No effin way, this is awesome - Pirate Bay’s hovering server drones
Pirate Bay is going to put new meaning into the word innovation. As most may know, and if you don’t, Pirate Bay is website that enables it’s users to share media via BitTorrent. Often times, the media is copyrighted and illegally being shared. Pirate Bay is constantly under attack for it, in every sense of the word. So they are thinking of new ways to defend it’s sharing platform that are, let’s say out of this world.
In most recent times, issues like SOPA, the MegaUpload indictment, and even new reports of Big Hollywood stepping into our homes invading our privacy is due cause for Pirate Bay to innovate beyond what we ever would have imagined.
In a blog post from Pirate Bay reported on by Torrent Freak, they said that their main concern in today’s world is being shut down, physically - meaning, as they say, being raided and their servers physically being taken away so the Pirate Bay cannot function. So how can they combat this?
One of the technical things we always optimize is where to put our front machines. They are the ones that re-direct your traffic to a secret location. We have now decided to try to build something extraordinary.
With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.
We’re just starting so we haven’t figured everything out yet. But we can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore. These Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) are just the first attempt. With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough.
Pirate Bay’s plan is to put it’s servers on unmanned, GPS remote controlled drones in International waters, where physically taking them down won’t be possible. Now that is an interesting idea that is fully possible. Torrent Freak makes note of the RoboKopter which was used during the Polish Riots last year, which used an unmanned drone to video the police and the riots. The technology is already available to make this happen. It’s unclear though exactly how the Pirate Bay will do this, and how well it will work. I have my doubts.
This story also reminds me of a similar story from last year, where a hacker drone was built. It has all the makings of what the Pirate Bay will be doing. The remote controlled drone could fly for a couple of hours, had a high powered antennae for intercepting and broadcasting signals and a 32-gig USB drive. This hacker drone is a bit different than a “hovering” drone which was used in the Polish Riots, also pictured below.
With the Pirate Bay hovering drone, it may be able to “hover” for a much more extended period of time, which would be the goal. As the Pirate Bay said in their blog post, with the right equipment and micro-computers, physically shutting down their servers may become next to impossible. They of course are thinking even more broadly as well, stating “when the time comes we will host in all parts of the galaxy.” Emphasis is mine.