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French military closes Bit Torrent site
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 02:17:26 -0500 (CDT)
By Nick Farrell
8 June 2009
THE FRENCH MILITARY moved to close down a large Bit Torrent tracker in
what is the first recorded use of a nation's armed forces under the
control of the entertainment industry.
It seems that the French government used taxpayer funded military
personnel to gather information in order to shut down the Snowtigers
According to Torrentfreak , French police arrested 10 members of the
site's staff and seized more than 20 servers after the military assisted
in locating them.
A representative of the French anti-piracy organisation ALPA confirmed
that it had "worked very closely with the military" to locate the
ALPA president Frédéric Delacroix managed to convince the military that
SnowTigers was a criminal organisation and therefore the use of spy
technology in the hands of the military was warrented to shut it down.
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