Pirate Bay Plans Flying Drones To Host Servers Above International Waters Pirate Bay Plans Flying Drones To Host Servers Above International Waters
Huffington Post UK 20/03/2012
Controversial file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has faced more than its share of legal troubles over the past few years, culminating in prison sentences and fines for its founders.
So the website has a new plan: it's going to host its servers on flying, unmanned drones.
Above international waters.
The madcap, potentially tongue-in-cheek, but brilliant scheme was discussed in a recent post on the group's blog.
The group said: "One of the technical things we always optimise 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."
The plan is to mount cheap radio devices and computers on GPS-enabled drones ('Low Orbit Server Stations') and launch them high above neutral territory in the ocean.
"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 kilometres 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."
The Pirate Bay say they can get "over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away" which is "more than enough" to keep the site serving magnet links for torrent files.
Speaking to Torrent Freak the site insisted the plan was real.
“We’re already the most resilient and the most down to earth," the team told the website. "That’s why we need to lift off, being this connected to the ground doesn’t feel appropriate to us anymore."