TorrentSpy Collaborator Turns To MPAA
There's no honor among pirates and Robert Anderson proves it only too well. The man was quick to jump ship and lend a helping hand to the MPAA in return for a nice $15,000 check.
October 22, 2007
"It was an opportunity to make money, because I knew how these networks operated," Anderson told Wired. He first approached the MPAA back in 2005 via email. Needless to say, he got the organization's attention real quick and a cartload of promises followed:
"We would need somebody like you. We would give you a nice paying job, a house, a car, anything you needed.... if you save Hollywood for us you can become rich and powerful."
At first, Anderson intercepted TorrenSpy emails, thus obtaining banking, advertising and other confidential information. Later on, he also managed to get source code for TorrentSpy's backend software, which, allegedly gave the MPAA an idea:
"We'll set up a fake Torrent site. We'll contact the other Torrent sites. We'll get their names, address books, contact information and banking information".
However, the collaboration between Anderson and the MPAA ended shortly after he provided the organization with all of the above-mentioned data. Needless to say, this is also the reason Anderson decided to come out and tell his story.
In the mean time, the MPAA does not deny that it had been working with Anderson, but claims that the information obtained from third-parties is only taken into consideration if it was collected by legal means.
You can read the complete story over at Wired.