ACS:Law Anti-Piracy Law Firm Torn Apart By Leaked Emails

Written by enigmax on September 25, 2010 

Earlier this week, anti-piracy lawyers ACS:Law had their website taken down by a 4chan DDoS attack. Adding insult to injury, owner Andrew Crossley was harassed at home in the middle of the night by prank phone calls. Now, through a fault with his website, hundreds of megabytes of private emails have been exposed to the public and uploaded to The Pirate Bay. To those hoping that this is a MediaDefender-type fiasco all over again, trust us – it is.

After coordinating DDoS attacks against the MPAA, RIAA and anti-piracy company AiPlex Software this week, 4chan turned to a new target.

Anti-piracy lawyers ACS:Law, who send out tens of thousands of letters demanding cash-settlements from often innocent Internet subscribers, became the new target. The company, which is headed up by lone principal Andrew Crossley, is widely hated among file-sharers and innocents alike and with 4chan’s Operation Payback now in full swing, payback is the operative word.

After prank telephone calling Crossley in the middle of the night during the week, it now seems that 4chan are aiming to tear his professional life apart, as they have obtained and are distributing a 350mb file of the company’s website which includes countless company emails.

So how were they obtained?

“Their site came back online [after the DDoS attack] – and on their frontpage was accidentally a backup file of the whole website (default directory listing, their site was empty), including emails and passwords,” a leader of the attacking group told TorrentFreak. “The email contains billing passwords and some information that ACS:Law is having financial problems.”

Financial problems? Interesting. Many tens of thousands of people who received letters from ACS:Law are also experiencing the same problem, having already paid up several hundred pounds each to make non-existent lawsuits go away.

“We’re still sorting through it. There’s a lot of stuff here to go through. But, basically, we were told we were less important than a 10 minute late train, or a queue for coffee by Andrew,” the attackers’ spokesman told us, adding:

“Payback is a bitch, isn’t it Andrew?”

The file is currently seeding on The Pirate Bay but most leechers are stuck with less than 60%. It is, however, available publicly on the web already. We have managed to secure one of those copies and are examining it now.

A little taster from emails read so far:

- ACS:Law and USCG (of Hurt Locker fame) appear to be cooperating
- Crossley boasts that his retained lawyer “literally wrote the SRA rules!”
- Crossley accuses Which? of ‘defamation’ and articles designed to “demean” and “denigrate”
- Crossley gives veiled warnings to Which? that he could sue them for libel
- Internal documents reveal intentions to take down
- Email from ACS:Law client which states the following:


Thank you for your email.

Our client remains concerned over the accuracy of the data that you provide and the methods used to obtain such data. It has been closely monitoring the recent press that your Firm has attracted regarding complaints to Which, in relation to demand letters that have incorrectly been sent to innocent internet subscribers, accused of copyright infringement. Your letter of 30 October 2009 was not satisfactory, in that it did not fully deal with the concerns raised in our letter of 21 July 2009, save as to state that you and your client disagree. Clearly there are flaws in your data gathering process. These are important and valid concerns that need to be satisfactorily addressed, so as to protect the rights of our client and innocent customers.

- Crossley brags about his financial status:

Spent much of the weekend looking for a new car. Finances are much better so can put £20-30k down. May go for a Lambo or Ferrari. I am so predictable!

(later emails reveal he bought a Jeep Compass 2.4CVT)

- Email evidence that ACS:Law deliberately does not target two UK ISPs, TalkTalk and Virgin Media
- Crossley writes to monitoring company NG3Sys and says the following:

You are going to receive on average about £1,000.00 per 150 letters sent. This can be seen from the first tiny batch. Because we have good quality product being monitored and captures are high on the data we have, when the letters get sent out the figures therefore equate as follows:-

Phase 1: 2,500 letters, estimated revenue to you: £16,666.00
Phase 2: est. 4,000 letters, estimated revenue to: £26,666.00
Phase 3: est. 18,000 letters, estimated revenue to you: £120,000.00
That is data collated to date! I have more titles to give you, more data will be captured.

Please stay with this.

After falling out with NG3Sys, ACS:Law sent this out to other potential monitoring companies:

Dear Sirs,

I own and operate the most prominent law firm in the UK that carries out file sharing litigation. We are one of only two law firms in the UK currently carrying out this work.

We have a number of copyright clients and we have one client in particular,with a large number of copyright titles that have been collecting good numbrs of IP addresses. We have two phases run through and the latest phase has been collecting circa 20,000 IP addresses a month for UK alone. Germany also is gathering good figures.

Our current UK-based data monitoring company has let us down and we need to find another monitoring company to supply our IP data from now. There are currently 300 titles (all adult film titles – all legal and UK certificated) that were being actively monitored.

If you are interested in monitoring for us and to do so quickly, please let us know and we can talk further. We will be able to supply much more data if this works and would like to push the data into Germany also.

We are proposing to pay 10% of net revenues (after ISP costs and postage costs of letter=) to the data monitoring company. On current figures that equates to circa £8,800.00 (€9,750.00) to the monitoring company per 1,000 letters sent. Our next phase we anticipate 10,000 letters to be sent in the UK alone. These are estimates only, but based on current collections are accurate.

I look forward to hearing from you.

- Series of highly abusive emails from Crossley to his ex-wife, where in part he tells her to “Fuck off and keep out of my life” and accuses her of being with a “drug addled hermit”.

- Crossley tells his assistant Terence Tsang to “be more discreet with this stuff” when referring to our article where we revealed ACS:Law looked to buy anti-piracy tracking software on the cheap.

Of course, as with our coverage of the MediaDefender leaked emails back in 2007, TorrentFreak’s coverage of this debacle will be extensive.



298 Responses (Add yours or TrackBack)

1 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:01 by Hickster

Excellent Article, sometimes arrogance can hit the skids. Still why is their such a queue at Starbucks, I have a train to catch!

2 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:03 by anon

lol dont they test shit before they make it public? they deserve what they get.

3 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:04 by ilikelamb

the morning news just put a smile on my dial…1st

4 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:05 by ilikelamb

dam…oh well still

5 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:06 by init


Gotta love it when karma turns round and bites these people in the ass…exposed to the world for the greedy, lame ass nob jockeys these people really are =)

6 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:07 by happy face.

Hahaha You dont f*** with 4chan, 4chan f*** with you lmao

7 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:09 by Anon

Lmao this is brilliant, thank you to our /b/ros at 4chan

8 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:09 by Orion

Payback is a bitch

9 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:10 by Anonymous Poster

This is why you don’t piss off people who know how to fuck around with the Internet at large.

10 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:11 by alexander

now this is what I call real payback

good job

11 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:11 by Anonymous

12 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:12 by Dimagus

All of these revelations would not have come about if 4chan didn’t DDoS their site and their admin wasn’t a retard. For better or for worse, we must thank each party for allowing such information into the wild.

13 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:13 by Anon

LOL they’re scared of getting sued back by TalkTalk and Virgin Media xD

14 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:14 by a guy

SO HAPPY! this is such a win and a moral booster

15 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:15 by Anonymous

PAYBACK! woooot

16 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:18 by HelpDDos

@6 this wasn’t all 4chan, alot of people who are involved in this dont even use 4chan at all!

17 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:21 by P2P Filesharing since 1999

You have GOT to read these emails everyone. I’m not kidding – look out for employees leaving due to the investigations by the SRA.

Look at Andrew bragging.

Look at the professionals losing their cool at him.

Look at their financial predictions.

Look at the plain text passwords to their online accounts.

Look for the fact he purchased fucking Ke$ha – TiK ToK on iTunes.


18 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:21 by Nob Jockey

I must complain in the strongest terms about being compared to such scum as this Crossley character.

19 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:23 by ABC123

i dont think many of the anon’s involved are 4channers – it just happens that the ‘anonymous’ nickname originates from there, at least on line

ive been doing my part and i couldnt give a fuck about 4chan, im all about freedom to share

awesome leak

20 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:28 by Anonymous

Oh wow, this is golden.

21 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:30 by The United Hackers Association

think about sending it too wikileaks

22 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:33 by rofler


23 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:36 by timxmoby

this is taking (the emails) forever to get, but i can’t wait to open it!

24 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:37 by Anonymous

Hello, Skeptics.
You claimed that DDoSing would do nothing, be ineffective… It was the key element to this success.

