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Operation FastLink Yields Three Arrests

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the book-'em-danno dept.

The Courts 555

Doomrat writes "As promised (see previous story), Operation FastLink has led to the arrests of 3 key members of the Fairlight group. NHTCU officers and local police executed search warrants and arrested three men at separate locations in Sheffield, Manchester and Belfast. Over 200 computers have been seized, along with 100 CD copiers. Raids were carried out in the UK, the U.S., Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore and Sweden."

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Operation Nig Cock Yields 11 Inches (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960928)

The violation of Rob Malda (Score:-1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on 01:01 PM November 11th, 2003 (#7441124) Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda stepped off the bus and was led into the yard of the Main State Correctional Institute. He had been given ten years for participating in a stock fraud. Five with good behavior. Years spent basking in the glow of a CRT had been hard on him. His body was frail, his skin pallid. He knew he could never make it through ten years in the general population with his virginity intact. He had to get into solitary. As soon as the burly guard unshackled him he made his move. Exhaling a feminine "hmmph" he weakly slapped the guard. He was quickly taken to the ground, receiving a swift kick to the ribs before being restrained. As he was dragged to the solitary confinement cell he felt nothing but relief. "At least in solitary," he thought "I'll be safe." Unfortunately for Rob he had picked the wrong guard to mess with. The next few days were uneventful. The time in his cell he spent evenly between sleeping, reading a "Perl for Dummies" book he had gotten from the book cart, and masturbating furiously. His self-flagellation was interrupted on the fourth day. The burly guard he had attacked earlier stepped into his cell. The gleam in the guards eye and the mean grin on his face made Rob's pecker quickly shrivel in his hand. "You fucked with the wrong man when you fucked with Michael Simms," said the guard. "The inmates here call me The Asshole for a reason. Now come with me, punk." The guard led him down the hall to one of several empty shower stalls. He roughly threw Rob in the stall and locked the door. Rob was petrified. His mind raced as he imagined the myriad of different tortures that could be in store for him. His worst fears were confirmed when the guard returned. In his hands were a short black dress, black stilleto heels, and a curly blonde wig. "Strip down and put this on, bitch." Rob did as instructed and was pleased to notice that the dress fit well and the heels gave him a nice slimming effect. The burly guard admired the drag queen. "The GNAA is gonna love you!" The guard left the shower stall, only to return minutes later. He opened the door and led 20 large black men into the stall. "Rob, meet the Gay Nigger Association of America. GNAA, meet Rob. I'm sure you all will get along fine." With that the guard slammed the shower door closed and walked away laughing. The men approached Rob, backing him into a corner. The apparent leader stepped forward. "No matter what I'm gonna fuck that purdy lil' ass of yours. Now I can fuck it dry or you can lube it up for me." Rob knew he had no choice. He kneeled in front of the leader, who began to slap his face with his 10 black inches. Puss from syphilictic sores quickly covered Rob's cheeks. When the leader was sufficiently aroused he placed his throbbing cock up to Rob's lips. As soon as Rob opened his mouth the leader violently shoved his manhood to the back of Rob's throat and exclaimed "Swallow my shit you cracker bitch!" Rob gagged as he was violently face fucked. Just when he was about to pass out the leader pulled out, turned him around and shoved his cock into Rob's ass. Rob began to scream in agony but his cries were quickly muffled by one of the other gang member's cocks. They rode him like that for the better part of an hour. When one man finished another quickly took his place. Just as Rob was getting used to the throbbing pain in his anus the men stopped. One man lay down on the floor and Rob was told to get on top of him and take his dick inside him. Exhausted and humiliated, Rob had no will left to fight. As soon as he inserted the penis another man came up behind him and began to force his cock into Rob's already filled anus. Again his screams of agony were muffled, this time by a smelly black anus. For another hour he was violated in this way. When the men were finished with him he couldn't walk and his mouth was filled with dingleberries and ass hairs. Before they all left the leader had some parting words for Rob: "Thanks for that sweet piece of ass, punk. We'll see you again tomorrow. Oh by the way, we all have AIDS." It was going to be a long ten years for Rob. [ Reply to This | Parent ]

So much for... (3, Funny)

Dimensio (311070) | more than 10 years ago | (#8960937)

...my pirated copy of Spiderman 2.

Not a good effort. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960938)

They will never stop piracy 3 people at a time.

Re:Not a good effort. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960951)

But it will scare the shit out of anyone who tries to become one.

Re:Not a good effort. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960964)

Not really.

Re:Not a good effort. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960971)

Yes really. Unless you're stupid.

Re:Not a good effort. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960993)

Just like lightning strikes make people scared of going outside. Really. Unless you're stupid.

