…And guess what? It’s – you did guess it – Congress itself:
Still, it turns out that digital copies of pirated movies and TV shows aren’t just the subject of committee debates on Capitol Hill—they’re also being downloaded onto Capitol Hill computers. A post today in US News & World Report’s tech blog published new information from anti-piracy forensics companyScanEye, a company that offers BitTorrent monitoring services in the name of fighting piracy. The ScanEye report [PDF] shows apparently pirated movie files being downloaded via IP addresses associated with the US House of Representatives.
Congressional employees downloaded episodes of Glee, CSI, Dexter, and HomeandAway in October and early November. There are more TV episodes downloaded than movies, but the report also shows downloads of films, such as Iron Sky, which was downloaded by a Congress-owned computer on Oct. 4; Life of Pi, downloaded on Oct. 27; and the Dark Knight Rises, downloaded on Oct. 25. Another download listed is Bad Santa 2, a movie which has not been released yet.
There’s no way of knowing, of course, whether any downloads were done by actual lawmakers, or just by their aides and staff. It isn’t the first time a report has been released accusing Congress’ computers of aiding in illegal downloads though. During the height of the SOPA debate in late 2011, BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak catalogued a variety of content it alleged was downloaded by Congress. That report left off the accused IP addresses and also noted downloads of books and of copyrighted software like Windows 7.
Can’t say that we’re surprised. But we’re trying to remain relatively speechless because if we were to let it all out, this is what our rant would be like:
!@#$ @^%$! $#%@ @$#! !@#$ @^%$! $#%@ @$#! !@#$ @^%$! $#%@ @$#! !@#$ @^%$! $#%@ @$#! !@#$ @^%$! $#%@ @$#! etc., etc., etc.!