Legion; Lulz; Epic; yadda yadda.

25 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:40 by Snapek

And as per #56, SuddenLink has all but ignored my subsequent responses ;

“I might add, that your lack of response to my previous reply is
heavily indicative of your corporate and business policy as a whole.

If whichever customer service monkey who read my previous response did
not feel the need to reply and disarm my previous response… well,
boo on you.

Normally most Customer Service Management would tell the CSR to reply
with a vague an generic ‘I am forwarding this to my
manager/supervisor…. I apologize for your concerns… I’m so sorry
you are upset by…”.

Instead, SuddenLink Customer Service chose to disregard my response.
Such a shame….

The previous two replies were recieved within single-digits of their
being sent… yet the most recent has all but been ignored. At the
very least I’d expect a ‘I’ve passed this along the my Supervisor, and
I apologize for the concerns you have…..”.

Instead I get…… silence.

Way to go Suddenlink. Lack of response really helps confirms the
suspicions of the many hundreds-of-thousands of readers that have. Your lack of response, and unwillingness to
communicate on the subject are only reinforcing the common perception
that most Internet Denizens have of your company (and the average USA
ISP) at this point.

26 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:42 by Snapek

ooops – previous response was meant for another article.

27 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:45 by another anon

gee isn’t it great to bring people together for a cause

28 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:49 by From TPB

Someone posted this in the comments section of the torrent…


To all fellow pirates sharing this torrent, please do your part to get back at ACS:LAW and have fun, too!

1. Thumbs up / add a definition for ACS:Law at Urbandictionary:

2. Educate anyone being bullied with Andrew Crossley’s legal letters by linking them to:

3. Consider joining in on the current DDoS operation to drum up more media attention:

4. Post news of this torrent and the truth about the ACS:LAW scam on your blog, twitter, website, social networking site, whereever you can.


Excellent work everyone!

29 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:51 by Anonymous

Crossley admits in the mails that he’s running a scam company.
Does the law function in the UK?

Moron should be arrested for extortion/scam/fraud etc.. etc…
and mass-sued by the victims too!

Mr. Attack Leader and parties:
Major Congrats on exposing the assclown :D

30 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:52 by GrX

anyone got his address?

31 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:55 by ddl'ing

This may just be the most entertaining thing that anyone downloads this year.

32 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:56 by 4_teh_lulz

Epic win. Epic lulz. For great justice.

33 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:56 by Kaptain Krunch

LOL! Going to P2P now to see what this MF been up to.

34 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:59 by Popcorn

Popcorn time :P

35 Sep 25, 2010 at 02:59 by GrX

hope someone’s contacted slyck and being threatened website about this :D

if he wanted to take the site down because someone called him a wanker on their forums lol god help the guy now all this has been leaked

if i was him after all this got into the big media i’d do the honorable thing and top myself.

here’s hoping

36 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:02 by UNF

Thanks to Immortal Hax0r Her0es, Little Andy’s scheme for legalised robbery has really hit the buffers — watch as any remaining clients quickly desert the doomed scamster and the Liquidators sharpen their claws to ravage ACS:Law’s sorry ass into oblivion.

As the old saying goes, it couldn’t happen to a nicer class of basturd, ho ho “;0)

37 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:05 by ahem

In the words of Elaine from Seinfeld:

“You’re through, Soup Nazi. No more soup for you. NEXT!!!!!”

38 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:12 by Anonymous

Way to go 4chan! Let this be lesson #2 to all lawyers considering trolling. You will be fucked.

39 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:13 by Kaptain Krunch

I hope something incriminating is found in his email.

40 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:13 by Nope.AVI

Sounds awesome.
lol’d at @17 for “Look for the fact he purchased fucking Ke$ha – TiK ToK on iTunes.”

41 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:16 by Anonymous

4chan does not always succeed in a first assault but when they are after you you are screwed.

Now Davenport Lyon turn this weekend once the army of Ddosers is big enough.

42 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:16 by Holly

Finally some good news once in a while.

43 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:19 by UNF

TPB is right now seeding this shit @ > 2MB/s — looks like a large crowd of blood-thirsty spectators are anxious to see the fur and fat flayed from Mr Shyster.

Must seed forever!

44 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:20 by vbr


45 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:25 by Anonymous

Prank calls:

46 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:29 by Anonymous

Guys one thing is certain: DO NOT PISS OFF 4CHAN.

47 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:31 by Dominic

Can that nice BT central plus 100% seeder stay please <3


48 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:35 by lmfao

lmfao it couldn’t happen to a nicer person , suck it up crossley you knob.

49 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:36 by Miz'

Now this is a good start,,
the next law firm will think twice before trying to use this scam

50 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:37 by Patryk

Yeah, the btcentral guy is doing awesome work!

It’s also awesome seeing europe seeding at this hour :P (03:35)

51 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:38 by Dominic

I’m nearly at 100% myself (:

52 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:39 by Anonymous

Finally some good news!

Great work to all who were involved in this and great reporting, TF.

Hopefully from all of this we can learn more about how these types of companies are operating today and what disgusting tactics they’re using.

I just worry that they may target you guys at TF for covering this (be careful – these guys resort to horrible stuff when they have to).
They kept trying to take down slyck and some users there after all.

53 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:40 by Anonamoose

There are good reasons they do not go after TalkTalk or Virgin customers.

They will be told to f*ck off.

TalkTalk’s boss especially dosn’t like people trying to attack his customers, ACS would have been sued out of existance a long time ago if they had tried.

Keep up the good work 4Chan!

54 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:43 by Dominic

Virgin can afford to take BskyB to court over channels, they can afford to take some asswipe to court over some pr0n.

But seriously, this seeding lark is like a snake, there’s 2 BT 100% seeders, 1 of which keeps deciding to just dissapear periodically

55 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:43 by hmm

cool stuff Andrew Crossley now you no what it fills like too be fucked over haaa dos on

56 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:46 by Anonymous

Awesome!! I will keep seeding it on my seedbox forever!

57 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:46 by Kaptain Krunch

@41 LMFAO. Me thinks the nitwit will get his phone number changed.

58 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:47 by hmm

what goes around comes around

59 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:55 by Dominic

Love how I increased my upload speed and suddenly everyone got 98.3% haha

60 Sep 25, 2010 at 03:56 by Dox

Those of you after his address, phone, etc.

Sure, why not,

61 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:01 by Kaptain Krunch

Can anyone verify to me that this is the link to the Pirate Bay?

62 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:06 by Dominic

Seeding till more people get 100%, then I’m off to bedsssssss

63 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:09 by ahem


Yeah thats it. There’s a link at the top of the page too.


After someone has a copy completed, can they drop it onto the newsgroups and let us know? I’ll seed it after its there.

64 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:11 by Larry

@55 Tasty goods right there. I think we all could put that info to good use.

65 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:16 by Chuck

@29 …

That’s not necessary.

66 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:21 by Kaptain Krunch

@60 FU!

67 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:21 by Antivirus

If your AV picks up any viruses upon download, it’s because your antivirus is picking up the virus attachments in the spam emails. Simply read only html/text – the large database torrent on TPB is untouched.


68 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:23 by Ninja

Major epic win here. I still think /b/ is bizarre but they went a tiny bit higher in my concept. Not the right or the politically correct way to get revenge but if you are rotten you deserve rotten stuff.

Things are getting more epic than ever! Will the “Anonymous” masses strike fear in the rotten hearts of MAFIAA?

Getting better and better!

69 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:27 by Anonymous

What’s the next target for the low orbit justice cannons?

70 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:27 by Matt

that ACS torrent is heavily seeded. I’m donating my 6mb/s upstream to seed that for the next 24 hours to help seed.

fuck acs law.

71 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:28 by Fuck FreedomVPN

In your faces you anti-piracy fuckbags

Ha haaa!

72 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:30 by p2p

This has little to do with 4chan…most everyone involved with this is a p2p user who wants to remain anonymous…it just so happens they then get tied to 4chan for doing so…these e-mails are unbelievable im going to be up reading all night!!

73 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:34 by Kaptain Krunch

If anyone is having a hard time downloading this file, I can tell you that Tixati got it for me within five minutes.

