Industry watchers have poured scorn on claims made by a Russian tech company, Pirate Pay, that it can put a stop to online piracy by blocking BitTorrent websites.
Last week, Pirate Pay chief executive Andrei Klimenko claimed that his company can guarantee a pirate-free future, during an interview with Russia Beyond the Headlines.
Klimenko claimed that his company had found a way to effectively attack existing BitTorrent clusters, making them inaccessible for download.
But those claims were dismissed by Trend Micro researcher Rik Ferguson, who told V3 that even if Pirate Pay had developed technology to disable BitTorrents, it was unlikely to be a long-term solution.
"It's really difficult to say without some more technical detail. Are they spoofing the identities of seeds of specific torrents and locking up the connection attempts form would-be downloaders? Are they sending fake messages telling the seed that the client has finished downloading?", Ferguson said.
"Whichever it is, I would fully expect BitTorrent software to be modified to be able to cope with any of these mechanisms in the short-term, should this technology see widespread adoption."
Pirate Pay refuses to discuss how its service works, though it claimed to have successfully blocked roughly 50,000 illegal downloads as part of an earlier contract with Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures.
The news follows debate regarding how companies and governments should combat online piracy. The debate has centred on the Pirate Bay, with a number of courts ordering internet service providers to block access to the site.
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