Monday, 25 October 2010

BREAKING NEWS: ACS-Law blasted off the net, again


It's been almost a month since the initial takedown of ACS:Law's website, leading to one of the biggest data leaks in UK history.  The firms owner and registered solicitor scumbag, Andrew Crossley, is now churning out so-called 'legal' letters at a ridiculous pace in an attempt to scare as much money out of the UK public as he can before the inevitable.

In what's been dubbed a 'drive by' DDoS attack, ACS-LAW.CO.UK has once again been obliterated and taken offline by activists attempting to bring media attention to the tactics used by these law firms to generate revenue under the guise of 'copyright protection'.

The site went offline yesterday evening, GMT, and remains offline this morning.  Sometime during the night the site was removed all together and is now directing to a 'parked' page with little evidence of the scam left on the domain.  Before being knocked offline, ACS-Law appeared to be attempting a full comeback, finally updating their pathetically unprofessional MySpace-esque website with contact links and even, ironically, a home page link to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

A search for ACS Law on Google, Bing or similar search engines now exposes the truth about the rogue law firm with the official site hidden away somewhere in the pages and pages of news about the catastrophic email leak.

If you've received a letter post September 24th - keep everybody updated by joining the official ACS-Law thread on Slyck and in turn gaining mountains of helpful advice.

The Internet was exploited by ACS-Law for profit.  That same Internet, our Internet, is to be its biggest downfall.

UPDATE:  Our reporters' attempts at contacting Andrew Crossley's mobile phone about his website, directly, have been met with a 'number not in service' tone.  You can contact ACS-Law's offices directly on 02071932493 in the UK or 442071932493 internationally and leave a message.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Received a letter from ACS:Law after the 24th September?


Have you or anybody you know received a letter from the team of fraudsters at ACS:Law since the 24th September 2010? (the email leak)

If so, the anti-ACS gurus at Slyck would like to hear from youGo here to find out more.

It doesn't matter if it was your first letter, second, response to a letter of denial or anything else.

We need to keep the news of the ACS:Law scam alive and not allow Andrew Crossley to sneak back into the shadows after the breaking news throughout the past two and a half weeks.

ACS:News recommends you include the following information in your post or message to SlyckTom:
- Date letter received
- What ACS:Law is claiming
- Whether or not it's your first letter
- If you chose to include a scan of your letter remember to block out your personal details (you can do this in Paint)

Your help will put together further journalistic investigation and exposure to the ACS:Law scam which is systematically being torn apart day by day.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

You can also catch up with other people who have received an ACS:Law letter in the near-500-page-long help thread, where you can also post information if you've been targeted by a similar firm.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

ACS:Law - 2 weeks on and STILL threatening the UK public, what can we do?


It has been exactly two weeks since the castrosptropic email leak at notorious 'legalised scam' law firm ACS:Law.  Many, both inside and outside the legal circle believed this would strike the end of the rogue firm and finally put their 'get rich quick' scheme to bed.

Unbelievably 14 days later people are still reporting being harassed by Andrew Crossley for ridiculous sums of between £495 and over £1000.  A post today by Slyck user 'ANGRYMAN' states that he has just received a second letter from ACS telling him to pay up or face ficticious court fines, suggesting that ACS:Law are still in operation.

"Okay Ive been following this thread for some while now as I am one of the many who has been wrongly accused. I got my second letter just now after my first lod had been refused as they say it was a template letter. Utter nonsense as I added half the words to the lod myself. I just copied the paragraph with the law acts involving the CDPA Act 1988 as I am no professional in the law. This letter that I have just received says if I do not pay the £495 within 14 days of receiving this 2nd letter then they will apply to the court for an immediate interim payment of £1000 towards their legal costs. What is this all about. Im innocent , can they do this, get money from you before you even go to court. Its outrageous. This ACS law company are really pushing it now. Threatening people with £1000 up front interim payments before you get taken to court surely cant be right. These people will not intimidate me. Ive not done it. Demanding up front legal costs by a court order before you go to court to cover their costs, whats that all about???" - ANGRYMAN, Slyck forums