74 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:34 by Andrew Crossley is a WANKER

Hi, I’m a lawyer in the UK (criminal, not copyright!) who has had run ins with Andrew Crossley

Crossley’s arrogance and feeling of immunity to everyone else in this world shines through in these leaked mails.

He’s always been about his own selfish ego and will stop at NOTHING to line his own pockets. This is a man with no morals, surely as corrupt as they come.

He will attempt step on every thing and every one that stands in his way.

This is going to destroy this adult-bully and his law firm.

This could NOT have happened to a more deserving individual and company.

75 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:55 by mutt

is there an email client that can import this backup, looks like its from the courier mail server…

its annoying to read these with a text editer

76 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:56 by Forever sharing

Compare the actions of filesharers with that of ACS:Law.

What do we do? We share. We don’t discriminate. We leave no boundaries between us, no predjuices, we just wish to share our passions with as many people as possible; worldwide.
We’re a selfless, pioneering generation that gives as much as it takes. We’re pushing boundaries, opening up new ideas and creating networks where people from all over the globe can share together.

What does ACS:Law do? It threatens the above people into sending them hundreds of pounds, costs people sleep, causes anxiety, stress, attempts to stifle a free future.

BURN IN HELL ACS:LAW – You’re not needed in our future.

77 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:57 by Dustin Bean
78 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:03 by Hmm

Does any1 know what this is?

User name Paralegal4
Password P1ra423

79 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:04 by ZarathustrA

LOL! =)

80 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:06 by Anonymous

TL;DR Version:
Payback is a bitch.

81 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:11 by Anonymous

@ 68 Sep 25, 2010 at 04:55 by mutt

I wish I knew of a way, been going through about 100 mails now and my eyes hurt from skimming through all the junk code :p

82 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:12 by SableSlayer


Totally owned hahahahha!

great stuff torrentfreak keep it up!!!

83 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:16 by RzmmDX


This is just so hilarious. This needs to be on wikileaks.

84 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:18 by Kaptain Krunch

@ 71 Isn’t this an SSL site? LOL.

85 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:23 by Kane

BTW here are the Prank calls.

I’ll soon upload the coolest one :)

86 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:25 by Stevo the Devo

The Internet empire strikes back.

87 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:26 by FuzzyX

TorrentFreak is on fire with its news and burning down the web.

Most interesting news I read was that ACS:Law do not target Virgin Media users like me. I guess this is solely because VM refuses to cooperate.

Looking forwards to further discoveries and most keen on their agreements on no contest with ISPs.

88 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:34 by Anonymous

@68, 73

quick and dirty:

1) get a client (

2) get a file rename tool (windows) –

3) rename all files in the ‘cur’ folders so that they have a .eml extension and drag&drop them into thunderbird.

you can make seperate folders for each email account.

4) enjoy

89 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:37 by Anonymous

@80 update: oh, and yes, attachments work too

90 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:47 by Anonymous

@ 80 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:34 by Anonymous

Very much appreciated, thanks!

91 Sep 25, 2010 at 05:57 by Anonymous


You are a gentleman and a scholar, good sir.

92 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:00 by Anonymous


93 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:10 by anon

your all so wrong. this is all 4chan and a few from tpb.

94 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:11 by BallsOMeat

So much win.

95 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:13 by Hannah

4chan’s /g/ just got his bank account info from one of the e-mails. This oughta be fun.

96 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:17 by Anonymous

I’m loling so very hard right about now.

97 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:21 by Peter

Destroy this guys life folks. Make him suicide! I hate people like this. Destroy him.

98 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:37 by Anonymous

Awesome face tiem.

99 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:39 by Demfan

Ha ha ha ha ha ha:)

100 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:46 by Anonymous

This effort is not all 4chan. This was/is done by anonymous and it will continue. Andrew will not be the last on our growing list.

101 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:47 by Anonymous

ROFL! this is hilarious!

102 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:52 by Anonymous

It has begun fellow netizens. If you value your internet freedoms it is time to become apart of this movement. These MAFIAA associations think they can trample on their own customers however they please. They are wrong and we are finally taking a stand. Get involved. Voice your anger and force them to make a change.

103 Sep 25, 2010 at 06:56 by Colin

This doesn’t need to go on Wikileaks, the guys have already got it out in the open. Somehow, I don’t think Andy boy will be going shopping for a Lambo THIS weekend ;-)

104 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:04 by anon

multiple bank account details w/cvv number, sort code etc confirmed, im not posting anything here. Crossly just destroyed the UK Data Protection Act, to begin with. Cant believe none of this shit was encrypted.

105 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:06 by anon

I just found this fantastic response to a demand for cash settlement:

“Dear Andrew J Crossley

Are you fucking stupid. Who the fuck do you think you are sending me a letter asking me to give you money like you’re a charity.

You ain’t fucking Oxfam.

Go fuck your mum you stupid pakistani black jew. You zimbabwean immigrant.

So listen up fat fuck, don’t send me another letter. If you do send me
another fucking letter, I will rape your mum against the wall and I will blow up your house and kill you all in a terrorist attack.

In addition, I want a £3500 cheque written to me for the inconvinience you have caused me.

*If you do not reply to this email with a confirmation that you will pay me, I will hunt you down and stab you in the back and blow your dick up.*”


106 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:06 by Anonymous

Someone submit this to WikiLeaks.. NOW!

107 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:14 by General Snus

Per the articles instructions, I’ve checked back every few minutes… for the last hour. Nothing has changed. At least they could change the part that says to check back every few minutes….

108 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:24 by mutt

there are ful credit-card details up on /g already.

109 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:24 by Celery

These people are absolutely crooked, so this is wonderful.

110 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:28 by Anon101

@ 105, Wikileaks has them.

111 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:43 by SL

Nice to know hes a complete twat in his personal life too. I hope he gets destroyed. Just how hes trying to destroy innocent peoples lives.

112 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:44 by Anonymous

@97 It would be good if this lawyer went to jail and gets ars raped five times a week by some big black fagggg.

113 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:46 by zing

LOTS of passwords in there. Digiprotect in particular.

114 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:46 by Kibbles & Bits

@97 It would be satisfaction if this lawyer is sent to jail and ars raped five times a week by some big blak fag!

115 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:50 by RippOff

Remember the line “….greed is good.”
It is sad to realize that there are people who get so scared and shaken upon receiving one of those letters that they just pay off in a rush! What would those dogs do if nobody paid up? Take 20,000 people to court?
I think not.
In any case, I am glad their dirty laundry–and their reputations and careers–are being thrashed all over the internet.

116 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:56 by Anonymous

This is priceless…truly priceless

117 Sep 25, 2010 at 07:59 by ctman

I wonder how much buisness these twats will get after showing the world how inept they are at managing their own house.

118 Sep 25, 2010 at 08:02 by Anonymous

Andrew Crossley’s career is over after this – he will not be able to work in law again. Also judging by some of the material, I would be very surprised if he is not disbarred and maybe even prosecuted under extortion laws.

Can’t wait to read the rest.

119 Sep 25, 2010 at 08:07 by Anonymous

I will be the first one to ask this… the hell do you open up these files?

120 Sep 25, 2010 at 08:12 by Bjorn

You guys are great! Keep up the great work.


121 Sep 25, 2010 at 08:22 by Anonymous

@35 I did, I posted on their article

122 Sep 25, 2010 at 08:26 by Anonymous

mirror everywhere


123 Sep 25, 2010 at 08:34 by Anonymous

Best news I’ve herd all week!

124 Sep 25, 2010 at 08:43 by Aredt

Loving it. My respect for 4Chan has gone up. Living on extortion money is bad. Hope they sink & sink bad.

125 Sep 25, 2010 at 08:49 by mickey

Possibly the screw up of the year, possibly.

126 Sep 25, 2010 at 09:15 by About effen Time

Let’s hope Andrew Crossley has to suck coxs to earn a living for the rest of his life.

127 Sep 25, 2010 at 09:23 by Karvamakkara

@118, read #88

128 Sep 25, 2010 at 09:27 by lee

At least it isn’t acts of terrorism like bank baer and the prq kiddies…

129 Sep 25, 2010 at 09:27 by Nate

“All should have the right to listen to that beat, experience that twist in a plot, or learn from those massive volumes of literature now made available.”


