Robert Anderson: I Was a Hacker for the MPAA

Promises of Hollywood fame and fortune persuaded a young hacker to betray former associates in the BitTorrent scene to Tinseltown's anti-piracy lobby, according to the hacker.

In an exclusive interview with Wired News, gun-for-hire hacker Robert Anderson tells for the first time how the Motion Picture Association of America promised him money and power if he provided confidential information on TorrentSpy, a popular BitTorrent search site.

According to Anderson, the MPAA told him: "We would need somebody like you. We would give you a nice paying job, a house, a car, anything you needed.... if you save Hollywood for us you can become rich and powerful."

In 2005, the MPAA paid Anderson $15,000 for inside information about TorrentSpy -- information at the heart of a copyright-infringement lawsuit brought by the MPAA against TorrentSpy of Los Angeles. The material is also the subject of a wiretapping countersuit against the MPAA brought by TorrentSpy's founder, Justin Bunnell, who alleges the information was obtained illegally.

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You can bet that all the "rumors" about what the RIAA/MPAA does, ARE true. They are the modern day Mafia.

In this situation its them hiring a hitman.

According to Anderson, the MPAA told him: "We would need somebody like you. We would give you a nice paying job, a house, a car, anything you needed.... if you save Hollywood for us you can become rich and powerful."

but MPAA didn't lie :

Tikitiki said,
So any word on the MPAA denying yet?

I read the article, I think the MPAA doesn't deny it because of what it says.

"The MPAA does not dispute it paid Anderson for the sensitive information, but insists that it had no idea that Anderson stole the data. "


Yeah right, they hire a hacker and had no idea he would steal data. What do they think a hacker would do?

As much as Mr. Anderson claims to be a hacker and whatever damage he left on Torrentspy, he doesn't "deserve to be killed." At least he admitted his mistake to Torrentspy's founder and agreed to cooperate.

Seriously guys. Let's at least beat the MPAA at their game by showing we can be reasonable in our judgment of people's actions instead of mindlessly advocating death to others or, in their case, suing random individuals and resorting to shady tactics like these.

1. He guessed an easy password, therefore he is not a hacker.
2. The offer was crappy, come on... 15k...
3. Kill him for selling out for such a low amount of money.

....if you save Hollywood for us you can become rich and powerful.
How thick must this guy have been to swallow such a trashy line?

lol....

Mr Anderson. We're willing to wipe the slate clean, give you a fresh start and all that we're asking in return is your cooperation in bringing a known terrorist to justice.

Chicane-UK said,
lol....

Mr Anderson. We're willing to wipe the slate clean, give you a fresh start and all that we're asking in return is your cooperation in bringing a known terrorist to justice.


Wonder what's his online alias.

Chicane-UK said,
lol....

Mr Anderson. We're willing to wipe the slate clean, give you a fresh start and all that we're asking in return is your cooperation in bringing a known terrorist to justice.

Nice joke ... too bad this particular Mr Anderson fell for it. Now... unfortunately not all of us here can help change the situation for the better. I'd like to help if I could though, bringing the MPAA down to understand the society WAY better. *sigh* ... movies are just too darn expensive these days.

myoujinyahiko

GOJI_GKing2000 said,
Wow, packs with the devil are almost never advised.

I think you mean Pacts not Packs. But in any case, I agree.

$15,000?? WTF? They'd need to give me a WHOLE lot more to sell out so rattishly. What a chump! Try 4-5Million - Never.

Man to Woman: Will you sleep with me for a million dollars?
Woman to Man: I suppose so.
Man to Woman: OK, so how about twenty dollar's worth?
Woman to Man: Get away from me! What do you think I am?
Man to Woman: Hey, we've already determined what you are; now we're just negotiating price!

I was under the impression that stolen evidence was admissible, but since the contract was violated it should present some problems in court. Whomever has the best ethical vacuum wins.

Either way I'd sell out for $15,000 and a lifetime supply of screeners.