As per usual, the helpful crew at Slyck, a forum ACS:Law previously attempted to shut down, jump on board to express their knowledge:

"ACS have been picked up on their lack of transparency re costs and fees before. They'll have plucked the £1000 (too round a figure to be real) out of thin air and would probably attribute it to the cost of sending their letters and other admin (LOL).
In reality the 1K has no other basis other than as an additional scare tactic." - Time on my hands, Slyck forums

"Don't worry about it, as far as I know this threat has no legal basis, as Time on my hands says, it's a scare tactic. A court cannot (will not?) award costs to someone on the basis of an accusation. The only way for this to happen (as far as I'm aware) is to have a trial and one side to be found guilty, and we all know that's not going to happen." - shufferin'shuccotash, Slyck forums

Could ACS:Law be attempting to milk as much from innocent people in what could be the final weeks of their existence?  It seems they're wasting absolutely no time sending out their usual hogwash to the masses that have previously sent ACS letters of denial[EDIT: PI guru Alexander Hanff explains why ACS cannot reject a LoD]

So, what can we do to help put the final nails in the coffin of Andrew Crossley and his team of currently legalised scammers?

Education is key here and what will be most feared by ACS:Law.  This is a firm built on taking advantage of the good, non-confrontational nature of most people, relying heavily, if not solely, on being able to bully via a suite and a letterhead.

A Google search for the law firm now suggests 'scam' as a search phrase, 'leak' as another and lists hundreds of results enlightening those who have fallen victim to an ACS letter to the foul nature of the firms existence.

Let's outline a few things that we, the average internet user, can do to ensure the demise of ACS:Law:
  • Don't stop informing people, the media and any contacts you may have about ACS:Law's operation and the leak.  Perhaps Crossley thinks that in time the chaos caused by the email leaks will 'die down', let's not allow that to happen.
  • Contact the new 'Legal Ombudsman' and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) who, according to reports, are currently receiving hundreds if not thousands of complaints.  If you've received a letter then use this to your advantage, get in contact with the SRA and add to the numbers.
  • Contact your ISP today and ask them what they are doing to combat these 'IP collection' scams.  UK ISP Xilo has just stated that they WILL NOT hand over any customer data to the likes of ACS and strongly believe that IP collection methods are flawed and hold no real evidence to a case of copyright infringement.  Put pressure on your ISP to release a similar statement - remember BT and Plusnet are now rethinking giving data over so easily.  Let them know that the privacy of their paying customers should be a huge priority and if they cannot prove their will to protect you, you'll be going elsewhere.
Yesterday news broke to the taking down of three Spanish anti-P2P groups -, and by Anonymous, the collective term for nameless internet users using the power of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks as a means of protest.  Think of it as the online equivalant of standing outside of ACS:Law's offices with masks and banners, disrupting their business whilst bringing mass media attention.  The news was covered throughout Spain on national TV stations, radio and of course online.
As yet more 'get rich quick on the Internet' hopefuls jump on the 'sue 'em all' bandwagon, it seems as though there is no shortage of potential targets for Anonymous as the battle for online freedom continues...

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

FileWatch: Proof that ACS:Law DID NOT and CAN NOT stop sharing, employing these firms is futile


Good evening netizens.  As news flies in about new law firms set to take over where ACS:Law left off, BT and the courts tell Ministry of Sound to go away until January and Operation Payback floors yet more targets, we at ACS:News would like to bring you a special segment dedicated to ACS:Law named ACS:News FileWatch.

It's no secret that Andrew Johnathan Crossley and his law firm employed some of the dirtiest tactics in the field of law to make money from the masses but just how well did they do at what they claimed to have been working towards; protecting copyrights?

