The 'anti-piracy' legal firm ACS:Law, which makes a fortune threatening to blackmail people for downloading porn, has been cut off by its ISP.
Sky Broadband is furious after the outfit was hacked and 4,000 Sky customers had their information leaked into the wild thanks to sloppy web server administration and the lack of data encryption procedures.
The ISP first pulled the plug because of a previous DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. But when it came online the site's root directory and a backup file became the home page.
Sky had been cooperating with ACS:Law in identifying which of its customers had IP addresses spotted on file sharing sites.
However now it appears that 4,000 Sky customers may have been affected by ACS:Law's lack of security measures.
A statement from Sky said that it had suspended all cooperation with ACS:Law with immediate effect. This suspension will remain in place until ACS:Law demonstrates adequate measures to protect the security of personal information, the statement said.
Sky might also be in hot water here. By handing over IP addresses to to ACS:Law without checking that data was protected it could also be blasted by the privacy authorities, or at least sued by those who had data leaked.
It might be that organisations such as ISPs stop rolling over when it comes to handing out personal data to anti-piracy groups.
Already ACS:Law is under investigation for sending out letters demanding money from innocent people and threatening to expose what type of porn they were downloading.