Last weekend an individual going by the handle of Zeiko began his crusade to take pirate torrent trackers offline. While Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against pirate torrent trackers are nothing new, Zeiko’s case certainly is. A far cry from the usual copyright protection agencies, this botnet bombardier appears to be a jilted pirate. Torrent Freak explains:
“A person using the nickname Zeiko is claiming responsibility for the DDoS action, which was initially intended to force What.cd staff into giving out an invite.
Zeiko joined IRC (Internet Relay Chat) to convince site staff that he already had an account, but when the admins couldn’t find any record of it in the database Zeiko turned his anger on the site.
“What.cd is now being under DDoS attack until I get my invite,” he wrote in What.cd’s IRC channel.
Zeiko threatening in IRC
While these kinds of threats are not uncommon, this one proved to be serious when What.cd became unreachable.
Later the same user started a Twitter account using the handle “Zeiko Anonymous” announcing the “Piracy DDoSes” with What.cd as the first target.”
Zeiko’s DDoS attacks continued against alleged pirate sites like IPTorrents, HDBits, The Vault, SceneAccess, BroadcastTheNet, bitsnoop, 1337x.org, isoHunt, and even The Pirate Bay. Zeiko’s Twitter page currently displays imagery of people in Guy Fawkes masks, the symbol of hacktivist group Anonymous, and sports the description “Follow me to a journey of justice: DDoS attacks on Piracy Websites (daily). HATE PIRACY.. HATE TORRENTS..”
So… Fed or fanatic? Hooligan or honey pot? Undercover white hat or underage dunce cap? Is it a trap or just stupid? Zeiko, come on down! You’re the next contestant on the Internet’s favorite new game show “Jar Jar or Ackbar”.