130 Sep 25, 2010 at 09:30 by socram8888

I’m one of the discovered that file and their emails. There are over 3100 e-mail messages in /mail/ folder

131 Sep 25, 2010 at 09:30 by Revii

This guy is an arrogant bastard. Here’s a quote from one of the emails he sent out.

“Fortunately I am not an accountant, true. But I am a genius and everything I do is brilliant. You must understand that!”

The bastard deserves to be burned for being so arrogant.

132 Sep 25, 2010 at 09:31 by F.U.

Wanted. Andrew Crossley to wipe my shitty ass whenever I take a runny crap.

133 Sep 25, 2010 at 09:39 by Abbot

He also has terrible taste in cars, the Jeep Compass 2.4CVT does 20 miles to the gallon, has a terrible whiney geabox and handles like a barge. They only sold about 300 in the UK then Jeep dumped it after a year. He probably got it as they were heavily discounting them at the end, so more evidence his finances are not that good.

134 Sep 25, 2010 at 09:47 by Anonymous

Erm – I thought microsoft licences were not transferable? ACS-LAW need reporting to Microsoft? See below:


I have had to transfer my office licence over to Nikki’s PC so that she may use ACT properly to generate template responses.

May I go ahead and order an office licence for my PC?? (£109.99)



Jonathan Miller

135 Sep 25, 2010 at 10:10 by Ralonto

Go Ebaums!

136 Sep 25, 2010 at 10:17 by asc-none

OMG! there are full xls database with peeps names and addresses of sky customers in one of j.millers emails!thats Got to breach data protection!

137 Sep 25, 2010 at 10:18 by Anon.

Anyone wanting to read these more easily – have a look at Aid4Mail – it will convert to PST. I am now reading in Outlook!

Search for “Fookes Aid4Mail v1.973 (Enterprise)” and d/l from Mirror 1 :)

138 Sep 25, 2010 at 10:19 by Little Billy Bob

Hi! I am 12 years old and I am very grateful for 4chan. These money hungry lawyers are taking my mom to court because she downloaded a television show because we can’t afford a TV. Thank you 4chan for caring for us poor.

139 Sep 25, 2010 at 10:24 by DeathStalker

Would LOVE to see this same sort of thing happen with the M**A, R**A, BPI, etc! Record companies are no longer needed – more & more artists are discovering this. We *know* that the movie & record companies realize now that they can make more money from suing P2P users than by using their obsolete business model. If their own internal documents can be produced to prove this, then that can only hasten their demise.

Movies will *always* get made, and artists will *always* record (and artists recognize that the majority of their income is derived from their live performances anyway).

Once the genie has been released, you can’t stuff it back in the bottle.

140 Sep 25, 2010 at 10:33 by Zush

In 4Chan we trust,
and rewards we receive.
Haters gonna hate,

141 Sep 25, 2010 at 10:36 by AN other

Well done all involved, these morons should have listened to their Physics lessons a little better:

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”

142 Sep 25, 2010 at 10:38 by Peter

What is this? I don’t even!

Check out the lovely personal photos of some stupid concert. Nice children.

143 Sep 25, 2010 at 10:54 by Anonymous

Remember when he said ‘Big Whoop’ about the ddos. Well BIG WHOOP!!

144 Sep 25, 2010 at 10:58 by FuzzyX

Certainly a bad day for Andrew Crossley and others at ACS:LAW.

I do have to ask one thing though of all people and to not make a bad day for other people.

What I mean is that these email logs contain HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL information of their victims.

For example see Mr Crossley’s email for date 20/08/2010 and email “BSkyB Data Disclosure – MediaCAT Phase 3″. This not only contains BSkyB’s customer details, of up to 5718 people (thankfully many are marked ‘unknown’), but these people are linked to the PORNOGRAPHIC TITLES they were alleged to have infringed.


145 Sep 25, 2010 at 10:58 by fufagit

finally 4chan’s trollers are put to some better use other than pre-pubescent girls on camsites.

146 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:03 by Anonymous

Just FYI, the phone number going around is a different Andrew Crossley – not even a lawyer

147 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:07 by MeepMeep

Epic ! Sue sue sue …

148 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:11 by Oh No!

This, all this, really made my day…


149 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:19 by Anonymous

Seems a clear admission of Monies by Menaces here:

Hi Andrew

I think pursuing individual infringers’ will “scare” them into paying up, more than what Lawdit or other representative would advise their client. However if our aim is to let some go all the way, pursuing solicitors may achieve this. As our aim is to pursue after 30 a month, we can mix and match with those represented and unrepresented.


150 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:19 by Baseball Bat

The most concerning thing I have read so far is that they like to see everyone as always guilty.

They then stated they will allow some exceptions and let these guilty people off if very poor, disabled, seriously ill, unaware who did it, and more.

Sounds nice right? BUT they are only doing this for PR reasons! Current bad publicity means they want to avoid bad cases hitting the news. A change in policy makes harass all prior.

They do exploit the weak, helpless and dumb though. Like one women DENIED any knowledge of infringement but due to their threats and harassment over months she decided to pay up because the stress was making her ill. I just cant see in such a “bully” case how they can take her £50 a month when she is too poor to pay it all at once.

Some people are foolish enough to admit their guilt. Confession of guilt is the worst thing possible to do.

151 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:25 by The Rust Belt

Why mentioning the e-mails to his wife? This is not good reporting when you mix private stuff into what should be an article about a company.

152 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:36 by Harry Bunsworth

My mother was targetted by ACS:Law for sharing something she hadn’t even heard of.

Hey, Andrew Crossley, you can BE SURE she’s sharing your email database as she called me this morning to say she was doing so.

Yeah, even our elders know you are SCUM Mr. Crossley.


153 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:39 by The Doctor

I see a class action law suit coming against ACS Law for providing freely (even if accidently) on their website the contact details, bank accounts, credit card info, etc etc all in breach of the Privacy Act. Some of this material is legally explosive and opens up some of the named to the very real risk of bank and credit card fraud.

If ACS hasn’t contacted all the people on these lists already to advise them that their financial details are compromised, then ACS Law will be totally screwed!

I think Andrew is having a very very bad weekend

154 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:41 by iKo

Oh god its gonna be fun

155 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:41 by wizz

Oh god its gonna be fun

156 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:45 by ED2K Cthulhu

Best Saturday morning news ever :)
Downloaded, seeding, laughing over my cup of tea.

157 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:49 by Anonymous

I get great pleasure in seeding this one. I hope he ends up a bum on the streets.

158 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:50 by Duke

@152 – Just for the record, there is no Privacy Act in the UK. In fact, there is no “privacy law” at all, other than what the common law thingamy of “breach of confidence” and Article 8 of the ECHR offer. Personally, I think both cover some of the emails, but not all – a tricky situation legally.

On an unrelated note, PPUK have commented on it on their site –

159 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:51 by XorbiT

this is great stuff also would love “LOVE” now to see this p**ck exposed to the public in our country (uk) making front headlines in the newspapers..wanna give a big welldone everyone invloved BIG UPS! to you all and TF for reporting and keeping us all up2 date with the storys etc

160 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:52 by Anonymous

Had to laugh at this one:

Subject: Re: Reference NW0706 – ACS Law Solicitors – WTN Attached

I will be making an official complaint without doubt. It is a scandal what has been forced upon me for a single cardboard box that I was not responsble for placing outside in the first place.

I am utterly appalled at how I have been treated like a criminal.

161 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:57 by Response to Mr Crossley

From reading his e-mails he believes his business is valid and he has the absolute right to protect his customer’s interests (the copyright owners).

While I wont agree or disagree with that claim then I will add that the major problem with ACS:Law is the threats, intimidation, harassment and his clear goal of maximum financial return.

People admitting guilt is one thing, some need further investigation, but harassment of the innocent until they almost have a nervous breakdown is a touch extreme.

This leak is sure to put Mr Crossley out of business. I can only say goodbye to bad rubbish.

162 Sep 25, 2010 at 11:59 by Anonymous

data protection act baby

163 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:06 by daniel

Has anyone sent this info on to uk law firms ? This is something that can be used against them in court we need major press on this one im going to contact the major papers in the UK

164 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:09 by T.H.E. S.W.A.R.M.


told ya lol

165 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:12 by The legal bit.

From my understanding of the law concerning this matter then ACS:Law now has to issue a public statement to say their security has been compromised and a summary of what confidential information was exposed.