Last week, news broke to the release of a 'megapack' put up by pirates claiming to contain every album and song ACS:Law were recieving money to protect.  The pirates who released the pack stated that finding each album was simple and that anyone with a connection to the Internet could do it.  Sounds like a challenge, huh?  In this special report, our field team sets out to find the files supposedly protected by Andrew Crossley and finds out whether employing firms like ACS:Law is actually worth the stress on your wallet.


<Music Plays>

<Highlights of forthcoming segment...>

"Oh my god, I can't believe they're right there in front of us...", "<chuckling>Are they going to sue Google next?", "<excitement>Is that every file?  Every last one?  Oh *#$%......", "<shouting>WE'VE GOT A LETTER, I REPEAT WE'VE GOT A LETTER", "<distressed cries>IS EVERYBODY OK... #&$% IS EVERYBODY OK?"

Hello and welcome to ACS:News FileWatch.  In this month’s show we investigate just how well controversial law firm ACS:Law are protecting their client's 'intellectual' interests and if they really can keep people from sharing music on the Internet.

It's a misty early October morning and the team settle down at their desks armed with a list of files supposedly forbidden from the depths of the Internet.  Their aim: to see if, and just how easily the files can be obtained, depsite ACS:Law's claims.

Rachael, 23, was the first in our team to give it a try.  Rachael is tech savvy and uses BitTorrent regularly.  Using a combination of BitTorrent indexers and search engines she was astonished to find ALL of the music 'protected' by ACS:Law in readily downloadable, high-quality formats.

Next up was Matthew, ACS:News' 75 year old field reporter who has very limited experience with computers and the Internet.  "I like to email the grandkids at weekends and sometimes search for pictures of wildlife", says Matt, looking rather daunted by the prospect of being able to find and download an entire forbidden catalogue of music.  “Though according to ACS:Law I’m a big fan of talentless commercial dance act Cascada”, he mutters.  Matt starts by going to Google and searching simply for the titles of the music required followed by strings such as 'download', 'torrent' and 'mp3'.  To Matt's amazement he was able to obtain each and every album at lightening speeds, proving that even technophobes can and will use the Internet to download and share music.
“The grandkids will be proud of their granddad”, explains Matt.  “Maybe they’ll teach me how to share this stuff with others, though I’m not sure I want them listening to it!”

Throughout the day various other people tried the test and gained similar results with most people saying they could find the albums through a combination of Google, various P2P applications, BitTorrent and Usenet.
"I think anyone who plans on investing in ACS:Law should think long and hard before they part with their cash", claims one member of the team.
"I didn't doubt for a second that everything was readily available", claims another.
"If anything I think people will be more inclined to share the music they've been told not to, just to prove a point", says veteran field reporter Matthew.

Below are links to the files the team found.  These files were found using common search engines like Google and Bing and are NOT hosted by ACS:News.


Aquagen - So Far So Good (The Very Best Of) Aquagen_-_So_Far_So_Good-(The_Very_Best_Of)-WEB-2009-eST
Direct Download:  HotFile | RapidShare | MegaUpload | zshare | Uploading | depositfiles | MegaUpload | TurboIt | FreakShare| FileFactory | RapidShare | zshare | NetLoad | FileFront | iFileIt |
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.97 / 320kbps

Blackguard - Profugus Mortis | Blackguard - 2009 - Profugus Mortis
Direct Download: HotFile | FileServe | depositfiles | MegaUpload | Ziddu | FileSonic | FreakShare | UGotFileRapidShare | zshare | SendSpace | NetLoad | MediaFire | 2shared 
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.97 / VBRkbps

Candlemass - Death Magic Doom | Candlemass - Death Magic Doom (2009)
Direct Download: HotFile | depositfiles | MegaUpload | EasyShare | FileFactory | UGotFile | RapidShare | zshare | badongo | NetLoad | MediaFire | ZippyShare | 2shared | Ziddu
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.97 / VBRkbps

Cascada - Evacuate The Dancefloor | Cascada - Evacuate The Dancefloor [2009][CD+Cov]

