Torrentspy names alleged MPAA hacker files suit

Both 8mh andGristyMcFisty used our news submit to tell us about this story they have spotted, concerning a recent
hacking of a small companies network for the MPAA. Apparently, the MPAA had paid
$15,000 for the services of a Canadian hacker. His object was to infiltrate the
Torrentspy.com network and executives, in order to find incriminating evidence.
Now, we have word that the previously unnamed individual, in this story from C|Net, has been identified. Valence
Media, Torrentspy’s parent company affected by these actions, has also
filed suit with the U.S. District Court in California in Los Angeles.


“I contacted (the MPAA) and offered to provide it information regarding (Torrentspy.com founder) Justin Bunnell and Torrentspy,” according to a signed statement by Robert Anderson, the man identified elsewhere in the filing as a “hacker.”


Among the claims by Valence Media is that
as part of its attempt to gather information on Torrentspy, the MPAA hired
private investigators to comb the trash cans of Torrentspy executives.
Valence Media obtained this information from Anderson, who for undisclosed
reasons has agreed to help the company against the Hollywood industry
group, according to copy of the suit obtained by CNET News.com.

Torrentspy is a network that can be used to find and
download copyrighted movies. It is no secret that the MPAA takes a very dim view
of these activities and in the past has shown a zero tolerance. Apparently
though, this time the MPAA may have taken things too far and inadvertently
stepped outside the law. A copy of the alleged contract was included in the
filing, signed by Anderson and MPAA executives. Apparently, the names of
Anderson and MPAA executives can be found on the contract.

Within the contract, there is section calling for information to be
gathered on other peer-to-peer companies and torrent directories, including The
Pirate Bay, eXeem and Mininova. But, what is important to consider, is that the
contract states that the information is to be obtained through legal
means. Even so, Valence Media has asked the judge to force the MPAA to hand
over all information that was taken by Anderson. In addition, they wish to know
if this information has been shared and with whom it was shared with. They
say that placing a clause within a contract, stating the use of legal means to
obtain information, does not mean that they can turn a blind eye to what the
hacker is doing. Valence media is expected to file for
damages.

Source: C|Net