BitTorrent is used by millions of people every day, even in places where you wouldn’t really expect. New data reveals that employees at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division are sharing movies and TV-shows with the rest of the world. Is the FBI gathering information on BitTorrent users, or could it be that the feds harbor in-house pirates?
Online piracy is a serious crime according to the FBI. “It’s a growing threat—especially with the rise of digital technologies and Internet file sharing networks,” they write on their website.
Over the past years the FBI has been involved in many piracy related cases. The high-profile Megaupload investigation for example, where a federal agent used an “undercover computer” to browse the file-hosting site.
In this light it is quite a surprise that some employees at the FBI appear to be sharing copyrighted material out in the open, through BitTorrent.
With help from BitTorrent monitoring company ScanEye we found several BitTorrent “pirates” linked to IP-addresses that are registered to FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.
Below is a snapshot of some of the “hits” we found.