Underground releases are usually accompanied with elaborate "NFO" files, such as this one.
Hackers vow to destroy P2P, “one step at a time”

Private BitTorrent tracker Feedthe.Net was recently attacked by a group of hackers claiming to be members of the underground release ‘Scene.’ The group released a text file containing intimate personal details about one of the site’s administrators, Brandon Taylor.

The text file – called an NFO file – was signed by “CELLKiLL,” with a subtitle that describes the group as “Destroying the P2Ps, One Step at a Time.”

According to TorrentFreak, FeedThe.Net is the second such BitTorrent tracker to fall prey to CELLKiLL’s vendetta.  Late last year, SuperTorrents and its administrator Ersan suffered grievous security breaches, with the attack culminating in a lengthy NFO describing the site’s security systems as well as the theft of $2,000 from the site’s PayPal account.

While it may not seem so, it appears that the world of P2P file sharing is under siege from both the legal content industry, as well as the very groups who supply the scene with releases -- many “warez” groups are just as picky about distribution as the content providers they steal from. Oftentimes, release groups have approved channels for distribution as well as strict formatting rules, and historically they have not taken kindly to interruptions.

It appears that this specific attack was a direct reaction to Taylor’s behavior, as the group accused the FeedThe.Net of stealing “thousands and thousands of releases from the scene” and then banning sites that he claims stole from him. Despite this, the attackers’ agenda is not completely clear; CELLKiLL offered a number of different possible intentions without stating specifically what – or who – it was working for.

The NFO file closed with a warning, stating that there are more attacks yet to come: “We have yet again erased another torrent admin from existence. Other Groups (sic), do your part to make the scene what it was in the beginning. Secure.”

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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