reveals internet pirates at Sony, Fox and U.S. anti-piracy organisations

Officially Sony, Fox, Universal, the Department of Homeland Security and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are all against illegally downloaded films and music – but they’re now red-faced at the revelation that some of their staff members have been downloading copyrighted material through the BitTorrent file-sharing site.

The revelation comes courtesy of recently launched website, which reveals the files individual computers have been downloading, and research from TorrentFreak.

It used the new site’s search facility to show that pirating is going on even in the very organisations that are fighting it.

Revealed: can tell you who's been pirating files

Revealed: can tell you who's been pirating files

It even found evidence of illegal file sharing taking place in the palace of French President Nicholas Sarkozy.

It was able to find this out because allows users to see what other people have been downloading via an IP address search – a computer’s ‘signature’ – or by looking for a filename and seeing which computers have been downloading it.

TorrentFreak writes: ‘After carefully checking all the IP-addresses of the RIAA we found six unique addresses from where copyrighted material was shared.

Caught in the web: TorrentFreak's evidence of illegal downloads taking place at the RIAA

Caught in the web: TorrentFreak's evidence of illegal downloads taking place at the RIAA

‘Aside from recent music albums from Jay-Z and Kanye West – which may have been downloaded for research purposes – RIAA staff also pirated the first five seasons of Dexter, an episode of Law and Order SVU, and a pirated audio converter and MP3 tagger.’

It adds that it also found 900 unique IP-addresses at the Department of Homeland Security that were used for downloading illegal files, and reported earlier in the week that it had discovered pirates at Fox, Universal and Sony.

Youhavedownloaded claims to have downloading data on 55million BitTorrent users around the world, which is probably a fraction of the total and it’s far from the only file-sharing site.

But it is clearly still enough to demonstrate that illegal downloading is taking place where you'd least expect it.

It lists the top five countries for illegal downloading as China, the U.S. Spain, the UK and finally Taiwan.

Altogether, the users in its database have downloaded over two million files, taking up 115 terabytes of disk space.

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