PirateBay taken down!

25 08 2009

Zee wrote this article.

Torrent sharing site The Pirate Bay has been taken offline by its primary ISP – Black Internet.

According to a decision by the Stockholm District Court to the ISP Black Internet to stop supplying capacity to the Pirate Bay, or risk a penalty of 500,000 Swedish kronor (£43,000/$71,000).

“We received the decision on penalty just after lunch and turned the capacity just before three approximately. There are laws and rules in society and should be followed. What we like it here and how we act in the future, we have not decided yet, “says Black Internet’s CEO Victor Moller to DN.se.

Former spokesperson for the site Peter Sunde has been tweeting: “A Swedish court apparantly decided it is illegal to be an ISP”, following that up with “it’s a scandal as usual of course”.


black Internet is not the only company that sells capacity to Pirate Bay, but Victor Moller says that it is all that now threatened with the penalty. He assumes that Black Internet is the largest supplier to the Pirate Bay.

“They will be able to redirect and get the capacity from elsewhere, but of course it takes some time,” says Victor Moller.

update: it’s up again!


Reuters: Sergey strikes back

14 08 2009

The case of Sergey Aleynikov, the former Goldman Sachs programmer charged with stealing some of the top secret code to the investment bank’s high-frequency trading program, is going on the offensive.

UPDATE: Just got a copy of Goldman’s motion and it appears much of what Aleynikov wants are personnel records regarding ”performance reviews by peers and superiors, complaints, employee progress reports, training history records” etc.

Goldman says Aleynikov’s request should be denied because the “crux of the complaint is an allegation of theft, not an employment or wage dispute.”

UPDATE 2.0: Goldman smackdown, courtesy of Judge Crotty, who gave a pretty hard time to Goldman’s lawyer in court. Aleynikov got access to his personnel file, as requested, and Goldman got nothing. I guess Goldman doesn’t win all the time.

Read the full article on Reuters blog

Read more about What Sergey really do at Goldman

Goldman Sachs strikes back.
Aleynikov was sentenced to eight years in federal prison.

Michael Lewis: Did Goldman Sachs Overstep in Criminally Charging Its Ex-Programmer?