Microsoft Caught Pirating Movies, Smut and Books

By Sam Gibbs on at

Microsoft has been rolling out a pretty stern anti-piracy front recently. It's been censoring BitTorrent links like crazy in Messenger, as well as sending an absolutely massive amount of take-down notices to Google, but all that hasn't stopped its staff pirating stuff. Apparently Microsoft employees love a good BitTorrent, including a splash of porn at work.

TorrentFreak used the public torrent IP-tracking service, YouHaveDownloaded, to see what known Microsoft IP addresses have been downloading, and the data is very revealing indeed. Last year, Microsofters from Washington seemingly download a fair few movies, including skin-flicks, while slightly more high-brow Virginia-based employees liked to download educational books.

It's not really surprising given the sheer number of employees Microsoft has, but you'd think it'd want to block or filter the copyright infringing downloads, especially given its recent public anti-piracy stance. I guess the most disturbing thing is that it seems certain Microsoft personnel like a bit of "me time" while at work; now that's just plain wrong. [TorrentFreak]

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