Bollywood Using DDoS Attacks To Fight Movie Piracy

The Indian film industry is hiring tech firms to launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against websites that host illegal copies of Bollywood movies.

One such tech firm is Aiplex Software, which claims that it has already carried out attacks for 30 of the biggest Bollywood movies, including 'My name is Khan', 'Houseful' and 'Ishqiya'.

Girish Kumar, the managing director of Aiplex Software, explains that major Bollywood studios hire them to search for websites that offer free downloads of their movies. They then proceed by serving legal notices, requesting the owners to take down the movies.

He claims that most of them agree to comply by the law, but that there are those who refuse to cooperate.

In order to prevent them from illegally distributing the movie, the company floods the websites in questions with 'lakhs' of requests, thereby taking them down.

“Generally speaking 95 per cent of ... providers do remove the content. It's only the torrent sites - 20 to 25 per cent of the torrent sites - that do not have respect for any of the copyright notices,” he explained.