His point wasn't that arresting people couldn't scare others it was that the scale of this is tiny, minute, insignificant. If you're scared as a result of this action then everyday life must leave you a nervous wreck.

Re:Not a good effort. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961003)

If you're stealing copyrighted software for a living, you should be scared and ashamed of yourself. Theft supporter.

Re:Not a good effort. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961036)

If you're stealing copyrighted software for a living, you should be scared and ashamed of yourself.

Huh? I don't think anyone's suggested they were doing this for a living. Sounds more like a hobby.

Re:Not a good effort. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961049)

Stop supporting the efforts of theives and pirates who make millions off of selling bootlegs. Just who's side are you on?

Re:Not a good effort. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961076)

Just who's side are you on?

I haven't decided yet; I'm still accepting bids at present. How about you?

Re:Not a good effort. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961093)

I hope people like you land in jail for supporting the billions in theft that occurs each you. Its sad really.

Re:Not a good effort. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961110)

that occurs each you

Good thing theres only one me.

Oh, and who needs billions when I can just get it for free?

Re:Not a good effort. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961153)

I hope people like you land in jail for supporting the billions in theft that occurs each you. Its sad really.

If your principles forbid you from pirating a grammar tutorial then please, please, pay for one. Thanks.

Re:Not a good effort. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961160)

YHBT YHL HAND, thanks.

Re:Not a good effort. (5, Interesting)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961125)

I've never known any pirate who did it to make money. I know a guy who distributed for profit, but he was a wanker and as soon as people found out they stopped supplying him.

I hope the articles figures at the end come to pass. Reduce piracy by 10%... Then we can see clear evidence that all these figures thrown around about losses from piracy are utter bullshit.

For over a decade now the software industry has always put out figures that say they lost X millions of dollars due to piracy, but they do that by counting every pirated copy as a lost sale, which is of course complete fiction.

It's funny. They say about taking Fairlight down, but back last year Fairlight said they were quitting the scene anyway.

This "war on piracy" is a storm in a teacup. Law enforcement rattles a few sabres, takes down the members on the fringe. Prune the branches a little, but the central tree is still there.

And to think, there's probably rapists, murderers etc... Who would maybe have been caught had the resources for this been diverted to real crimes instead of pissant cracking groups. So nice to see that the streets are now safe from some software pirates, while shits like Ken Lay and weasels from the likes of Enron and other completely corrupt boards who defraud tens of thousands of people continue to go free. Nice to see the priorities are right here...

And in the article it says someone was arrested for BUYING software from Fairlight... Since when is buying pirated software an arrestable offence?

Law Enforcement: Proudly Bought to you by the software companies of America...

Re:Not a good effort. (1)

Laz7 (754088) | more than 10 years ago | (#8960959)

how many people do those three feed with goods though? If you make it harder for people to access things, you can hopefully reduce the amount of traffic. Will it work? *shrug* Probably not ... but they have to try something. Justify their jobs and such.

Re:Not a good effort. (2, Informative)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961005)

The majority just use the goods and have nothing to do with the original illegal activities.

Re:Not a good effort. (3, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961000)

They will never stop piracy 3 people at a time.

They didn't just catch three people in this operation, but they took down several servers, some of which the operators might not have realized were even being used for warez distribution.

In the perpetual cat-and-mouse game, the cat has just scored a few points.

Re:Not a good effort. (1)

grazzy (56382) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961062)

hehe, as if.. we're not talking small amounts of data here exactly... its something you'd notice..

YOO HOOOOO! HUHMERUHCAHNS! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960939)

HEY! YANKEES! HEEEY! Hu-MER-Uh-CAAAHNs!

CAN YOU SAY VIETNAM? CAN YOU SAY VIETNAM?

Do any of you remember Vietnam, stupid Huh-mer-uh-cahns? Yes, another war in which you GOTS YOUR ASSES WHUPPED! No none of you remember it clearly so you went shopping for another one.


Let's stick to the facts and look at the list of American military victories:

...uh

uh, WW2? NO -THE RUSSIANS WON WW2, MY FRIEND! YOU JUST SHOWED UP AT THE ENDS TO FOLLOW THE GERMANS AS THEY RETREATED.

WW1? AFRAID NOT, MY FRIEND. THAT WAS A DRAW!

Ummm... NOT THAT ONE EITHER.

I got it, the Cold War! AGAIN I MUST FAIL YOU BECAUSE THE COLD WAR WAS NOT A TRADITIONAL ONE FOUGHT WITH ARMAMENTS AND BESIDES YOU ACCIDENTALLY WON BY DEFAULT WHICH IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE RULES.

