, known only as WDF, said in a statement about the purchase of the site. “I, WDF, work for the anti-piracy people!”
Set up to collect data

WDF, having previously been a senior member of another high-profile filesharing site called WJunction, started UT a year ago – a site designed to attract people who upload copyrighted files to file-hosting sites for profit, as well as representatives of file-hosters touting affiliate and incentive schemes.

“UT was set up for a number of reasons. But mostly to be a sounding board, proof of concept ... and to collect data,” said WDF.

“I collected info on file hosts, web hosts, websites. I suckered shitloads of you,” WDF bragged.
Proprietary and unconventional methods

It is unclear what WDF or Nuke Piracy, a private anti-piracy firm, intends to do with the data collected. Nuke Piracy, based in Arkansas, USA, clearly states on its website that it uses “proprietary and unconventional methods we do not discuss or disclose our methodologies, processes, and procedures publicly.”

It is likely that Nuke Piracy will use the data as part of its anti-piracy actions, collected from UT and possibly WJunction as well, given that WDF had access to sensitive data on the site as a senior management including user accounts.

“I work for Nuke Piracy now, this is very bad for anyone profiting from piracy,” proclaimed WDF.

Nuke Piracy, which launched its own site and “IP theft and copyright infringement detection, mitigation, and prevention” services in February 2013, has reportedly made several moves to acquire active piracy sites, set up honeypots, as well as an anti-piracy news site called CashWhore.net.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/25/filesharing-site-anti-piracy-honeypot-uploadertalk-user-data

the actual site here
http://www.uploadertalk.com/ut-site-information-center/ut-news-announcements/2008-special-announcement-ut-acquired-nukepiracy-wdf-consultant-nukepiracy.html
never heard of it but from what i gather it was a warez scene site.
i am guessing that nuke piracy will catch some intarwebs vigilante smitage ..lol
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10-27-2013, 05:30 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-27-2013, 05:31 AM by stanzela.)
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RE: Filesharing site revealed to be anti-piracy ‘honeypot
Interesting. All of the heavy-handed bragging by WDF coupled with the fact that it appeared in the Guardian make me wonder if this isn't just ruse set up as an attempt to create a culture of fear or mistrust amongst filesharers (not unlike a petless house putting a 'beware of dog' sign up in the window to deter intruders).

I suppose both scenarios are essentially as effective, though. Either they did dig up some dirt and suspicions rise, or they didn't and the same happens less the minor initial bust.
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10-27-2013, 09:28 AM,
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RE: Filesharing site revealed to be anti-piracy ‘honeypot
This was also referenced on TorrentFreak. As you noted though, stanzela, whether this is factual or a wind-up remains to be seen.

Having had some experience with the "Scene" and interaction with some of its participants in the past, I can guarantee there will be users reacting mildly to strongly (in terms of paranoia) to this revelation. However, it's a strong enough community that even those with little backbone will remain simply for the social aspect.

Then again, who knows how many tracker users keep up to date with TorrentFreak and other related sources.
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