Irony alert: Pirate file-sharing site hacked

Arrr. Hackers gain access to database of usernames and passwords

Hackers cracked The Pirate Bay and stole the peer-to-peer tracking site's database of usernames and passwords, the site warned members last week.

Pirate Bay is a BitTorrent directory whose members share movie, music and software files, many of them pirated. Last year, Swedish police raided the service, seized servers and detained three men for questioning; the trio were released and the site was up and running again within days.

Although Friday's blog post said that hackers had made off with the database, Pirate Bay downplayed the threat. "The passwords are stored encrypted, so it's not a big deal," read the post. "All e-mails are, for instance, encrypted as well, they will most likely not be able to decrypt them either (they are _very_ encrypted)." Even so, Pirate Bay recommended that users change their access passwords as soon as possible.

Initial reports from Swedish media pinned the attack on a group that calls itself Arga Unga Hackare (AUH, or Angry Young Hackers in English), but the group later denied any part in the attack. AUH first made news in 2005 when it defaced the Web site of Sweden's antipiracy bureau, Svenska Antipiratbyran.

Pirate Bay apologized to members for the inconvenience. "Sorry for the mess, but we are all human and we miss something sometimes."

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Gregg Keizer

Gregg Keizer

Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers


This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang


It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries


As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr


The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?