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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