They then have to contact all the people who had their private data exposed to apologize and to explain the situation to them.

If people start knocking on their doors, doing phone calls, and sending them letters then ACS:Law has the responsibility to explain why and to admit their guilt.

166 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:16 by Bjorn

I have been sending the story to many news agencies so as many victums as possible are notified that their confidential information has been exposed by ACS Law.

Put this criminal out of bussiness!!

167 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:23 by Whatever

Need to read comments later (so someone might have mentioned it already):

Anyone saying that a DDOS doesn’t work or works against “the cause” should now be very ashamed. It is surely caused by this attack from the 4chan people.

Funny it didn’t even take 2 weeks to harm the lawfirm. If they’re in financial problems then the way to get it out of business quickly is for everyone who received a letter to not only refuse paying but keep them busy too. Sending back letters with: “Don’t know what you’re talking about, can you please explain what you mean ?” or something like that.

168 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:23 by random anon – new sorted version – non-torrent dl link.

Enjoy, TF! We made this for you!

169 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:25 by Anon

@150 ‘They then stated they will allow some exceptions and let these guilty people off if very poor, disabled, seriously ill, unaware who did it, and more.’

Id take that with a pinch of salt. Im disabled and something they would have worked out as they were addressing the letters to me at a residential care home

170 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:27 by .

Email Congress to Stop Unauthorized Music on the Web


171 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:37 by TerribleTony

Oh my. I’m sure he’ll be queuing for a lot of coffee today!

172 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:38 by The Doctor

@ 157, sorry you are correct, it is called the data protection act in the UK.

Various links to the UK data protection acts

1. Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and, in particular, shall not be processed unless –

(a) at least one of the conditions in Schedule 2 is met, and

(b) in the case of sensitive personal data, at least one of the conditions in Schedule 3 is also met.

2. Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes.

3. Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for which they are processed.

4. Personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.

5. Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

6. Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under this Act.

7. Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.

8. Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.

If an individual suffers damage because you have breached the Act, they are entitled to claim compensation from you. This right can only be enforced through the courts. The Act allows you to defend a claim for compensation on the basis that you took all reasonable care in the circumstances to avoid the breach.

A customer of an internet mail order company has been the subject of a security breach. All his information, including his credit card details, was freely available on the internet for almost 24 hours before the site was taken down. He has had to freeze his credit card account and is worried that he will be a victim of identity fraud.

He does not trust the company not to do this again. They had been the cause of a previous security breach, and at that time he had asked to have his details removed from their customer list. He asks the court to award him compensation. The court may do so if the individual can show that he has suffered financial loss because of the breach of the Act.

173 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:40 by FuzzyX

To #166

The DDoS attack I disapprove of when it brings bad light to our cause. The accidental data release is much welcomed to expose their shameful ways.

I will admit that one did cause the other but the end does not justify the means. This is not proof that DDoS attacks produce good results when most often they don’t.

174 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:42 by RouteDog

just read PPUK’s press release and they took the high road on this one
take a look @ it here
to the poster of that thanks

175 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:48 by Anonymous

^^Nah. This is THE proof that ddos produce good results when pointed to assclowns.

176 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:51 by

LMAO, epic win….

Hey Andrew….are you sleeping through this one???

177 Sep 25, 2010 at 12:53 by The Doctor

One more link to data security that the likes of ACS should have followed.

178 Sep 25, 2010 at 13:00 by a123

Hi, I received one of these letters, what should I do?

179 Sep 25, 2010 at 13:08 by The Doctor


Ignore it.

180 Sep 25, 2010 at 13:09 by random anon

Everything mentioned up in #167 is a sorted version of the archive.

Beware, it is all still intact, spam and all. USE COMMON SENSE WHEN HANDLING THESE ARCHIVES! READ TEXT ONLY.

181 Sep 25, 2010 at 13:17 by Anonymous

Just fyi, this is available on i2p now ( – anonymous darknet)


182 Sep 25, 2010 at 13:24 by Thinker

Several UK broadband internet providers, including PlusNet , BT , O2 ( Be Broadband ) and Sky Broadband , were in court (London) at 2:30pm on Monday as part of attempts to combat an “illegal” copyright file sharing (P2P / BitTorrent) related Norwich Pharmacal Order (NPO), which had been brought by media lawyers Gallant Macmillan on behalf of the Ministry of Sound (‘Ministry of Sound Recordings Ltd v Plusnet Plc’). Surprisingly they had some success.

Gallant Millan for Ion Cannon up the ass anybody?

183 Sep 25, 2010 at 13:42 by Data Protection Act = JOKE

This just makes a complete mockery of the Data Protection Act. I really hope ACS Law are prosecuted for the disgraceful way they keep confidential information “secure”.

When done Anonymous for exposing this, big win and big respect!!

184 Sep 25, 2010 at 13:52 by ABCD

Has anyone gone about the process of collecting IP origin addresses from all these emails? Haven’t had a chance to download from tPB to look for myself but it seems to me it would be a treasure trove of IPs for blocking software.

185 Sep 25, 2010 at 14:06 by Anonymous

Althou it’s good news indeed, is it just me or doesn’t this Andew fella fall into a “scape goat” category too perfectly…
Just wondering… still, he deserves everything thats coming to him…

186 Sep 25, 2010 at 14:18 by FuzzyX

It is nice to see this group at least has some standards and no one since has approved of TF’s mention of comments about his ex-wife.

I am sure most of us have been there at one time or another. While we may wish a relationship to end peacefully and for a friendship to be kept then sometimes that is not possible.

187 Sep 25, 2010 at 14:34 by Hanyok Anonymoose

This is the most excellent news. I’m the admin for a 5000 node network. Unfortunately it is a school corp and we have very limited bandwidth. Some time ago and ACS-like firm contacted my provider via e-mail claiming one of our IPs had people pirating movies. Impossible. I just about found myself in the trap. The best way to combat these people is to ignore them. My provider contacted me and I assured them this was a fraud and to deny them any information. They did and they threat withered.

These crooked outfits deserve only punishment.

188 Sep 25, 2010 at 14:42 by Anon

Hi Andrew,

Your xTerm username is “andrew” and your password is/was “aCS-1″ if you haven’t changed it – which is unlikely. Jonathan has Supervisor privileges on xTerm already.

189 Sep 25, 2010 at 14:46 by your not getting paid

If this was available on the high street I would pay over the odds for it then download it free then rip it and re up it.

I wonder if he will represent himself in court? Seems like a confident enough chap!

190 Sep 25, 2010 at 14:48 by jlg

Just been going through the mails and Andrew seems to have won the LOTTO ! A massive 1.6 million euro no less. So maybe he’ll give it all up now.

191 Sep 25, 2010 at 14:51 by alexander

@all who claim that this report has private stuff that shouldn’t be exposed

it’s acs-law who exposed them in the first place, no one actually stole the database, it was public, that means that ANYONE could download the stuff without having to break into any computer system

they give, we take, nothing really wrong with that, blame andrew for being such a dumb ass.

192 Sep 25, 2010 at 14:55 by your not getting paid

I hope his web site is down for maintenance and will be available soon I cant wait to read what kind of spin he will put on this.

193 Sep 25, 2010 at 15:08 by dg100

Wow. Just… wow.

Found this in an email sent by someone called Brian Miller @ Virtually In House to Crossley, who forwarded to Tsang:

“Here is the document, if you have not already seen it. It’s an interesting read..
Maybe see you Friday.

Which means at least some of these guys are actually reading TorrentFreak! Isn’t that an interesting fact. I guess we now know roughly who Reasoned Mind and Neostyles are, assuming they’re not just trolls.

For anyone who doesn’t know, ACS is fully liable for this astonishing breach of the UK’s Data Protection Act – it’s their complete responsibility to keep their information secure, even in the event of an externally-induced malfunction.

By allowing it to leak, they have opened themselves up to prosecution and also for a swathe of actions covering everything from breaches of confidentiality and copyright to mass libel actions over the named parties accused of infringement – especially the ones accused of downloading gay porn.

I think it’s highly unlikely ACS or Crossley himself will be in business for very much longer.

But in the unlikely event you survive long enough to read this, Mr Crossley, I offer this thought, speaking as a content creator from a family of content creators: when you’re in a hole, stop digging.

Copyright was invented for a good reason: to keep the wolves from the impoverished artists’ doors.

