FBI likes to torrent, too — here are some of the FBI’s favorite things to pirate via BitTorrent


Try going to MegaUpload.com and you’ll see an FBI anti-piracy warning. The warning is for the purposes of discouraging people from pirating copyrighted content. But that doesn’t mean the FBI doesn’t like to pirate things themselves! BitTorrent monitoring company ScanEye has once again given us a little peak into what the feds are watching and downloading these days. Check it out:


These downloads are all tied to IPs from the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, the FBI division that is responsible for providing “criminal justice information” to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Sure, it doesn’t necessarily mean an FBI agent or FBI employee did the downloading; it could’ve been somebody who doesn’t work for the FBI, maybe even an idiot intern — anyone that had access to the network. But what if it really was somebody from the FBI? Talk about hypocrisy, no?

Either way, they (whomever they are) have pretty good taste in TV shows. Dexter and Homeland are both good choices, although I haven’t seen any of the other shows they’re watching. Parental Guidance, however, was supposedly a pretty bad movie. Anyway, regardless of who downloaded these, it only proves once again that piracy is indeed everywhere… and that includes FBI premises. And the US House of Representatives, by the way.

[via TorrentFreak, Gizmodo, image via Cliff]

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  • etim

    From the shows listed I’m guessing they’re thinking they’re exempt because they’re watching “educational material”.

  • Ashraf

    @jack: @Enrique: LOL!
    @Gonzo: That is a very interesting point. I’m not sure how tracking torrents shows up in logs but I suppose this could potentially be that. I doubt it though, simply because I would think the FBI would use a generic IP address for torrent tracking rather than an easily blockable FBI IP.

  • Enrique

    @jack: We’ll also be too slow to respond to any important matters cause the bandwidth is being taken up by this new movie we’re going to pirate!

  • Gonzo

    I’m pretty sure their excuse for downloading torrent would be that they’re using that to track and investigate people infringing copyright… yeah right…

  • cpusrvc

    Of course an employee of the FBI wouldn’t do such a thing. It must have been the guests in the building that logged into the FBI computers. LOL

  • jack


    Sorry Mr President but we can’t email you or search for CyberCriminals because our ISP has shut down our internet feed due to us pirating TV shows!

  • jack

    Surely if they,ve got red and blue flashing lights on their router it’s legal isn’t it?

  • V

    The lesson from totalitarian regimes everywhere is that when freedom is outlawed, only the outlaw-makers will have freedom. The FBI & Congress in this case.

    We can guess that the A-Teams — RIAA & MPAA — are savvy enough not to go after those doing their bidding SO … the lesson here is to either get yourself elected to Congress or join the FBI if you want to keep your freedom.

  • Grantwhy

    as an Australian I have to say:

    Home and Away? Really? Someone at the FBI’s got interesting taste.


  • Enrique

    @Ashraf: Imagine the outcry if it didn’t. Who provides their Internet service?

  • Ashraf

    I wonder if Six-Strikes applies to them.