The individuals, mainly employees of ISPs in Finland, allegedly hid their operation inside their company’s networks and rerouted monitoring software so that the existence of the server wouldn’t be uncovered.
This week four alleged operators of a Scene topsite called Hayabusa / Rainbow (HBR / RBW) are appearing before a Finnish court charged with copyright offenses. The individuals are described as IT professionals which is hardly a surprise, but perhaps of more interest is that three of them worked for a pair of Finnish Internet service providers. Their positions appear to have proven crucial to the site’s operations.
According to an investigation carried out by the police, the topsite servers of HBR / RBW were installed by employees of Saunalahti, a company owned by prominent Finnish ISP Elisa. Taking full advantage of Elisa’s position, it’s claimed that these servers were installed in Elisa’s machine room and connected to the Internet using the ISP’s super-fast fiber connection.
Then, to complete the stealth installation, it’s alleged that the defendants modified Elisa’s network monitoring software so that the IP addresses and traffic generated by the servers went unnoticed by the company.
Nevertheless, police investigations eventually led to Elisa and the company was asked to provide the identity of the people behind the server. But inside the ISP the news that the police were looking for the Hayabusa / Rainbow operators traveled fast.
After hearing of the investigation one of the defendants is said to have taken down the site and attempted to destroy evidence.