BitTorrent Users Respond to WWDC Leopard Leak

a good deed never goes unpunished. Over at CrunchGear yesterday, Nicholas broke the tale of the WWDC beta of Mac OS X Leopard’s leak onto the Oink BitTorrent Web site. (Oink is a so-called “confidential” or “independent” BitTorrent tracker that specializes in sound, though it also has a fairly vibrant Mac program user base.) We did so because of the particulars involved. No, that a copy of Leopard finds its route onto the Internet isn’t news per se; that happens with every developer build. But the WWDC beta—build number 9A466—is a near-final model of the upcoming operating system and rumors had suggested that Apple had taken superb care in making sure that the build would never be leaked. So when it did leak yesterday morning, we considered it newsworthy.

Apparently, several Oink users didn’t agree.

Within minutes of posting the tale, several people, presumably Oink users, had flooded the post with genuinely vile statements. I don’t know how his reporting on the felonious leak of a piece of program gives them the right wish deradful, deradful things upon Nicholas’ family members, his mother especially, but that’s their prerogative. It’s important to note that also within minutes of our reporting on the tale the Torrent file in request was removed by an oink admin, only to be re-uploaded soon after.

The Leopard beta has since spread across the Internet and is now available on more public BitTorrent trackers like The Pirate claim. It’s also in the process of being uploaded onto Usenet. So any effort on Apple’s part to stop the bleeding, so to speak, has just become harder.

For most of the day today the Oink Web site has been down. Whether or not Leopard’s leak (or even our reporting) has anything to do with this I don’t know. We contacted Apple yesterday regarding the leak and didn’t collect an answerly, but it’d be naive of me to believe that Apple and other parties aren’t currently monitoring these so-called “independent” BitTorrent trackers for such activity.

How Apple chooses to answer to Leopard’s leak remains to be seen.


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