By erdgeist | February 12, 2007
I stumbled across this post the other day. Copy right enforcers nowadays seem to have trouble catching people ignoring their copy rights red handed. Black lists seem to spread fast enough to lock spies out. So all they’ve got is IP lists bittorrent trackers supply them for a given torrent.
As it seems, this really is enough for them to send out threatening letters to ISPs. While we certainly do not encourage anyone to share files they’re not supposed to, we do not feel well being missused as evidence distributors. Spoofing an IP address is not that hard and knowing that some trackers even parse IP addresses from query strings presented to them is not helpful either.
Whats worse: since bittorrents tracker protocol is based upon http, a webdot like
<img src="http://denis.stalker.h3q.com/announce?info_hash=01234567890123456789"/> on a frequently visited web site can bring an unanware internet user to announcing themself to our tracker.
So we decided to insert truely random IP addresses from known-to-be-used sub nets into all our answers. We do know that this will degrade overall performance and will cost extra traffic and connections. But we are sure that this kind of deniability, when adopted by other trackers as well, will force copy right spies to acquire hard evidence against file sharers. Spread the word.