Ah, Honolulu! YES INDEED YOU COURAGEOUSLY BEAT THE BUNCH OF NATIVES GUARDING AN AIRSTRIP ARMED WITH ONLY A CONTROL TOWER AND THEIR PACKED LUNCH.

Let's stick to the facts and look at current US miliary strategy.

Scene: the oval offices. Gorgeous GEORGE is blindfolded and holding the PIN and trying to pick which country full of oil to invade. "Who can we punish for harbouring terrorists, I say?" His hand hovering over Saudi Arabia, CHENEY grabs it and sticks the pin in IRAQ.

Military Officer: WHAT A GREAT CONCEPT, MON COMMANDER IN CHIEFNESS. A NATION FULL OF SUICIDE BOMBERS AND RELIGIOUS FANATICS WILL CERTAINLY WELCOME OUR TANKS WITH ROSES AND COOL BOAT DRINKS.

Who would have thought George Bush could lose a popularity contest with Saddam Hussein?

Now lets stick to some more recent facts and look at the new strategy.

Norman Scheisskopf's replacement : "Hmmm. We seem to be having the troubles in Iraq. What can we do now? I know. I'll pick up the BAT PHONE!"

(musical interlude) DOO LOO LOO LOO LOO LOO, DOO LOO LOO LOO LOO LOOL OOOOO!

Ariel Sharon: "I suggest you start hunting people down with Apache Helicoptors and high explosives in crowded residential areas! As a strategy for avoiding a perpetual war we Israelis think it can't be beat! ALSO SHOOT SOME SMALL BOYS DEAD IF THEY THROW ROCKS AT YOUR ARMORED CARS- THEY MIGHT MESSUP THE PAINT JOB.

NS's R:"OK Thanks Mr Sharon - Hey: who has to wipe the phone handset free of blood after you finish use it?" *thinks* THNKS GODS for our closest genocidal maniacs allies, Israel. They certainly are worth the billions in funding for their calming of a potentially troublesome region.

Sharon: THAT'S OK MY FRIEND. evryone in Palestine is a terrorist by the way, even kids and european civil rights protestors so SEND US MORE MONEY. WE NEED MORE ROCKETS.

Quick HUH-MER-I-CANS!!! Get the UN on the phone! "Hello, we've been saying you're out of touch useless institution for many months now, but reelection coming up so we need less of our soldiers to die and more internationals to die, kthnxs."

BRING BACK THE DRAFT FOR OUTSOURCED IT WORKERS

Mabye all you outsourced GEEKSIES could be drafted in yes? I'm SURE THE HARSH desert sun would not affect your pallid complexions. No training required, we're just going to start bulldozing olive groves and blowing up unarmed civilians. Ariel said it would work brilliant too.

YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE WHAT HAS WORKED BEFORENOW!! Just get the CIA to set up a local death squad to kill and rape the peasants until the government falls! OH WAIT THAT WOULDN'T WORK BECAUSE THEY'D GET TO KEEP THEIR OWN OIL.

Let's stick to the facts and look at the numbers.

Number of Iraqi civilian casualties. Oh, er, um...we lost count after 5,000 sIr. we don't KEEP THE SCORE ANYMORE BECAUSE IT MIGHT LOOK BAD. BUT WE THINK WE ARE STILL WINNING.

Don't MENTION THE WAR!!! DON'T MENTION THE WAR!! BUSH WILL RUN AND HIDE LIKE HE DID TO AVOID DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS NATIONAL GUARD DENTISTRY SERVICE!! I'M surprised he actually turned up to be president? Maybe HE ACTUALLY ONLY SHOWED UP THE FIRST DAY, and then disappeared for the rest, YES? Has anyone seen him since his first day??

WOW, PAX AMERICANA IS A WONDERFUL CONCEPTION!!! Buy more flags or the terrorists win. Watch the FOX NEWS or the terrorists win. Rip up the bill of the rights or the terrorists win! Prevent woman having an abortion or the terrorists win.

BUSH / CHENEY (in iraq fighting in the front lines) IN '04

ONLY MISTER TONY BLAIR LIKES YOU GUYS!!! AND THAT'S ONLY BECAUSE MISTER TONY BLAIR GETS A ROCK HARDON WHENEVER HE IMAGINES BEING PRESIDENT!!

OMG! OMG! They has dragged a mercenary mans dead body through the streets in a gesture of hatred!! If they were civilised like us, they'd just BLOW HIS ARMS OFF REMOTELY WHEN HE WAS A KID AND LEAVE HIM TO ROT IN AN ILL-EQUIPPED IQRAPPI HOSPITAL!