Direct Download: EasyShare | zshare | 2shared | HotFile | badongo | MegaShare | SendSpace | HotFile | DepositFiles | MegaUpload | TurboIt | UGotFile | RapidShare | NetLoad | MediaFire | MegaShare | ZippyShare | 2shared | Uploadbox | iFileIt | x7 | MegaUpload | Easy-Share | FileSonic | FreakShare | FileFactory | UGotFile | badongo | NetLoad | ZippyShare | 2shared | FileFront | iFileIt | x7
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.98 / 320kbps 

Chimaira - The Infection (Deluxe Edition) | Chimaira-The_Infection-(Deluxe_Edition)-2009-FNT

Direct Download: RapidShare | zshare | badongo | MediaFire | ZippyShare | 2shared | ShareBase | iFileit | x7 | ziddu | MegaUpload | depositfiles | FileServe | HotFile
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.97 / VBRkbps

Deathstars - Night Electric Night
Direct Download: zshare | HotFile | 2shared | SendSpace | badongo | MegaShare | MegaUpload | HotFile | depositfiles | MegaUpload | TurboIt | ExtaBit | FreakShare | UGotFile | badongo | NetLoad | | ZippyShare | ShareBase | UploadBox | x7 |
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / VBRkbps

Eluveitie - Evocation I The Arcane Dominion
Direct Download: HotFile | depositfiles | MegaUpload | Ziddu | FileFactory | RapidShare | zshare | SendSpace | badongo | MediaFire | MegaShare | FileFront | iFileit | x7 
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / 256kbps

Epica - The Classical Conspiracy | Epica-The_Classical_Conspiracy-2CD-2009-FOAD

Direct Download: HotFile | FileServe | x7 | Uploadbox | bandongo | SendSpace | zshare | RapidShare | Ziddu | MegaUpload | depositfiles
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.97 / VBRkbps

Guru Josh - Infinity (Single)
Direct Download: HotFile | Zippyshare | SendSpace | HotFile | depositfiles | MegaUpload | Ziddu | Turbobit | FileSonic | Zippyshare | Sharebase | Uploadbox | iFile | x7 | Uploading | zshare | HotFile | depositfiles | MegaUpload | RapidShare | HotFile | FileServe | DepositFiles | MegaUpload | Easy-Share | Ziddu | FileSonic | FileFactory | RapidShare | zshare | SendSpace | MediaFire | FileFront | iFileIt | FileDropper | TurboItExtraBit | FreakShare | UGotFile | zshare | badongo | | ZippyShare | 2shared | ShareBase | UploadBox | x7 | MegaUpload | MultiUpload | Uploading | zshare | HotFile | depositfiles |
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.97 / 320kbps

HammerFall - No Sacrifice No Victory
Direct Download: despositfiles | MegaUpload | Ziddu | FileSonic | FreakShare | FileFactory | RapidShare | zshare | badongo | MegaShare | ZippyShare | 2shared | HotFile
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay 
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.97 / VBRkbps

Mantic Ritual - Executioner
Direct Download: HotFile | RapidShare | zshare | x7 | MegaUpload | depositfiles | MediaFire | ZippyShare | 2shared | FileFront | iFileit | SendSpace | badongo | Ziddu
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.97 / VBRkbps

Nightwish Made in Hong Kong (And In Various Other Places)
Direct Download: zshare | badongo | MediaFire | 2shared | MegaUpload | iFileit | x7 | HotFile | depositfiles | Ziddu | Turbobit | FileFactory | UGotFile | RapidShare
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / 160kbps

Samael - Above | Samael-Above-2009-FNT

Direct Download: zshare | HotFile | badongo | MegaUpload | despoitfiles | SendSpace | 2shared |
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay 
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.97 / VBRkbps

