Conclusion – 31st March 2015

The Stop File Lockers project ended all operations on the 31st March 2015.

Over the course of the project more than 1680 piracy sites were shut down and 1865 piracy source sites were shut down.

In the time since the Stop File Lockers project began, the payment processing industry has developed a good understanding of the risks involved in processing payments for file lockers and other piracy sites. As a result it is much more difficult to monetise piracy now than when the project began in June 2012.

We are sure that the ongoing evolution of technological approaches to the anti-piracy efforts of rights holders and the further understanding of the risks related to piracy sites will further restrict the monetisation options available to those who engage in commmercial piracy.

This site will remain as a permanent record of the project however no further comments or posts will be added.

Keep2Share: Illegal Content Available. Pay by Google Wallet Visa & MasterCard

Keep2Share now have full credit card facilities back along with Google Wallet and nothing has changed when it comes to compliance. The site is still full of illegal and unlawful content, including incest, bestiality and potential child exploitation content, all able to be accessed when you buy a membership using your Visa or MasterCard.

One thing is clear, Visa and MasterCard need to immediately act against this site, ensure that the merchant acquirers involved are penalised and freeze all available funds then donate them to a worthwhile cause. None of this illicit income should ever be received by Keep2Share.

We have detailed the relentless and brazen exploits of Keep2Share many times on this blog. We have noted the illegal pornography available, we have examined the Keep2Share network of sites and we have demonstrated that this site has no compliance processes in place to prohibit copyright and unlawful content being published.

Now in our most recent examination of the site we have found hordes of incest content being made available and linked to from an equally distasteful incest themed forum. Keep2Share obviously have no controls in place to prohibit such content.

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Hackers using File Lockers to Exfiltrate Stolen Credit Card numbers

Piracy isn’t the only illegal activity taking place on file lockers. Recent research has demonstrated that hackers are using file lockers and streaming sites to exfiltrate stolen credit card numbers and other stolen data from their targets.

In a recent article published at Dark Reading, the methods used by hackers to exfiltrate data via video streaming sites were examined in detail. However this activity also takes place on file lockers.

Hackers who have stolen credit card, financial or other data need a way to exfiltrate that data without revealing their final destination for the data. So in a clever manoeuvre the hackers will embed stolen data into regular movie files and then upload them onto file locker services. Then once the data is in place, the hackers will then exfiltrate that data just as a normal file locker user would download files. Once the data has been retrieved the original files are deleted from the file locker.

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Yonzy: All Payment Processing Terminated

Recently we discussed a new file locker called Yonzy. This site hosted copyright infringing content and was owned by IMGAH.COM owner Jesse Grandbois.

The site now has no forms of payment processing as both Payza and Skrill have intervened to close this merchant’s accounts.

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We’ll keep a close eye on this site and act quickly if new payment processing methods are added.

Yonzy. New file locker linked to

Yonzy is a new file locker which launched just a few days ago. The file locker has announced it’s presence to the pirates and thieves on WJunction.

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Like most file lockers we have investigated, Yonzy offers paid rewards to uploaders of content. They pay uploaders a commission upon a signup to the file locker and also pay up to $13.00 per 1000 downloads that a file receives.

What we have found is that the image hosting site now redirects to

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