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Pirate Bay closure sparked file-sharing boom

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 03:25 PM | Monday, November 2, 2009 | (url: http://www.pcpro....)

The temporary closure of the Pirate Bay had the unforeseen side effect of forcing torrent sharers underground and causing a 300% increase in sites providing access to copyright files, according to McAfee.

In August, Swedish courts ordered that all traffic be blocked from Pirate Bay, but any hope of scotching the piracy of music, software and films over the web vanished as copycat sites sprung up and the content took on a life of its own.

This was a true 'cloud computing' effort, the company said in its Threats Report for the third quarter. The masses stepped up to make this database of torrents available to others.

Pirate Bay is just a redirect site to lead people to sources where they can get media and other files, McAfee security analyst Greg Day told PC Pro. Once it was temporarily shut down, those people still wanted the torrents so they went elsewhere, and that meant lots of other sites popped up to take advantage we saw a 300% increase in sites hosting and distributing movies and software."

According to Day, in the days prior to the shutdown, treasure-hunters used anonymising software to gain access and copy the indexes that Pirate Bay used to redirect users to other computers hosting torrents.

Once the indexed data was in the public domain, open-source code was available to anyone who wanted to help with redistribution of torrents. While the Pirate Bay was offline there were four times as many sites offering access to the torrents.

The Pirate Bay example shows how difficult it is to 'stop' data once it is on the web, the report says. A website can be shut down, but anyone who has accessed the content may still be able to redistribute it.

Streaming Traffic Up, P2P Down

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:26 PM | Tuesday, September 2, 2008 | (url: http://community....)

Streaming usage is now 168.9% higher per day than it was 1 year ago (3.1TB compared to 1.1TB). Total traffic is 26.5% higher per day than 1 year ago (37.2TB compared to 47TB).

P2P traffic is actually 8.75% lower per day than it was 1 year ago shrinking to 25.93% of total traffic from 35.95% one year ago (13.4TB reduced to 12.2TB).

I've personally been bittorrenting less and using hulu more.