DON'T WORRY YOU KID. WE'LL MAKE YOU A PAIR OF METAL ARMS. DON'T BECOME A BOMBER, TRY TO FIGHT NICE AND FAIR SO WE CAN BEAT YOU GUYS AND STEAL YOUR OIL!!! IF YOU DON'T PICK IT, THEY MIGHT HEAL BACK.

This message posted by the Free Iraq Coalition. Free Iraq!

LEGAL NOTICE: America is a fully owned subsidiary of Halliburton (reg.)

Re:YOO HOOOOO! HUHMERUHCAHNS! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961007)

You, Sir, are a literary and comic genius.

Have a cigar!

Oh, and by the way, you make a good point.

It's a pity... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960947)

...that Osama bin Laden isn't part of that group. But then you'd think he was, the way the cops talk about them.

Re:It's a pity... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961037)

Why? Is he some software Pirate too ?

Re:It's a pity... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961048)

Why? Is he some software Pirate too ?

I don't know, but I bet he doesn't keep all his receipts and licenses.

No. He's The Number One Threat To The World. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961149)

Or so we're constantly being told. Personally I'm beginning to think he's just a particularly tanned CIA man in a costume, who they wheel out now and then for yet another bogus video whenever they think people are becoming suspicious of the whole War on Terror(tm) deal.

But if Osama Bin Laden was a software pirate, they'd have probably caught him by now, simply because they are actually trying to catch software pirates.

They really should have quit (0, Offtopic)

Jagercola (751957) | more than 10 years ago | (#8960948)

Well, guess when they called it quits the first time, it didn't get enough heat off of em. Though, rumor is, they were snelling.

(-1, Offtopic) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960949)

This post is (-1, Offtopic)

Hmm ... no Canada (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960952)

Looks like we'll have to invade.

Price of games (5, Insightful)

mldkfa (689415) | more than 10 years ago | (#8960953)

As long as it costs $40 for a game or $100 for software there will always be people pirating.

Re:Price of games (4, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8960977)

As long as it costs $40 for a game or $100 for software there will always be people pirating.

People will even pirate data worth 99 cents... so long as there's a price tag, there's people who try to get around it.

Re:Price of games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961039)

Yeah but for $0.99 for software, most people will find this reasonable and not worth the effort to crack and set up servers to serve bootlegs.

Re:Price of games (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960995)

Isn't that sad? No matter the cost, people will always steal. Look at GPL'd source code: people steal it when it's _free_!

Moral of the story: people will always steal things. Their justification is almost always pure comedic gold.

Re:Price of games (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961085)

the GPL is not free.

it puts a lot of undue burden on the developer and PR costs for the company using GPL code (becuase if the company makes a tiny mistake such as forgetting to update their source code download, they get treated like criminals on all the OSS news websites)

MOD UP. (1)

ShadowRage (678728) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961061)

he has a decent point.
the fact things are overpriced will lead to pirating, because the pirates will either be able to offer it for free, or for a lower cost.
pirates are competition for the companies they pirate from, illegal, yes, but competition nonetheless.

and companies also would like something like this done to legal competitors as well, kinda sad. but still, the parent has a good point.

Re:MOD UP. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961097)

I don't think he was suggesting that they were overpriced. If he was, then that's his opinion.
I think software is generally priced well. Sure its just a bunch of 1s and 0s, but its not random shit is it? A company took years or hard work compiling data to create their product, and they deserve to price it at whatever the fuck they want.

Now the RIAA, they didn't make the music themselves, so I do consider that overpriced since the money doesn't all go to the creaters of the product, but software makers reep the benifits from their hard work, so stop with the overpriced crap.

sounds like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960970)

... this is gonna be useful to somebody's career maybe, but its a good laugh if it was meant to stop piracy isnt it? its a crap game that will never stop completely dont we all know already^

I wish... (5, Insightful)

bo0ork (698470) | more than 10 years ago | (#8960972)

...they put all that effort into hunting criminals that actually hurt people (as opposed to wallets).

Can I... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961022)

...have your address?

Re:I wish... (5, Insightful)

Homology (639438) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961027)

...they put all that effort into hunting criminals that actually hurt people (as opposed to wallets).

Try tell that to the Enron employees that lost their pensions. I'm quite sure they would like to see white collar criminals spend some time in jail.

Re:I wish... (1, Troll)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961051)

...they put all that effort into hunting criminals that actually hurt people (as opposed to wallets).

The "real terrorists" need to be getting their money somehow. Wherever there's an illegal way to make money quickly, you can be pretty sure supporters of the terrorists will use it to make money to fund their destructive operations.

Re:I wish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961098)

The "real terrorists" need to be getting their money somehow. Wherever there's an illegal way to make money quickly, you can be pretty sure supporters of the terrorists will use it to make money to fund their destructive operations.