What we have today, what you are doing in your law practise, has nothing – NOTHING WHATSOEVER – to do with that.

The times are changing whether any of us like it or not. All the creative arts are transitioning from unit-sales to service industries.

The nature of the internet makes this inherently unavoidable. It behooves us all to accept this necessary change with good grace and do our best to keep going forward into the new world as smoothly as possible. Even those of us who happen to be lawyers.

It is not ethical or moral to take advantage of your clients’ fears to manufacture glorified extortion farms, or to prey upon defendants who cannot possibly fight back.

It is not ethical or moral to serve clients whom you *must* know are themselves using p2p to distribute their goods with the express intention of suing those who download.

It is not ethical or moral to give your legal service to companies who at every turn have gone out of their way to lie and cheat and strip away our consumer rights and protections, leaving us all with caveat emptor.

It’s not professional.

It’s not reasonable.

Mr Crossley, it’s just not right.

Please do yourself and the world a favour and stop this now.

194 Sep 25, 2010 at 15:24 by mmm

I hope he don’t suffer a heart attack after reading these comments

195 Sep 25, 2010 at 15:36 by Anonymous

For some reason TPB is down for me. I got the torrent from here.

Completes fast.

Also, get in here.

196 Sep 25, 2010 at 15:37 by Anonymous

Here it says that:”… A few hours later Andrew Crossley hanged himself.”

whats up?

197 Sep 25, 2010 at 15:41 by Black^

impressive torrent 6 MB/sec.


lol..its growing fast too

198 Sep 25, 2010 at 15:45 by DarkMatter

Kharma FTW!

199 Sep 25, 2010 at 15:46 by DarkMatter

@193: read: (Some people wish)

200 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:01 by Clark

Payback is a bitch. MediaDefender is dead, hopefully this will fuck ACS:Law too.

201 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:05 by Anonymous

Dear Andrew,

All your base are belong to us. Make your time.

Dear Anonymous,
Excellent work /b/rothers. This is for great justice of our internets.

202 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:07 by dan

Thank you Torrentfreak and the guys who ripped these emails. youve just done a great thing for us P2Pers.

This is a great day, another win for the pirates and a loss for corrupt assholes!

203 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:07 by haha

- Series of highly abusive emails from Crossley to his ex-wife, where in part he tells her to “Fuck off and keep out of my life” and accuses her of being with a “drug addled hermit”.

fuckin LOL .. L-O-L

204 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:09 by Flying Dutchman

This reminds me of mediadefender >:)
ooooh we will miss you….NOT!

205 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:10 by anons1

Just going through Andrews inbox, some very interesting stuff in there.

Including information about new people joining, their bank details, NI number etc, wage, address, contact details.

This company is finished

206 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:13 by mark

yes virginmedia ftw

207 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:14 by Andrew Crossley

Ive already made my money so if you think attacking my website and pirating my emails has ruined me, your wrong. I will be collecting your ip addresses from the torrent on the pirate bay and those of you will be sued!!!

You damn dirty pirates haven’t seen the last of me!!! (planet of the apes lol)

I’m not really Andrew Crossley but thats what i think hes thinking right now :) lol haha f**k him

208 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:15 by zuckerburg

“demanding cash-settlements from often innocent Internet subscribers” – enigmax

can you be any more biased?

without posting sources this site is conspiracy theory ramblings from a paranoid piracy supporter

209 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:16 by anons1234


I am worried about the latest developments. Apparently there are presently over 500 complaints against me thanks to the internet campaign and Which. Each complaint is essentially the same and they are borne out of a determination by some to stop legitimate steps bing taken to curtail illegal file sharing. However, I do not know how I can avoid being found guilty of something, with 500 complaints to choose from.

If I stop this work my business will fold and my clients will be big losers, but if I carry on I fear that it will be worse for me in the long run. Have you any view either way, as I have run out of ideas. Presently I feel defeated by it and feel I should shut up shop, which will cause me to go bankrupt for certain. Meanwhile, thanks to Which and their lawyer I doubt that the latest campaigns which we were out to run will have any meaningful recovery as everyone thinks I have had a complaint “upheld”, which surely is wrong by any analysis?”



210 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:26 by Andrew Crossley

Andrew J. Crossley Mobile contact: 07816 990073

211 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:33 by Joe

4chan ftw!
just /b/eautiful :-)

212 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:34 by Anonymous

That sort of behind the scenes stuff happens everywhere. i like watching movies and tv series but illegal downloading will effect the quality and quantity of stuff coming out. its funny because a lot of people think its cool that people are getting together so every1 can get free stuff, but the people that make it for us are the ones getting screwed over. build me a house and i’ll steal it from you.

213 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:35 by newsfag

#207 is an ACS:Law employee who’s been told not to bother coming into work today.

Sharing = stealing? Seriously, you’re gonna try do that on here? Just fuck off!

214 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:40 by Andrew Crossley

Look what this guys says in an email back to the Solicitors Regulation Authority

“I am accused of demanding payment. This is not true. The recipient of the letter of claim is afforded the opportunity if they wish to close the matter off and avoid the issue continuing by entering into a compromise agreement to bring the matter to an end.”

Hes just shown how his scam tactics work.

All he does is tell the victim that their connection has been used to violate copyright and then asks if they’d like to pay some money to “bring the matter to an end.”

Simple trick but it works with people who don’t know the law like this smiley con man does.

215 Sep 25, 2010 at 16:45 by Jeff

I predict in the near future that ACS:Law will go the way of MediaDefender.

216 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:00 by The Doctor

More evidence it is only about money.

From: Andrew Crossley []
Sent: 20 August 2010 13:22
To: James Wright
Subject: Monitoring of illegal file sharing


Please see the email below received from my data supplier. You can click on the link below to see the status of captures. You will see that India is where the largest infringements are occurring. I do not have any contacts in India that do this work, but could explore it. However, the per-capita income is so low in India, there would be no prospect of any level of financial recovery in that territory.

Levels in the UK are moderate, but not high. We could run the data though, as long as there was a commitment to pursue as many cases as possible.

The supplier wants to run the data for another week to get an accurate picture of what is happening to your products.



217 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:09 by joe

wtf, why are all the trackers are down

218 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:11 by Andrew Vercrossley

sent on Thu 03/06/2010 21:45
“I have an idea. We should send a factsheet with all loc’s answering all the usual questions and dispelling some common misapprehensions as I think it will better inform people and increase revenue.”

Andrew J. Crossley
ACS Law Solicitors

219 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:22 by justicecream

lol, Crossley is on David Icke’s mailing list.

220 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:23 by justicecream

Hello Andrew,

Kindly note your DD for the August rent has been returned unpaid.

Please make immediate arrangements for payment via bacs or at reception.

If you have any queries please liaise with Soili on Monday.

Regards – Irem

Irem Khan | Business Centre Manager
T: 020 3008 8604 |M: 07703 131 845 |F: 0207 763 7101 |W: |E:
For and on Behalf of Avanta Managed Offices Ltd (T/A Avanta Dover Street)

221 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:31 by ahem

Thanks for dropping it onto the newsgroups, here’s a link for anyone else:

222 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:38 by Andrew Crossley

Stuart Storey Mobile Contact : 07904955603

Email :

223 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:43 by new saying

224 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:43 by Anonymous

If you look at the, they have numerous gmail accounts aswell

225 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:46 by Anonymous


lol did this guy get worked up

226 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:49 by Maroan

Ooooh… Sweet revenge! And by the way Andrew, can you feel the beauty of filesharing? ;-) I do! :-D

227 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:50 by jack

Just getting this from alt.binaries.warez right now.
I’m going to read through and write a letter to my MP about the behaviour and tactics used by ACS:LAW particularly if I can find any reference to or private details of people in my MP’s constituency.
I’d be interested in writing a letter of complaint to the Bar or commission who supposedly regulate these cowboys.
Perhaps someone in the know can put up some details to help UK residents to make a formal complaint about ACS:LAW.

228 Sep 25, 2010 at 17:50 by Anonymous

Andrew’s paypal is registered to
Makes me wonder why he attached it to a differently named email

229 Sep 25, 2010 at 18:01 by Anonymous

Congratulations on taking the first step

Dear andy,

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We hope you find the person you’ve been waiting for.

