The Pirate Bay (TPB) has distanced itself from a distributed denial of attack against British ISP Virgin Media which was amongst several forced to block the torrent link magnet site.
UK ISP Virgin Media on Wednesday took its website offline in response to what some Anonymous members declared was a successful “Tango Down”.
Virgin Media, along with Talk Talk, Everything Everywhere, Sky and O2 were issued orders under a High Court ruling to block TPB. In a statement, Virgin said it was merely complying with those orders, distancing itself from the decision to block the site.
TPB said it strongly disagreed with “ugly methods” like DDoS, because it was “censorship” just like the ISP-level filter that blocked them.
“We do NOT encourage these actions. We believe in the open and free internets, where anyone can express their views. Even if we strongly disagree with them and even if they hate us,” TPB said on its Facebook page.
Alternative forms of protest TPB advocated included starting a political pirate party, teaching others “the art of bittorrent”, establishing a proxy and penning a complaint to a local member.
After Wednesday’s DDoS takedown, Virgin Media’s website appeared to be offline again on Thursday evening.