Sure, but I think it's safe to say that putting their efforts into cracking software and distributing it for nothing isn't going to help their finances any. Realistically, destroying groups that pirate software for free makes the commercial piracy market far more lucrative. By you're reasoning they're actually helping the terrorists.

Re:I wish... (4, Informative)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961052)

I wish... they put all that effort into hunting criminals that actually hurt people (as opposed to wallets).
Rest assured that they are: the police of various countries often work together to track down terrorists and murderers. You should also realise that a lawful society depends on all laws being enforced. Things would turn into a right mess if the police would stop going after petty crime, traffic violations and fraud cases, until they had solved all murder cases.

Re:I wish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961114)

Things would turn into a right mess if the police would stop going after petty crime, traffic violations and fraud cases, until they had solved all murder cases.

Absolutely. I'm expecting an international cooperative effort to raid parking violators across 11 countries any day now.

Re:I wish... (1, Interesting)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961148)

Things would turn into a right mess if the police would stop going after petty crime, traffic violations and fraud cases, until they had solved all murder cases.

A big problem with our justice system when it confronts these kinds of terrorists is that there was nothing left to prosecute on the 19 people most directly responsible on September 11th, 2001.

We need to be enforcing trivial violations because if we deported everyone who overstays their visa's expiration date, we would have deported enough hijackers to have caused problems with the plan.

We can't arrest somebody for being a suicide terrorist after they've comitted their terrorist act. The gut-reaction is to try to create a "department of precrime" that stomps on rights, but that's not the correct solution either. The solution is to enforce all of the laws we had on the books already, because it's mighty hard to comitt a terrorist act without having broken other laws on the way there...

Re:I wish... (3, Insightful)

HolyCoitus (658601) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961067)

And, those are select few wallets. Only the wallets that go the deepest will be heard. So, in reality, if you are hurt financially and it's not by one of those big wallets in a way that is malicious, you won't have a single damn thing done about it. Look at identity theft and how huge of a hole that is. Recent Slashdot article about a 19 year old kid being accused of being a middle easterner because of his SSN. Nothing will be done about it. If I stole Bill Gate's SSN as a terrorist, I guarantee someone would listen to him. //rant

On a more positive note, at least the FBI hasn't decided to raid random homes on the assumption that there may be something illegal going on inside. Or the neighbors made a single report about them doing something illegal along the lines of file sharing. When that happens, we know we're fucked. Please, no one link to an article showing that being done. Please.

Re:I wish... (1)

Rikus (765448) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961081)

Yes! Get the real criminals!

Some real criminals _do_ hurt "wallets"-- they steal your money. "Pirates" do not hurt wallets, they simply discourage some people from paying for something that could be made available free of charge. Yes, that's a crime, but even if you don't agree with what they're doing, it seems like it would be obvious that they are nowhere near as harmful as some other people.

Why not go after those sea pirates, engaging in actual pirate activity?

the software industry should be thankful (1)

phats garage (760661) | more than 10 years ago | (#8960973)

that freenet is as slow as it is.

Looks like when you post stuff to hacked (or otherwise aquired) servers, they'd turn into warez honeypots that can allow some insight into the "primary crack" levels.

Linux all the way! (-1, Offtopic)

Obsidian_AL (767205) | more than 10 years ago | (#8960983)

Stop pirating Windows... it isn't worth it. Go Linux! As for music and movies... well, no preference here. Go for it.

11 Countries? (5, Funny)

bedurndurn (255521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8960987)

So they conducted raids in 11 countries and nabbed three key people? Must be one hell of a bad day to be a lackey. :)

Re:11 Countries? (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961069)

There may just be three people involved in the backbone of this network, yet they could still have been sucessful enough hackers to have rooted machines located in 11 countries which they were using as their backbone. (Nobody would be dumb enough to host warez on a server they were paying for...)

Re:11 Countries? (1)

lambent (234167) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961131)


Unless you'd expect that they wouldn't believe it ... the old double bluff.

"It's so crazy, it just might work ..."

people were laying across borders (5, Funny)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961140)

The people arrested were actualy laying on the interesctions of various country borders in order to make their arrest harder. A very clever tactic.

One guy was on the Franco-Sweedish-Hungarian-Israeli border, another one was on the German-Belgium-Danish-Netherlands border, and the purpored ring leader (aka "Long Larry") was sprawled out along the US-UK-Singapore border.

I swear this reminds me of the Animaniacs... (3, Funny)

kevx45 (654613) | more than 10 years ago | (#8960988)

Remember the Animaniacs Country Song?

Raids were carried out in the UK, the U.S., Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore and Sweden.

Add intelligence/investigative services of each country, we have a new song!

Ughhh... I need sleep.

