Police raid hosting company, takes down number of file sharing sites

Swedish police raid PRQ hosting site

Don’t be surprised if you might have tried to access torrent sites such as torrenthound.com, tankafetast.ne, linkomajija.net and other sites that stream live sports events but couldn’t. These sites and two private BitTorrent sites went offline yesterday when Swedish police raided a hosting company in the country taking down multiple servers and shutting down a number of file sharing sites, including the aforementioned.

PRQ, a Swedish hosting company, was raided yesterday. It was founded by two Swedish who also founded The Pirate Bay. The hosting site was also raided last 2006 that resulted into shutting The Pirate Bay down temporarily.

The Pirate Bay was also down today but reports said that it was totally unrelated to the raid.

According to a Facebook post by the company, they suffered a power outage and that the raid was not the cause of the temporary shut down.

PRQ has been hosting a number of controversial sites, including WikiLeaks and the North American Man-Boy Love Association. But these two were not affected by the raid, as the police only targeted websites that cater to file sharing and those that illegal stream content online.

PRQ Owner Mikael Viborg said in an interview with a local television news crew that the raiding team seized four servers and that this was the first raid on the company since last 2010.

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PayPal issues tougher measures to file-sharing sites

According to TorrentFreak, PayPal has imposed stricter conditions when it comes to dealing with online file-sharing sites. The company which cut their ties with Wikileaks in 2010, changed their terms of service agreement enabling them to make stringent requirements for these types of websites.

According to the report PayPal now requires that “merchants must prohibit users from uploading files involving illegal content and indicate that users involved in such file transfers will be permanently removed from the service,” and “merchants must provide PayPal with free access to their service, so PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy department can monitor the content.”

PayPal, which is owned by eBay, has received a lot of backlash from file-sharing sites.

According to Pulocker, “This is a complete invasion of privacy on PayPal’s part, as it’s none of their business what files users keep in their account. We have a solid abuse handling policy already, and we don’t feel a third party company has any business snooping on our users.”

PayPal is only one of the many payment service providers that you can use to transfer funds for payment. But it is a convenient way to pay for your subscription or purchases, PayPal to WebMoney transfers are increasingly popular, we expect to see more and more alternatives.

Will PayPal see a decrease in their customers due to their stricter policy?

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WikiLeaks to release confidential documents from Strafor

WikiLeaks have announced that they will once again begin publishing about 5 million e-mails dubbed as confidential gotten from a security think tank.

Strafor, a US based security analysis firm for the US Army, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, is the one being targeted by WikiLeaks in their expose. According to a report, the latter were able to retrieve emails dating from July 2004 to December 2011.

According to the document sharing site, “The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods.”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Reuters, “here we have a private intelligence firm, relying on informants for the US government, foreign intelligence agencies with questionable reputations, and journalists. What is of grave concern is that the targets of this scrutiny are, among others, activist organizations fighting for a just cause.”

George Friedman, Strafor founder, that the attacks were “designed to silence us by destroying our records and the Web site. God knows what a hundred employees writing endless emails might say that is embarrassing, stupid or subject to misinterpretation.”

Assange and his company have been on the hot seat after they posted a classified document online from military and diplomatic sources.

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