Copyright lawyer quits case after hacking attack

25 Jan 2011

A solicitor representing the pornographic industry who was pursuing illegal downloaders has quit the case after it emerged he had been hacked and issued with bomb threats.

Andrew Crossley of ACS Law on behalf of his client MediaCAT last year issued hundreds of letters seeking compensation from illegal downloaders and file-sharers.

The case achieved additional notoriety last year when thousands of emails were published online detailing the names of people accused of copyright infringement and the films they are alleged to have shared illegally.

Bomb threats

However, Crossley has decided to cease his work on the case after it emerged he had been subjected to hacking attacks, as well as bomb threats.

In a statement he read out to a court in London, Crossley said: “I have been subjected to criminal attack. My emails have been hacked. I have had death threats and bomb threats.”

It is understood that a separate law firm is now taking up the case on MediaCAT’s behalf and letters have been issued to alleged copyright thieves.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years