What about Phishing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960989)

When are they going to arrest some real crooks?

Say Phishers...

Copying games is worse than rape (2, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8960990)

Average time in prison for rape: 3 years
Average time for copying games without selling: 4 years

Does anyone else see something wrong here?

melissa

Re:Copying games is worse than rape (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961033)

no.. it's just rape

Re:Copying games is worse than rape (5, Insightful)

josh3736 (745265) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961047)

Does anyone else see something wrong here?
Yep. More and more in this country, punishment for what in all actuality are petty crimes is greater than that of serious crimes such as rape, theft (the real kind of theft where you actually take property from someone else), and murder/manslaughter. It is made even worse when new laws are passed that make it illegal to do what was already illegal anyways. Case in point: DMCA. It was already illegal to copy the new Britany Spears CD and sell it on street corners, but now it is *more* illegal becuase you bypassed that copy protection just to do it.

Since everyone in this country is becoming a criminal, my advice to all of you is don't drop the soap.

Re:Copying games is worse than rape (4, Funny)

Wordsmith (183749) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961129)

THe greater crime, of course, is spreading Britney's music. With or without permission.

Re:Copying games is worse than rape (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961071)

Since at least one of your statistics is in disagreement with information available at the Department of Justice website, I'm curious to know where these numbers come from.

Re:Copying games is worse than rape (4, Insightful)

bryanp (160522) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961073)

Average time in prison for rape: 3 years
Average time for copying games without selling: 4 years Does anyone else see something wrong here?


If it's true, yes. Where did you get the statistic?

Re:Copying games is worse than rape (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961074)

No. Any woman can squeal out rape after she consents to having sex with a man if she feels like she made a mistake. And the thing is, she usually wins because she's supposedly a poor defenseless woman. The man get gypped.

Re:Copying games is worse than rape (1, Funny)

JamesKPolk (13313) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961075)

Yes, we need more captial punishment.

Re:Copying games is worse than rape (3, Insightful)

IthnkImParanoid (410494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961087)

Rape victims don't donate to political campaigns.

Re:Copying games is worse than rape (2, Interesting)

dirk (87083) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961108)

Yes, I see something wrong (if this is true), but it's not with the punishment for copying software. People often use these type of statistics to say that the punshment for copyright violation is too harsh, but what they really show is the punishment for rape is too low, which really has nothing to do with the conversation.

I agree. three years for rape IS excessive. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961128)

[n/t]

Re:Copying games is worse than rape (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961156)

3 years for rape?

The only thing funny about it is that skinny pasty faced pirates are now going to be dealing with 4 years of anal rape.

Rape in prison is a FAR bigger problem than on the streets. They say that men are raped 3 to 4 times more often than women are. Luckily enough for all of us, those raped in jail deserve it. Its not supposed to be a nice place to be. There is supposed to be a deterrence factor to jail as much as there is supposed to be a rehabilitation factor. Getting pounded in the ass is a good deterrence to stealing someone else's content and selling it as if it were your own, or deciding that civil disobedience and ignoring copyright laws is justified. I've done my share of civil disobedience in my days -- and I was ready for any and all punishment and the fact that I could be sucking on some bubbas cock because of it. Luckily, a few weekends in county and having to help local grade school kids was all that happened, but if it went the other way, I already told my family to ignore the cigs and to send me the chapstick.

Ya do the crime, you should expect the very worst to happen to you.

As a programmers and content provider, I am very happy that folks are getting locked up for this. I release some of my content as GPL and contribute to a few GPL'd projects, but pirates are the scum of this earth.

Now I get to hear about some idiot that wants to tell me which words to avoid as per RMS's idea that piracy is only to be used as a crime on the High Seas. I've got to say, the person that posts that link to the GNU site needs to be choking back some cock while getting an assload at the same time. Watch -- I know someone will post that link...

strange (4, Interesting)

awing0 (545366) | more than 10 years ago | (#8960994)

...and a foreign permanent resident who is said to have been purchasing cracked software from Fairlight since 2001.

As far as I know, these releasing groups do not charge for their releases, they make them available free over FTP/IRC/USENET.

Re:strange (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961045)

You are correct
Class etc etc all the groups DO NOT charge for anything they release

Re:strange (5, Informative)

kryptkpr (180196) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961046)

A friend that's close to the scene tells me that for the past while FLT had been selling leech accounts on their private dumps. He quoted $800 usd for leech on a 7tb server with a 1gbit connection.

I guess they sold to the wrong person, and they got busted..

Re:strange (1)

awing0 (545366) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961142)

Yeah, I've got a "friend" close to the scene too, but I never thought it was cash, it was usually bandwidth or desirable hardware that got you preferred access. (Guess it's just as well as cash anyway.)

