We can’t even trust our own anymore.
Earlier this morning, uploading and file-hosting forum UploaderTalk.com went permanently offline, leaving only this notice posted on the front page:
“UT is now closed. UT was set up for a number of reasons. But mostly to be a sounding board, proof of concept.[.].and to collect data,” WDF said in a statement today. “That’s right the biggest swerve ever. I, WDF, work for the anti-piracy people! I have collected information on many of you. I collected info on file hosts, web hosts, websites. How is it I was able to protect some sites and people? Because I was working for the other side!”
In one of the longest cons this side of the warez web, WDF is a high-ranking, well-respected member of the file-hosting and piracy community has come out and admitted to colluding with “the other side”, as he has so eloquently put it. He claims to have been in contact with a number of federal authorities while running UploaderTalk, or UT as it eventually became known, using his power as moderator of the site to collect information on its users in realtime. Upload stats, recording techniques, preferred tools, and favorite websites were just a few of the details WDF was able to obtain over the 12 months the site was live, and it would be all he needed in the end to put the screw on when the time finally came.
After rising to prominence on one of the more popular boards in 2011, WJunction, WDF had a falling out with the administrative team behind the scenes, and decided to take things into his own hands with the launch of UploaderTalk in 2012. Members from WJunction who trusted WDF followed him over, signing up to contribute to his board and trusting him with information about their personal identities that no one else could have known without his level of access. NukePiracy LLC, a company which was founded in Nashville, Tennessee just this month, is an anti-piracy group who works with the government to expose rings involved in pirating television, movies, books, and music for torrenting sites.
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“So what happens now?” WDF concluded. “I am already working with a different ID, a new persona, and still collecting data. You never know who I will be or where I will turn up. I work for Nuke Piracy now, this is very bad for anyone profiting from stealing content online.”