Back in July, various blogs reported on the revelations that Media Defender, a prominent anti-piracy company that’s worked with the MPAA and the RIAA, was responsible for the new video-sharing site Miivi. In the face of overwhelming evidence (like, for instance, a WHOIS report that put Media Defender as the owner and administrator of the domain), Media Defender decided to play down the reveal by stating that the site was not in fact a honeypot designed to entrap bit torrent users, but rather an internal site that someone forgot to lock down. Sure. Ok.
This weekend however, Media Defender took another hit as six months worth of internal e-mails found their way to various Torrent sites. Those e-mails not only detail the companies various internal communications regarding Miivi, but also lay out a good deal of their plans to launch another honeypot site designed to ensnare would-be pirates.
When, oh when, will companies that deal in technology learn to be at least marginally smarter than the same people they’re trying to shut down?