Microsoft is reportedly backing a Russian-based start-up called "Pirate Pay" that claims to track and shut down BitTorrents that share copyrighted materials. According to TorrentFreak, their first test of their technology involved a collaboration with Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures, where they "successfully stopped tens of thousands of downloads." The technology can supposedly attack a BitTorrent Swarm, making it impossible for users to download the content being offered. Microsoft supposedly gave the firm $100,000 in investment from its Seed Financing Fund last year.
"After creating the prototype, we realized we could more generally prevent files from being downloaded, which meant that the program had great promise in combating the spread of pirated content," Pirate Pay CEO Andrei Klimenko said publicly.
In December 2011 Pirate Pay’s technology protected the film “Vysotsky: Thanks to God, I’m alive,” according to TorrentFreak.
While Pirate Pay will not disclose how their technology works, speculation is that it floods clients with fake information that pretends to be legitimate peers.
"We used a number of servers to make a connection to each and every P2P client that distributed this film," Andrei Klimenko says. "Then Pirate Pay sent specific traffic to confuse these clients about the real IP-addresses of other clients and to make them disconnect from each other."
Pirate Pay claim that they charge somewhere between $12,000 and $50,000 depending on the project.