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Poetic justice or illegal break-and-enter?

Early last July, DailyTech reported on, a website run by anti-piracy firm MediaDefender. According to, offered “fast and easy video downloading,” and asked users to download a MiiVii client, which purportedly scanned users’ hard drives for illegal content. The site’s true ownership was betrayed by carelessly maintained DNS entries, which revealed numerous contacts pointing to MediaDefender employees and their offices in Santa Monica, California.

Shortly after the initial report, MediaDefender CEO Randy Saaf wrote in to refute ZeroPaid’s, calling the accusations a “complete fabrication.” Unfortunately, when pressed for additional comment – particularly regarding the suspicious nature of the company’s DNS changes – Saaf offered no response.

MediaDefender returned to the spotlight again last Saturday, when a group, calling themselves the “MediaDefender-Defenders” (MDD) leaked almost 700 megabytes of internal e-mail onto the Internet. The leak appears to chronicle the communications of several MediDefender employees, with dates stretching from March 28, 2007 to September 10, 2007.

The leak targetted at the company’s interdiction efforts.  “By releasing these emails we hope to secure the privacy and personal integrity of all peer-to-peer users. The emails contains information about the various tactics and technical solutions for tracking p2p users, and disrupt p2p services,” reads the accompanying NFO file – the group behind the leak seems to have spared nothing. Topics run the gamut from internal minutia: meetings, employee evaluations, and sick leave; to privileged discussion on the nature and performance of MediaDefender’s P2P interdiction and monitoring efforts.

One full day after the email leak, MDD struck again and released a 25-minute voice-over-IP phone call between MediaDefender and the New York State General Attorney. “MediaDefender thinks they've shut out their internals from us. Thats [sic] what they think,” reads the phone leak’s requisite, accompanying NFO file. More importantly, MDD has signaled that more is on the way and will be released “when time is ready.”

The authenticity of the email or VOIP has not be confirmed by MediaDefender.

On the same day as the phone leak, reports surfaced of a database dump of MediaDefender’s tracking network also appeared on BitTorrent. However, at this time DailyTech has not been able to verify the authenticity of these claims.

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By Master Kenobi on 9/17/2007 10:47:57 AM , Rating: 5
They just got owned. Big time.

RE: Damn
By mdogs444 on 9/17/2007 10:56:59 AM , Rating: 2
Yes they did. They created that site (or something) where they want you to upload files. Its a bait & trap site for them to bust you. In one of the emails, it showed them creating bum email accounts for that site and having them forwarded to their actual accounts internally.


RE: Damn
By Trisagion on 9/17/2007 11:24:54 AM , Rating: 2
First the RIAA, then SCO and now MediaDefender.

The people strike back.

RE: Damn
By Randy Marsh on 9/17/2007 11:32:29 AM , Rating: 2
I was reading some great article the other day about how they will never provide any (legally) useful information on people, since they have permission to seed and leech stuff from the copyright holders, and all they can ever prove is that an individual leeched or seeded to/from them.
Thier numerous attempts to create an fake P2P service, either by controlling a tracker or the central server of a classic P2P system must be an attempt to get around this.

RE: Damn
By jak3676 on 9/17/2007 12:05:26 PM , Rating: 5

</end Simpson's quote>

RE: Damn
By Tsuwamono on 9/17/2007 8:53:23 PM , Rating: 2
You couldn't think of a better Simpson's quote? They have been on the air for what 12 years now? lol

RE: Damn
By rtk on 9/18/2007 1:37:49 AM , Rating: 2
18, they've done it all.

By gramboh on 9/17/2007 11:43:20 AM , Rating: 2
Well it makes me happy to know these bozos are basically going to have to shut down shop over this one, and likely reform a new company with a few new people. What morons.

RE: Haha
By Murst on 9/17/2007 1:22:32 PM , Rating: 5
It's just a flesh wound.

RE: Haha
By Polynikes on 9/17/2007 3:45:05 PM , Rating: 4
You're probably right about that, but it's certainly a very satisfying one, wouldn't you say?

RE: Haha
By oab on 9/22/2007 4:14:54 PM , Rating: 2
Look you stupid bastard you've got no arms left! What are you going to do bleed on me?!

And those e-mails are a fine read
By Nik00117 on 9/17/2007 10:45:59 AM , Rating: 3
I got a copy of those e-mails, and holy cow I wonder what the president of the RIAA said after he heard of this... Internal e-mails being leaked of this senstivty.

I can assure right now, besides MDD searching for more data other prates are going to comb though those e-mails and pick out ways to defeat MDs tactics.

Priates have always been one step ahead, but this leak puts them 20 ahead.

RE: And those e-mails are a fine read
By mdogs444 on 9/17/2007 10:47:40 AM , Rating: 2
Any insight to where they are posted? id love to read what those bastards are doing...

RE: And those e-mails are a fine read
By Nik00117 on 9/17/2007 11:15:15 AM , Rating: 2

Would have to use BT to DL, haven't seen it any where else.

File format may be a pain it was mbox, took me a while to figure out how to get it opened.

RE: And those e-mails are a fine read
By mWMA on 9/17/2007 2:16:20 PM , Rating: 3
hmm.. well in case you forget in the future or need to give a easy way to do it.
How to import mbox mailbox into various email clients.

By erikejw on 9/17/2007 7:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
This is hilarious.

They make software to scan indiviudals pcs and now they get the same thing thrown back at them but now they will cry and say it is illegal to do things like that.

RIAA have been cought in the act again banging themselves harder and harder.

Come again?
By justinmcg67 on 9/30/2007 10:28:00 PM , Rating: 2
So they're putting software on your computer to TRACK you? Last i checked that was illegal. is a Company/Firm doing this? Thank god the hackers got them. Good work guys. Keep it up. =D

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