By taklamakan | September 24, 2007
Fakhir (Phoenixlabs staff member) pointed out that:
PhoenixLabs (PeerGuardian publishers) don’t publish or have any control over what is or is not included in the IP lists.
So its not PeerGuardians fault, they just use the blacklist of bluetack. So bluetack compiles the blocklist and everyone else just trusts them blindly, thanks for pointing that out!
He also said we should contact bluetack about the block of our tracker IP-Addr., so we did! We sat down in an IRC chat on #bluetack together with Monk from bluetack (the only person in charge for the blacklist we found) and Andreas Bogk from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) to discuss why the IP-Addr. of our tracker and all the networks of the CCC are blocked by them.
Their “facts” are:
The funniest thing was that they really believe that the owner and admin of the server our opentracker runs on, works for the MPAA because of the “You can click, but you have to hide!”-pun at his website linking to the MPAA website, which is obviously a pun joke on the You can click, but you can’t hide print and billboard campaign of MPA, MPAA and GVU!
I know this guy since like forever, first he couldn’t stop laughing when we told him that. In fact he now wants a T-shirt with the MPAA joke for the next CCC congress , but on the other hand he feels a bit stabbed in the back by those allegations from bluetack.
And those allegations are more than ridiculous! He is not working for MediaDefender, the MPAA or any other p2p or anti-p2p related company!
So we are a secret undercover anti-piracy operation funded by MediaDefense and MPAA! Whats next, maybe we are terrorists funded by Al Quaida?
The people too dumb to register their fake download-website miivi.com with a WHOIS record not related to MediaDefender, the people so dumb that one of them forwarded his email to a gmail-account protected by a “password” so easy that a three-year old child could bruteforce it by its first ever spoken word, those very same people are now suddenly capable of running a blog like this as a ploy, programm a high-scalable open-source bittorrent tracker, let a guy well respected in the hacker and software scene host it via his CVS, let another guy well respected in the software and hacker scene link on it more than once and then not even brag with one word about that in their leaked mail? Wow.
denis.stalker.h3q.com:6969 is of course not operated by MediaDefender or any other anti-p2p organisation, <paranoia>but maybe the leaked stuff is all a big decoy to cover all this up!!1!</paranoia>
So someone from an IP-Addr. range temporary (they do the Chaos Communication Congress every year) or permanent (they have branch offices in most of the larger towns in Germany) registered to the Chaos Computer Club downloads the bluetack blocklist more than its acceptable, we are sorry.
So over a year ago our tracker (before using the new opentracker software, before moving to the server we currently are running it on and before opening this blog) did run on a host at the Berlin CCC club with an IP-Addr. registered to the Chaos Computer Club because we were short of other hosting options.
So what? We think we already made clear that denis.stalker.h3q.com:6969 is not operated by the Chaos Computer Club but some of us have connections to the CCC.
Yes there were and probably are! Its an open bittorrent tracker, so yes anyone can announce anything on it (we do filter some selected networks which do strange things on our tracker, they are selected by hand because we don’t trust in blocklists like the one in question from bluetack). If there are fake torrents on our tracker we are sorry. We recommend to not use the fake torrents, read the comments before downloading a torrent from index sites! Throw the fake away if you downloaded one, comment the fake torrent on the index-sites and give something back to the community!
We continue to do our thing for the community: We run a fscking fast (even MediaDefender came to that conclusion) open bittorrent tracker for everybody and we think this is as un-anti-p2p as it can get!
Conclusion: Those “facts” are worth nothing. Every single one of them is rubbish.
To quote Fakhir again: Phoenixlabs uses the bluetack lists because their judgment and experience as far as IP research.. The way we see it, this judgement and experience in IP research is blinded by paranoia and self-content.
For us it seems to be impossible to get our entry deleted from the blacklist by talking to those guys.
We personally can not recommend the use of any filtering software that includes their blacklist without any form of quality assurance or review.