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230 Sep 25, 2010 at 18:41 by Anonymous

Though on the outside, fear on the inside…

231 Sep 25, 2010 at 18:44 by Anonymous

@207 nah, don’t get behind mafiaa & friends & you should do fine

We all get one free internet

232 Sep 25, 2010 at 18:45 by Anonymous

@144 I like loli, she is queen

233 Sep 25, 2010 at 18:45 by Anonymous

“I should remember more often that I am a litigator and should invoke that skill set more often!



234 Sep 25, 2010 at 18:47 by Anonymous

Hi Andrew
I have spoken to a producer Omar Williams who wishes to come on board. Some of his material is the best selling in the Uk. Can i give him your details?

235 Sep 25, 2010 at 18:50 by Anonymous


During my past research into the forensics of P2P networks I have identified one firm /research area in the UK which has a good number of papers published. This is out of the Lancaster University Faculty of Science and Technology. They have also set up a company (InfoLab21) which provides services to companies wishing to secure their networks.

I would not expect that they would want to develop or run a file monitoring system given their need for independence (not saying anything about ACS Law’s PR).

However, I believe that they would be able to provide an almost bullet-proof expert witness statement on any P2P monitoring system that ACS Law employs.

You know my view on the quality of Clem Vogeler’s expert witness statement and what I perceive as the opportunity it provides to serious challenge.

Given that there is the potential of a new monitoring system what are your thoughts on contacting them to provide an expert witness statement.



236 Sep 25, 2010 at 18:56 by DeathStalker

All the originating IPs for the emails should be in the message headers – indeed, clearly that is more info to be added to the blocklists! :)

237 Sep 25, 2010 at 19:08 by Anonymous

Anyone found his ex-wife’s original emails?

238 Sep 25, 2010 at 19:14 by Karma

Excellent. It’s been a long time coming with these sub-human ambulance chasers. Hopefully the beginning of the end for Crossley and co.

239 Sep 25, 2010 at 19:15 by anons12345


He probably deleted them, the only ones I’ve found are the ones he sent, in his outbox.

Although his ex-wife’s email address is there, so maybe a chance for some lulz ?

240 Sep 25, 2010 at 19:27 by Mastro

hmm everyone how about you start sending this story to mainstream news organizations. I think this would help spread the news of what is going on now…

241 Sep 25, 2010 at 19:35 by

Andrew Crossley’s efax number and pin:

44 207 990 9099

pin 9988

don’t change the pin, i already did :D

242 Sep 25, 2010 at 19:42 by Anonymous

No. There will be no dress down day.

Andrew J. Crossley
ACS Law Solicitors

.. what a criminal

243 Sep 25, 2010 at 19:49 by assman

Excellent work.

If I may be so bold, the same attention should be directed towards predatory foreclosure mills who are stealing people’s homes on behalf of ibanks. All these firms are connected with law offices of gerald shapiro.

244 Sep 25, 2010 at 19:52 by a123

Is it technically possible to determine what was uploaded and downloaded from a specific IP address? P2P sharing often involves downloading a file and uploading that but at a much lower bandwidth so in many cases only a small fraction of the file will be uploaded – this fragment on its own is useless.

245 Sep 25, 2010 at 19:54 by Bjorn

Dear Andrew c.

Fuck you! You are a criminal and your ass is grass!

You are finished as a lawyer but you will need a lawyer when all the contants of your e-mails is all over the Internet.

246 Sep 25, 2010 at 19:56 by Anonymous

Hopefully attention will now be directed towards the USCG Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver scabs and something incriminating towards them is found within the ACS emails.

247 Sep 25, 2010 at 19:56 by anonymous

I agree with the above poster, go after MERS the same way.

Look it up kiddos, they are r@ping people’s homes.

Also, I am willing to be that unless you load their inboxes, and possibly even if so, that the American MSM won’t touch this with a ten foot pole, or it will get severely twisted into you all being criminals. :P

Anyways, stellar performance.

248 Sep 25, 2010 at 20:00 by Anon

So here’s their ISP invoice which they were being chased for at the end of July:

249 Sep 25, 2010 at 20:16 by Del Arno

I’m starting to feel sorry for him now…….

250 Sep 25, 2010 at 20:25 by Anonymous

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me
Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain’t comin’ back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the sky from me
There’s no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can’t take the sky from me…

251 Sep 25, 2010 at 20:28 by This is brilliant

Dont feel sorry for the cunt!

I`ve emailed as many links and as much info as I can to mainstream UK press

Will others do the same please?!

As many newsdesks as possible.
The DPA angle should get some interest at the very least.


252 Sep 25, 2010 at 20:32 by Fox

Anybody with usenet:

Ha, they’re screwed.

253 Sep 25, 2010 at 20:53 by jack

Something from the folder:

To pay for Skype credit using the PayPal option in the Skype payments
option, insert the following account details:


Pass: ajc123qweasd

Andrew’s Visa Debit card details are stored here now so more credit can be
easily added in future.

Jonathan Miller

ACS Law Solicitors
20 Hanover Square
London W1S 1JY
tel 020 7193 2493
fax 020 7990 9099
DX 44643 Mayfair

254 Sep 25, 2010 at 21:00 by Anon


The emails from the ISP in question are much more interesting – there’s a tone of “we’re forced to give you the information but you don’t have the decency to pay us” about it.

255 Sep 25, 2010 at 21:13 by Glorious

He hasn’t changed the default password to his account on

I’m not saying that his account details on that site include his home address and personal mobile number. But they might.

256 Sep 25, 2010 at 21:30 by superted

I think the Information Commissioners Office (sic) may have something to say about BT as well. An unsecure excel document with personal details, including name and address sent by BT to ACS.

Naughty Naughty.

257 Sep 25, 2010 at 21:37 by help please!

what program should i get to view these emails? thanks

258 Sep 25, 2010 at 21:43 by Anonymous

ACS-Law leaked emails

Torrent Hash F3E0383F99512BA8FB533BE8F3A593B747021F6A

Ouch! this has gotta hurt, eh Andrew? Now just think about all that worry and stress you put 10′s of thousands of people through with your blackmail tactics.

All those people who’s confidential data you held in your unsecure email database will now be justified in legal action against you…

Payback is a bitch!

259 Sep 25, 2010 at 22:03 by anons12345678

To view the emails,

Download the ‘Bulk Rename Utility’,

Use the Extension option (11), to remove the extension, then add the .eml extension to all files in the ‘cur’ folders.

You can then use this plugin for thunderbird, to import the eml to mbox files that can be viewed in Thunderbird.

260 Sep 25, 2010 at 22:18 by Anon

Looking at their bank statement it’s disgusting how much they are being paid. At one point there was £90,000 in his account. Also of interest his company received £4000 from:

261 Sep 25, 2010 at 22:28 by random anon

TPB tracker is down – Here is a magnet link to the original untainted torrent so you can see for yourselves (300+ seeds 130+ leechers.)


262 Sep 25, 2010 at 22:35 by superted

Oh dear some didn’t seem to impressed with his proposed new £1m house!!

No. It is of no interest at all, because we are not looking to buy right now. Is there a problem with your memory?

—– Original Message —–
From: Andrew Crossley
To: Tamsin
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2010 10:59 AM
Subject: Is this of interest at £1.1M?

A xxx
Andrew J. Crossley
ACS Law Solicitors
20 Hanover Square
London W1S 1JY
Tel: 020 7898 0571
Fax: 020 7898 0572
Mob: 07816 990073

263 Sep 25, 2010 at 22:39 by random anon

List of infected e-mails:

There is a total of 14 viruses in the eml version bundle. I got it since it was smaller and easier to download. The filenames are:

filename: doc.exe, times 6
signature: Trojan:W32/FraudPack.Ez
infected emails:\andrew.crossley\cur\,S=11101_2,S..eml\andrew.crossley\cur\,S=10597_2,S..eml\andrew.crossley\cur\,S=10865_2,S..eml\cur\,S=11101_2,S..em
filename: transaction report.exe, times 2
signature: Trojan:W32/FraudPack.Ez\andrew.crossley\cur\,S=11493_2,S..eml\cur\,S=11493_2,S..em
filename: YouSendIt_reader.exe, times 6
signature: Trojan-downloader:W32/Agent.DKFK\andrew.crossley\cur\,S=15636_2,S..eml\andrew.crossley\cur\,S=16789_2,S..eml\andrew.crossley\cur\,S=15654_2,S..eml\cur\,S=15636_2,S..eml\cur\,S=16789_2,S..em

264 Sep 25, 2010 at 22:48 by superted

The email dated

06/08/2010 09:19

is very interesting.