Subway To Sally - Kreuzfeuer 
Direct Download: RapidShare | MegaUpload | depositfiles | HotFile | zshare | Uploading | HotFile | iFileIt | UploadBox | ShareBase | MegaShare | | NetLoad | badongo | UGotFile | FreakShare | ExtaBit | depositfiles | MegaUpload | x7 | Zippyshare | NetLoad |
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.93 / 320kbps 

Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky - The Grand Partition And The Abrogation Of Idolatry | Success_Will_Write_Apocalypse_Across_The_Sky-The_Grand_Partition_And_The_Abrogation_Of_Idolatry-(Advance)-2009 
Direct Download: RapidShare | MegaUpload | depositfiles | Uploading | HotFile | zshare |
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.97 / VBRkbps

VA - Hands On Scooter | VA-Hands_On_Scooter-2009-hbZ

Direct Download: zshare | | badongo | SendSpace | HotFile | depositfiles | EasyShare | Ziddu | Turbobit | FileSonic |
BitTorrent: isoHunt | ThePirateBay
Notes: MP3 / LAME 3.97 / VBRkbps

So there you have it.  Solid evidence that employing law firms such as ACS:Law to 'protect' your works is not only a pointless waste of money but a sure way to alienate your potential audience, placing you squarely in the 'they are against file sharing' category.

...Back to you in the studio...

Disclaimer: None of the files above are hosted or supplied by ACS:News and are therefore not in breach of any copyright legislation.  ACS:News are merely reporting links as they are found, direct from our NYC news room.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Pirates release another ACS:Law 'megapack', this time it's games...


A peaceful Sunday afternoon in the leafy green suburb where ACS:News is based has been thrown into chaos as news breaks about the release of another 'megapack' by anti-anti-P2P group "WANKERS" who have this time decided to concentrate on releasing the entire video games catalogue ACS:Law and Davenport Lyons have actively pursued individuals over, including one woman who has been thrown into financial ruin after Davenport Lyons successfully sued her for around £16,000, yes, £16k after allegedly sharing the computer game "Dream Pinball 3D" online.

The pack contains much of the gaming content used to target people over sharing in recent years including mobile games, PC games and even a Sony PSP game.

The text below is quoted directly from the "NFO" (information file accompanying the latest release) in which WANKERS outline their reasoning behind the release, dubbed the 'Forbidden Games Pack', following their previous 'Forbidden Music Pack' released last week containing every album and song ACS:Law has attempted to stop people from sharing online.

WANKERS likely chose their name based on action taken against P2P and digital news site Slyck after a user reportedly called ACS:Law head Andrew Crossley a 'wanker', sparking a torrent of legal threats against Slyck from the ACS:Law offices.

" __      __  _____    _______   ____  __._____________________  _________
/  \    /  \/  _  \   \      \ |    |/ _|\_   _____/\______   \/   _____/
\   \/\/   /  /_\  \  /   |   \|      <   |    __)_  |       _/\_____  \
 \        /    |    \/    |    \    |  \  |        \ |    |   \/        \
  \__/\  /\____|__  /\____|__  /____|__ \/_______  / |____|_  /_______  /
AC!2o1o\/         \/         \/        \/        \/         \/        \/

         .......:::::::: WANKERS Proudly Present :::::::.......
          ACS:Law's 'Share This, Get Sued' Forbidden Games Pack

DiRECTORY NAME: ACS.Law.and.Davenport.Lyons.Games.Pack.Vol1.READNFO-WANKERS


Dream Pinball 3D (Topware Interactive) {PC}
Jewel Craft (Bigfish games) {PC}
D.N.A. (Bigfish games) {PC}
Test Drive Unlimited {PSP}
Dance Dance Revolution {iPod/iPhone}
Guitar Hero Mobile {Android/iPod/iPhone/J2ME/WebOS/WinMob}
Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2010 Mobile (Konomi) {iPod/iPhone/J2ME}
Edge (Mobigame) {iPod/iPhone}
365 Soliatire (Connect2Media) {J2ME}
Boulder Dash Rocks! (Magmic) {iPod/iPhone/J2ME/NDS}
Edge (Mobigame) {iPod/iPhone}
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon (Oasys) {J2ME}
Sid Meier's Pirates! {WinMob}
Crash Test Dummies (Pixalon Studios) {J2ME}
Sid Meier's Civilisation IV: Defenders of the gates (Oasys) {J2ME}
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: War of two cities (Oasys) {J2ME/WinMob}

