Los Angeles – Police in as many as 14 European countries
launched a coordinated series of raids on suspected file-sharing network
operations on Tuesday, according to published reports. Belgian authorities
reportedly spearheaded an investigation that led to the raids against companies
including Sweden’s PRQ — the new Web host of whistleblower site WikiLeaks
— but Swedish prosecutor Frederick Ingblad confirmed for the local
that WikiLeaks was not   a target of
the operation.

TorrentFreak reports that the raids targeted sites in The
Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Hungary
and Sweden.

The believed target of the raids is the file-sharing
"Scene," a loosely-affiliated group thought to be behind many initial
leaks of copyrighted material to the Internet.


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