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Showbiz lawyers report Pirate's cyber-blitz site

Lydia Parafianowicz · 15 May 2009, 13:59

Published: 15 May 2009 13:59 GMT+02:00

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The “DDO$” plan was allegedly hatched by Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, one of four Swedish men convicted to jail sentences for running an illegal music downloading site, according to the Blog Pirate website.

Svartholm allegedly set up a website, internetavgift.se, mocking the agency charged with collecting television licence fees.

The site urges Pirate Bay supporters to send extremely small sums of money to Danowsky & Partners, the law firm that beat him in the trial, in hopes that the resulting processing fees would bankrupt the firm.

Pirate Bay supporters started making payments hours after the plan was announced, according to Olof Roos of Danowsky & Partners, who says the firm has reported the matter to the police and views taking part in the scheme as “criminal.”

Moreover, said Roos, the scheme to overwhelm the law firm with payment requests may not be working as successfully as anticipated.

“I think we have now changed the number of the account to avoid further nuisance,” said Roos.

“We don’t see it as a tremendous problem, but it’s a nuisance. […] It’s a criminal act that you commit, it’s regarded as a criminal nuisance basically.”

Roos said whether individuals involved will be punished by authorities is “for the government to decide.”

The name DDo$ is a reference to DDoS, or Distributed Denial of Service. A DDoS attack saturates a website with traffic in a bid to shut it down, a famous example of which occurred in 2007 when the Russian government was accused of cyber-attacking Estonia.

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The DDo$ attack orchestrated by The Pirate Bay's co-founder is seeking to shut down the Danowsky & Partners using money rather than high volumes of internet traffic.

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg could not be reached for comment.

Lydia Parafianowicz (lydia.parafianowicz@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:52 May 15, 2009 by peropaco
Great idea. I am sure they could find some 16 year old kids to hack the site and replace all its contents with neonazi's logos or something similar.
15:38 May 15, 2009 by eZee.se
Yes, the police are going to take it real serious that you have transferred 1kr to a law firm... and are going to file thousands of charges against thousands of people for a krona each.

Heck just the initial paperwork (and there HAS to be paperwork, this is Sweden for Fs sake) would add up to well over a krona each.

Now if someone could just post their new postgiro/bankgiro numbers... the game can start again!
15:50 May 15, 2009 by dtes
no doubt, im down, post em up! i got 2 sek!
16:18 May 15, 2009 by Thebinary1
The irony here is just hilarious:

20:20 May 15, 2009 by krow
OMG we need cash but please dont send. lol
21:04 May 15, 2009 by Digithed
You can find all the information here... www.internetavgift.se

But I'll repost it here anyway: Danowsky & Partners Advokatbyrå KB. Bankgiro 5040-2635

Interesting to note that they recently updated the site and told everyone to send any payments to the lawyer's Bankgiro number instead of their Plusgiro number as they found out that this costs them even more in charges.
00:40 May 16, 2009 by Sebastian_R
Ha ha, they can't decide what it is. A crime? Or a nuisance? I'm sure they find some stupid way to make something out of it.

I really like th idea. A pity there is no pay-pall equivalent so I can't really participate from here...
21:57 May 16, 2009 by BrittInSweden
Great, so people being upset they can't download something they never paid for take this action which in turn takes up police time that gets paid for by taxes.So for their stupidity and greed the tax payer gets affected too.

Well done... *claps*
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