{If you already have one of these releases (identical value) then point this torrent at the directory if you wish, the more sharing the better}
{Remember, there's a chance you could be sent a legal letter should ACS:Law still be in business when you download this, if they choose to target this release should it end up being shared via BitTorrent.  If you are outside of the UK, you will be not be targeted.  If you are using a privacy service, you will not be targeted.  If you recieve a letter then there is plenty of advice out there for you on the web; you don't have to pay a thing.  That said - download at your own risk.}


...and now we present you a games pack which ACS:Law and Davenport Lyons don't want you playing!  Thanks to Slyck forums & BeingThreatened for compiling lists to help this happen.  This is the follow up to our 'Forbidden Music Pack' - ACS.Law.Forbidden.Music.Pack.READNFO-WANKERS which you can get hold of at (thanks ACS:News)

As many of these games are 'mobile' versions and therefore multi-platform it's been hard finding out exactly which versions were being targeted by ACS:Law and Davenport Lyons.  So, we released the lot to be absolutely sure.

Unlike the music pack, some of this stuff was actually a little more difficult to get hold of but nothing someone with access to a 56k modem and Google couldn't accomplish.  Hopefully this more obscure stuff will get spread a little further now, similar to the semi-unknown titles in the music pack.

We have left out some big popular titles here, i.e. Call of Juarez, Colin McCrae Dirt and Two Worlds due to bandwidth/time issues.  We might include these in Vol2 but if you want to get hold of these games, just do the following:

Call of Juarez {PC}: Google 'Call.Of.Juarez.Bound.In.Blood-Razor1911' or search for 'Call.Of.Juarez.Bound.In.Blood-Razor1911' on your favourite torrent site.
Colin McCrae Dirt {PC}: Google 'Colin.McRae.DiRT-RELOADED' or search for 'Colin.McRae.DiRT-RELOADED' on your favourite torrent site.
Two Worlds {PC}: Google 'Two_Worlds-Razor1911' or search for 'Two_Worlds-Razor1911' on your favourite torrent site.

That was difficult, huh?  Way to lock down the Internet, ACS:Law!

There may be the odd obscure version of the mobile stuff missing but WANKERS unfortunately doesn't have access to every mobile device to test these releases.  If we've missed anything that people are getting harassed over then post on Slyck ( or in the comments section on ACS:News (, we read both these sources.  We'll do our best to provide them in a Vol2 release.

Why has this been created?  As before...

One; to prove how easily we at WANKERS could acquire these files.  Do you think it took us hours of trouble?  No, it was point and click business as usual, something anyone with an Internet connection can achieve.

Two; To show ACS:Law, Davenport Lyons and other such firms, agencies and corporations alike that we WILL NOT STOP SHARING despite your 'terror and fear' tactics and your attempts to manipulate politics and the law.

Three; To show artists that employing the likes of ACS:Law is completely detrimental and pointless.  You're throwing money at something you cannot stop, despite what ACS:Law might say to convince you otherwise.  Embrace sharing - be thrilled that so many people are able to access, share and enjoy your creation without any strings attached.

Four; Because we can and always will be able to.

So, P2Pers, go ahead -- download and share this with everyone.  Keep sharing and don't allow yourself to be bullied by the likes of Andrew Crossley, ACS:Law, Davenport Lyons and other such Anti-P2P organizations.  We are the future. "

As usual, we at ACS:News are able to provide you with up-to-the-minute links to the situation.  You can download and share the pack via BitTorrent from any of the following:
Mirror 1 | Mirror 2 | Mirror 3 | Mirror 4 | Mirror 5 |