Giant email leak from MediaDefender -- MAFIAA hitmen

700 megabytes of internal email from MediaDefender, a group of entertainment industry enforcers, has leaked onto the net. The emails detail MediaGuardian's procedures, their internal response to being outed for posting a fake download site to entrap users, the plans to induce users to link to their entrapment site, and the way the company sought to insulate their clients in the motion picture industry from negative publicity arising from their entrapment efforts. There's plenty more there -- 700mb is a lot of mail -- and I'm sure we'll see all kinds of interesting things in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately for Media Defender - a company dedicated to mitigating the effects of internet leaks - they can do nothing about being the subject of the biggest BitTorrent leak of all time. Over 700mb of their own internal emails, dating back over 6 months have been leaked to the internet in what will be a devastating blow to the company. Many are very recent, having September 2007 dates and the majority involve the most senior people in the company. Apparently this is not the first time that a MediaDefender email leaked onto the Internet.

According to the .nfo file posted with the Mbox file the emails were obtained by a group called "MediaDefender-Defenders". It states: "By releasing these emails we hope to secure the privacy and personal integrity of all peer-to-peer users. The emails contains information about the various tactics and technical solutions for tracking p2p users, and disrupt p2p services," and "A special thanks to Jay Maris, for circumventing there entire email-security by forwarding all your emails to your gmail account"

Link (Thanks, Christian!)


  1. Hello, my name is %20 and I collect interdicting spoofing noise files created by entities like Overpeer and MediaDefender. They are important ‘art’ objects which are in dire need of preservation. I had thought the methods and products died out when Overpeer went kaputz, but there are several e-mails in this collection which revive my search and preservation of these outstanding works of questionable merit. So if you happen to get a file from these folks which seems a little off, read this blog: [] and we’ll host them for everyone to enjoy.

  2. The beauty of that is in the irony. You see, they can’t possibly claim they didn’t positively intend to share that information with others by making it available accidently. Or, that someone else shared it without their knowledge or consent …

  3. It looks like you are in a for a real treat. The leak details requests for ‘changing the quality’ of fake (seed) mp3s. Presumably they mean degrade by change, alas they didn’t really give enough time to allow creativity to shine, a mere to days. So expect the rubbishification of mainstream artistes to be as follows:

    – Add Static
    – Changing Bitrate
    – Modulated Bitrate
    – Re-encoding to a low bitrate then back to a high one
    – Adding random noise (FileF)
    – Lowering or raising the volume over the course of -a song
    – Applying a periodic volume wave
    – Switching from Stereo to Mono
    – Changing between Left and right channels
    – Looping chorus of song
    – Rearranging Verses
    – Cutting out Chorus
    – Adding Channels
    – Adding Audience Noise
    – Adding a laugh track
    – Adding Reverb/Echoing
    – Adding Voiceovers / advertisements
    – Blanking out random words
    – Censoring/beeping random words

    The problem is; none of these will actually affect the quality of the music they see to protect.

  4. “I’m sure we’ll see all kinds of interesting things in the coming weeks” is the understatement of the year. Torrents don’t interest me all that much but Corporate Anti-Piracy Soap Operas? Somebody call Frank and Anne Hummert.

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