Re:strange (1, Redundant)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961083)

As far as I know, these releasing groups do not charge for their releases
That doesn't make it any better, morally or legally.

Prediction (5, Funny)

williamstephens007 (774041) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961009)

I bet that most were users of the Linux operating systems and "anti" Microsoft people. Typical criminal profile.

Re:Prediction (1)

kobotronic (240246) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961126)

Great work, detective! The boys down in the crime lab will take it from here.

CD copiers (5, Funny)

king_penguin_05 (582695) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961012)

I think we all know, however, that what they have seized is the equivalant of several thousand cd copiers.

Re:CD copiers (4, Funny)

IthnkImParanoid (410494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961063)

Actually, they only seized four copiers, but they were 24x.

Jeez (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961023)

They're making it sound like it's hard drugs or something. It's all just a bunch of schoolkids swapping stuff they probably couldn't afford anyway.

Why can't they just grow up and catch some real criminals.

Re:Jeez (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961058)

Why can't they just grow up and catch some real criminals.

Real criminals fight back. I hope you're not suggesting that our brave officers of the law should put themselves at risk like that. If they all get killed chasing terrorists then who would that leave to protect us from the warez kiddies?

Israel (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961024)

I guess Israel police have no more important task than busting warez kiddies. Thei are biggest threat to Isreal citizens right now.

This is a joke or a major failure imho. (4, Insightful)

CaptIronfist (457257) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961038)

Consider the costs of pulling an international operation like this compared to the amount of funds gaming companies will be able to recover if and only if the warez market really slows down. Do you still think it was a good and/or a necessary effort? I don't. I think the operation is a total failure if only 3 people get arrested, and a couple of comps and burners get seized.

I see some tax dollars getting wasted on ridiculous crusades.

Re:This is a joke or a major failure imho. (1)

cammoblammo (774120) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961117)

I see some tax dollars getting wasted on ridiculous crusades.

Just think what would happen if those dollars were spent on developing software worth copying.

Better make sure they include the sources...

Game Piracy Traffic (3, Funny)

Roman Levin (774216) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961040)

It's only a matter of time until someone does a "War on Piracy" version of Traffic [imdb.com] . Tobey Maguire as a head of a piracy cartel?

Re:Game Piracy Traffic (2, Interesting)

fuctape (618618) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961162)

Hopefully they'd include the scene on the plane where the czar opens the floor for new ideas and no one can come up with anything.

It's not a losing battle, it's a lost battle. Data havens will only make things worse.

War on IP Terrorism (5, Funny)

dotslashdot (694478) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961054)

Ashcroft announces War on IP Terrorism--Bush invades Antartica to in a preemptive strike to stop the infiltration of underwater penguin operatives bent on creating a network of secure operations.

Pirating (5, Interesting)

jacobhoupt (728382) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961057)

I refuse to believe that pirating will ever be "eradicated" or even slowed down. As long as there are 'haves' and 'have-nots' there will always be people who will hack their way up in the world. If Chippendale or J & G Stickley were alive today, they'd point out the fashion in which they are imitated or flat copied in furniture design. Everything has someone copying it, right down to designer shoes and haircuts.

I believe the spirit of piracy, be it software or music or the high-seas, is a definite part of the human nature which cannot be removed. When someone is cooller or has something you want, you always find a way to get it. Lawn fertilizer, high-end cars, stylish clothing...you find a way if you are human and put those things on the top of your list of important bullshit.

Drake would copy DVDs if he were here today...and wasn't he knighted or some bullshit?

Francis Drake, Pirate and Knight (1)

handy_vandal (606174) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961152)

Drake would copy DVDs if he were here today...and wasn't he knighted or some bullshit?

Indeed: Francis Drake was knighted on April 4, 1581 by Queen Elizabeth.

See wikipedia [wikipedia.org] for details.

-kgj

Another war is needed (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961060)

What we need is a "War on Piracy!" The more endless wars to distract us from reality, the better, I always say.

Freenet and MUTE? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961064)

I am surprised that they didn't use Freenet [sourceforge.net] or MUTE [sourceforge.net] to organize their files. Freenet also has an open source anonymous email client called Freemail [freenet.org.nz] you can download, its still alpha though.

Also if you want to encrypt your hard drive try open source Truecrypt [truecrypt.tk] , its the successor to Scramdisk.

Re:Freenet and MUTE? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961177)

Neither Freenet nor MUTE works very well on large (600MB++) files.

Subject? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961065)

I know it's basically useless to ask for editorial changes around here, but could the editors at least make a little note, like "Fairlight is a warez group" or something? From the submitted text, you can't tell if this "Fairlight" is a group for warez, child porn, hacking/cracking, music, or even terrorism. At least the previous article had a headline that was obvious.

