The triple-super-secret long-advance torrent site OINK.CD -- perhaps the most advanced music-sharing community since Napster, and certainly the most guarded -- was raided this morning by Dutch and British police following what authorities described as a two-year investigation centered in Amsterdam and Middlesbrough. An unidentified 24-year-old man was arrested. One British website said the investigation was abetted by Interpol, who, by the way, we never liked. The BBC says the Cleveland Police were also involved, which is another reason we're glad we beat the fucking Indians. Don't bother googling for a site cache: it's gone.
On the message boards, one poster summed up the site's status in a single word: "bacon."
Whether this will be another Bay of Pirates or a full-stop shutdown remains to be seen. We mean good lord, man, where are P-Fork readers supposed to go after reading this?
Unlike most file-sharing communities, Oink was far from anonymous. The site kept -- and was in fact built around -- meticulous records of who uploaded and downloaded what to whom (with users required to maintain an average ratio of downloaded to uploaded material) and many usernames were apparently tied to IP addresses, and in some cases PayPal or credit-card accounts. In fact, as we often mentioned, if you were an international law enforcement agency or a record company spook seeking to create the world's greatest filesharing entrapment scheme, you probably couldn't have done much better than Oink. Let the conspiracy theories begin.