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A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in a photo illustration in Paris April 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Mal Langsdon) A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in a photo illustration in Paris April 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Mal Langsdon)  

Anti-Piracy Site Turned Into Piracy Site By Hackers

An Argentine anti-piracy group temporarily became its own enemy thanks to the work of hackers on Tuesday.

The website of the Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers was converted into a proxy for The Pirate Bay, a site that allows users to download free music, games, software and movies. For about 10 hours, visitors to the site were greeted with torrents in place of the site’s regular anti-piracy lobbying content, Ars Technica reports.

No organization or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack, although it is thought to be a response to the organization’s recent legal victory against The Pirate Bay. The group recently won an injunction forcing 11 ISPs to block 256 IP addresses and 12 domains belonging to The Pirate Bay.

As TorrentFreak notes, aggressive responses of this kind are in decline, although still not entirely uncommon.

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