Merkwurdigliebe Posted July 22, 2010 Report Share Posted July 22, 2010 I would like to alert the community to the latest unethical practice of the Media Mafia.I just received two DMCA takedown notices, my first ever. Ironically, neither was for a file I actually downloaded - not that I ever do, of course. Both notices were generated by downloading only a .torrent file. The first was an accident - I was trying to expand the torrent info on something on BTJunkie and hit the download arrow instead of the plus sign. I didn't want the item and discarded the .torrent file. A couple of days later, bam, DMCA notice. I didn't download a single byte of that media file. It was never opened in uTorrent or any other client so it could never have appeared on a tracker. It was never served on my network. I decided to test this yesterday and went to BTJunkie again and selected a file type I an unable to use, downloaded the torrent file, then deleted it. I made absolutely sure that it did not open and that no extraneous traffic left the machine. Next day, bam, another takedown notice. Here are some details from the notice:Initial Infringement Timestamp: 19 Jul 2010 19:17:23 GMTRecent Infringement Timestamp: 19 Jul 2010 19:17:23 GMTInfringers IP Address: 10.10.10.10Protocol: BitTorrentInfringed Work: Random Unusable ItemInfringing File Name: Some Random FileInfringing File Size: 445644343Port ID: 0Note that there is zero duration and no network port listed. The "infringed" work was never shared or downloaded. No torrent client was running and no client started due to the .torrent file download. I had Wireshark running for the entire session and nothing happened that wasn't suppose to happen. The most likely way to have generated that notice is for someone to have intercepted the HTTP download of the .torrent file. This would require either my ISP, BTJunkie's ISP, or BTJunkie themselves to be monitoring HTTP downloads of torrent files. My ISP says they had nothing to do with it, and I tend to believe them. That leaves two primary suspects.So be forewarned, someone highly unethical is up to no good, at least on BTJunkie. I haven't tested anything other torrent site.There is one other other thing I noticed and that is that the BTJunkie site has started keeping a list on your computer of all the torrent files you have downloaded from them. They store them in a cookie named history and display them under a link titled: "n unreported torrents" on the page. I suppose that could set you up for a cross site attack, but that would be a lot harder to do, unless BTJunkie has been turned to the dark side. Why are they still up, anyway? No one seems to be suing them. Could they be a false flag operation?I would be interested to know if anyone else has received these bogus notices. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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