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Film industry hires cyber hitmen to take down internet pirates

Sep 09, 2010, 17:05 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ben Grubb)

"The film industry is using pirate tactics to beat the pirates – by employing "cyber hitmen" to launch attacks that take out websites hosting illegal movies.

"Girish Kumar, managing director of Aiplex Software, a firm in India, told this website that his company, which works for the film industry, was being hired - effectively as hitmen - to launch cyber attacks on sites hosting pirated movies that don't respond to copyright infringement notices sent to them by the film industry.

"Kumar said 95 per cent of sites hosting illegal movies co-operated with notices, but a few - mostly sites hosting torrents and used primarily for illegal content - did not."

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