THE SO-CALLED 'anti-piracy' law firm ACS:Law has received unwanted attention from the hackers of the 4Chan forum.
The firm's website was taken down by a 4chan orchestrated distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack and had shedloads of its emails taken and exposed on the world wide web.
Apparently ACS:Law owner Andrew Crossley was also harassed at home in the middle of the night by crank phone calls.
ACS:Law sent out shedloads of emails to often innocent Internet subscribers demanding large amounts of money. The outfit threatened to expose the porn surfing history of the alleged 'filesharers' to the public in court if they didn't pay up.
According to TorrentFreak , the attacks have exposed some of the more disreputable inner dealings of the firm in the emails.
The emails show that ACS:Law and the US Copyright Group - of Hurt Locker fame - appear to be cooperating. There is also an indication that Crossley hates the consumer group Which?, claiming the outfit defamed him and wrote articles designed to "demean" and "denigrate" him. The emails also expose plans to take down Slyck.com
One of the emails indicates that one client was concerned about the accuracy of the data that ACS:Law provided and the methods used to obtain the data.
Crossley bragged about how much money he has obtained from penning his emails to people. He wrote, "Spent much of the weekend looking for a new car. Finances are much better so can put £20-30k down. May go for a Lambo or Ferrari. I am so predictable!" Later emails reveal that he bought a Jeep Compass 2.4CVT.
In a letter to NG3Sys, which did the outfit's Internet monitoring, he told it that it would receive on average about £1,000 per 150 letters sent.
After falling out with NG3Sys, ACS:Law sent an email out to other potential monitoring companies, writing, "We have one client in particular, with a large number of copyright titles that have been collecting good numbers of IP addresses. We have two phases run through and the latest phase has been collecting circa 20,000 IP addresses a month for UK alone. Germany also is gathering good figures," he bragged.
He said that there were 300 titles - all adult film titles, all legal and UK certificated - that were being actively monitored.
One of the pile of emails that Crossley probably didn't want to see in the public domain were those sent to his ex-wife, where in part he told her to "F*ck off and keep out of my life" and accused her of being with a "drug addled hermit".
Other emails include the approach used to screw people out of cash when they are clearly not liable for copyright infringement. One old guy was told that he had been downloading gay porn and another woman was told she was liable because her son had been downloading porn. µ
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