Stupid (-1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961072)

Latest FBI news :

FLT : members under arrest
Nazi groups : still available on the web
Kiddie porn : still available on the web
Bin Laden : still laughing

Re:Stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961176)

Nazi groups : still available on the web

So? Do you support censorship? Just who is the nazi here?

Both good and bad. (5, Interesting)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961094)

As much as I hate to admit it, software "piracy" is bad and no matter what excuses peiople come up with. There are many improvements to be made with the current system but that's not the main issue at the moment. Still though, copying and cracking software is wrong. I'm not justifying it for myself either, I know it's wrong.

Then again, the bad part is that the happened on request of the US customs. ( Over here in the Netherlands at least.. ) The idea that 'my'* goverment bends over to the US will without any investigation on it's own and just raids places the US goverment tells them to, scares me. What if I suddenly become a PITA to the US goverment? Will my place be raided too?

This is something very concerning. There are so many laws and regulations that nearly any normal living person is, unwillingly and unknowingly, violating some minor laws and regs. If people really wanted to fuck you up, they could just throw any laws they can find at you until they find SOMETHING you violate. Scarey thing is, what if the US goverment decides to fuck up someone's life abroad in the name of "fighting terrorism"? Will 'my' goverment roll over, bark thrice and give a paw at the US goverment then, as well?

* ... 'My' goverment as in... "I didn't vote that lying bastard PM of ours into power, thank you." goverment.

100 cd copiers? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961095)

Was it really 100 cd copiers or was it just 2 52x cdr drives?

Remember the funny games they play in these kind of reports like the RIAA counting every 40x copier as 4 copiers or something ridiculous like that...

Or did out of all 120(!) searches find 1 cd burner at each location! Oh wow what pc doesnt have a cd burner standard...

FLT doesn't distribute anything on CD it just goes up on the top sites and then trickles down to the average "d00d" from there. It's a "non-profit" operation.

Also the crap at the bottom about increasing Englands GDP and created 40,000 jobs! Get real! It's not creating any wealth in fact its reducing wealth because now people have to waste money on this software that would have been spent on something else. To improve the GDP production has to go up. In a way all this did was decrease over all production because now there will be less copies of this software. (true now the money will get funneled into the corporations that own the IP to these products but it's just swapping the money around not creating any new value)

Re:100 cd copiers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961157)

(slighly off-topic)

IIRC from that /. story they used the term "the equivalent of 120 CD copiers" or something like that.

Fair light on Fairlight (5, Interesting)

andr0meda (167375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961100)


It's somewhat necessary to note that Fairlight is not just a warez group, but also is a famous demoscene participant, having produced leading demos/intros/graphics and music in c64 and pc sections.

Fairlight is more than just the scum everybody will certainly take them for. The present demoscene has it's early roots in hacker and cracker groups. As a result, Fairlight is probably the longest standing group in the scene, and it is no surprise they are linked to the warez scene.

Another thing to note is that the current entertainment industry (think games and movies) is filled with loads of people working their ass off, that got to know their tricks of the trade *because* there was/is a warez scene.

The system is a hypocrit.

War on Terror? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8961111)

I cann't help but wondering that if the the US and other goverments put as much effort preventing terrorist as they do "pirates", maybe the Sept 11 attacks might have been prevented?
(BTW, How much time elasped between the time flight 11 was hijacked and it hit the WTC?)

Piracy is plain wrong. (1, Troll)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961138)

It doesnt matter which way you look at it. If you cant afford to pay for proprietary software then it doesnt make it right to pirate it.

While on one hand i can understand the activism side of it, and most people i know have at least one piece of pirate software. Pirating software is doing nothing in the long run to change the way the evil companies run their business. It does nothing to hinder vendor lock-in and pirated software is a hot house for the propogation of viruses etc.

People still continue to do it. Beleive it or not there is a whole world of software that is free to copy modify and do what the hell you like with. Its called Open Source and you can find software to fulfil most of your needs. Best of all its totally legal and having it is not going to get you arrested or locked up.

I remember the last time my boss instructed us to do a software audit many of my colleagues went through the annoying process of writing down license keys, removing "illegal" software, while i just sat there and did nothing, safe in the knowledge that my linux desktop contained nothing that needed to be accounted for.

Next time you think that you are making a statement by using pirated software, consider what you are really acheiving. If you really beleive in those virtues you should bite off your tongue and use the legal alternatives. This way you can harm the people you hate, and support the rest of us who are legally fighting the software war.

nick ...

More arrests (4, Interesting)

kasperd (592156) | more than 10 years ago | (#8961169)

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