265 Sep 25, 2010 at 22:53 by Anonymous

I’d like to be able to search all the emails (I received a threatening letter from this scumbag a few weeks ago), whats the best way to do this? Can they all be imported into one large text file?

266 Sep 25, 2010 at 22:55 by superted

The email dated

06/08/2010 09:19

is very interesting.

Especially the word document named COMPLETE REPORT to #497E95.doc

267 Sep 25, 2010 at 23:20 by Nelsom Muntz

Ha Ha!

268 Sep 25, 2010 at 23:21 by Nelson Muntz

Ha Ha!

269 Sep 26, 2010 at 00:03 by trapdoor

LICENCE TERMS AND CONDITIONS from 31st May 2009(15% to licensee) 1 year term V7-1.doc

8.1. The Licensor and the Licensee mutually undertake to observe secrecy in relation to third
parties concerning the existence and — above all — the content of this Agreement. This
applies in particular to announcements made in relation to the press

hahaha too late…

270 Sep 26, 2010 at 00:06 by Unhappy Andrew

I long abandoned the concept of a harmonious and peaceful family life when this work came along and ruined my life!

Andrew J. Crossley
ACS Law Solicitors
20 Hanover Square
London W1S 1JY
Tel: 020 7898 0571
Fax: 020 7898 0572
Mob: 07816 990073

271 Sep 26, 2010 at 00:16 by PP


It is easy to establish that there has been damage to the client by the infringer making a single copy of the work which is an act by the infringer that is an infringement of the rights granted to the client under s16(a) of the CDPA 1988.

However, I believe that establishing damages beyond the value of the gross profit of one copy of the work is problematic.

I am concerned at the quantum of damages claimed and how the court would assess those damages in a defended action. I am also concerned that, should the court be uncomfortable with the model submitted and consider that that model delayed or prejudiced earlier settlement, then the court may, in application of equitable principles, reduce or vary the level of costs recoverable by the claimant.

I express these factors as risks which should be taken into account by any claimant when deciding to proceed and we are required under the Solicitors Code of Conduct to articulate those risks to our client. From my understanding of the Code we are further required, when we believe that that portion of the case has no merits, to make statement to that effect.

Unfortunately, except for Barwinska, there have been no cases involving P2P based infringement, except for those involving statutory damages, which provide some direction as to the method of calculation.

272 Sep 26, 2010 at 00:18 by PP


They still haven’t decided themselves if what they are doing would be supported by the courts.

273 Sep 26, 2010 at 00:36 by hmm

more info

274 Sep 26, 2010 at 00:44 by Adam Glen

Adam Glen… August 20th 15:29.

Did you pass data to a non DPA registered third party?

275 Sep 26, 2010 at 01:46 by WTF

@ 257

TPB tracker hasn’t worked for a long while…

The PROPER magnet link to the data is


276 Sep 26, 2010 at 02:45 by FuzzyX

I have looked further into this BSkyB broadband customer database leak and see that it comes in two parts.

This means they targeted over 11,000 infringements from just ONE of the SIX ISPs listed in this latest court order. This gives you an idea about the scale of their operation where this data covers four months.

Well this is such a huge violation of the Data Protection Act that ACS:Law had better not ask BSkyB for more data the next time they want customer details from ISPs.

I can only wonder if BSkyB yet know their customer details are public along with the pornographic titles that ACS:Law claim their customers have infringed?

277 Sep 26, 2010 at 02:59 by Stringfellow Hawke


Thanks for the update. I have just bought a Bentley Arnage so I am sorted for now, although I may buy a Ferrari F430 spider in a couple of months, but for cash.



Andrew J. Crossley
ACS Law Solicitors

20 Hanover Square
London W1S 1JY
Tel: 020 7898 0571
Fax: 020 7898 0572
Mob: 07816 990073

And that little bastard pays his paralegals £8.50 an hour. Guess they will never be able to afford a Bentley.

What a wanker Crossley really is.

278 Sep 26, 2010 at 04:25 by DPA Violation

ACS:Law have been really stupid in not following the DPA.

All such highly confidential information like this BSkyB data should always be kept encrypted. An application like TrueCrypt works great and is free.

Then ideally the computer hosting this information for processing should NOT be connected to the Internet.

Sending the whole data UNENCRYPTED and WITHOUT PASSWORD across the Internet to a publicly accessible website is why this happened. It was only a matter of time.

279 Sep 26, 2010 at 04:30 by random anon


The magnet link provided before yours works just fine, and is increasing steadily. TPB link works PERFECTLY with over 500+ seeds active in my list.

Quit trying to poison the torrent.

280 Sep 26, 2010 at 04:56 by Andrew Verycrossley

for some reason Andrews Mobile: 07816 990073 is going to voice mail at 3:30am UK time so I can’t get to ask him about the leaked emails

281 Sep 26, 2010 at 05:26 by Anonymous

He believe in reptilian humanoids?

282 Sep 26, 2010 at 07:16 by FuzzyX

In Andrew’s inbox dated 12/08/2010 is an email titled “I/A no 4 of 2010 (Digiprotect Phase 5) – Disclosure” which contains O2 and BE Unlimited customer data spreadsheets.

Unlike the other BSkyB data this one comes password protected. Obtaining the password should not be too hard.

283 Sep 26, 2010 at 08:27 by Andrew Verycrossley


I think that a fact sheet is a very good idea. The forums are still wittering on about things like spoofing and it would counter some of the urban myths that Which? continue. However, that is what the FAQ is all about (mind you I could not access the ACS:Law web site today…).


Adam Glen []”

Guess what Adam the forums are not wittering on about spoofing any more and I dont think you’ll be able to access the web site ever again :)

284 Sep 26, 2010 at 08:57 by james brown

Perfect time to use a 115GB HDD, 200MB ram, 100mbps connection with unlimited torrents for only 10 euro a month!!!

285 Sep 26, 2010 at 10:12 by JD

“Which means at least some of these guys are actually reading TorrentFreak!”

This does not surprise me. You can tell by some responses posted that there is a high chance that they work for one of these extortionist companies.

286 Sep 26, 2010 at 10:31 by FuzzyX

I like one email I found.

Andrew was upset about The One Show and his friend Eddie Parladorio replied to him and said…

“Have not yet seen the programme : i don’t suppose it is available online somehow ?”

Oh I expect so if you don’t mind infringing the BBC’s copyright a little! LOL

287 Sep 26, 2010 at 10:48 by Chew on this...

Quoted from Andrew’s inbox…

I’m a news reporter looking to do a story about a reader who has been sent a letter alleging that he illegally downloaded a pop song.

His name is , although he spends most of his time here in Dorset caring for a sick relative.

He is accused of downloading the track Evacuate the Dancefloor on October 2 last year. says he was in Dorset at the time, not in Aberdeen where his IP address is registered, and that he has airline tickets and medical appointment records to prove it. He says he leaves his internet connection switched off when he’s away and no one else has access to it. He has no interest in pop music.

Could I ask for a comment on this and on concerns raised by Which? and others about the reliability of evidence like that used to accuse ?

I’d be grateful for a call or email as soon as possible.

Yours sincererely

Darren Slade
Chief reporter
Daily Echo Bournemouth


288 Sep 26, 2010 at 11:02 by This is brilliant

Perhaps the victims need emailing and telling that they should not pay, if they have paid they should claim the money back and also perhaps they should be concerned about the breach in the DPA.

seems to me the quickest way to grow this thing by getting thousands of angry victims on the case

289 Sep 26, 2010 at 11:10 by PlusNet News

For all those frustrated peeps on the PlusNet forum who have been waiting MONTHS for simple answers from PlusNet then a happy day for you.

I can confirm that on the last PlusNet data release to Digiprotect (ACS:Law) they gave out 880 names and addresses of your very own PlusNet subscribers.

Based upon all other information I read then it seems likely that zero of those people received court summons.

Your wait is over and I hope next time your ISP is more open.

290 Sep 26, 2010 at 11:14 by Anonymous

…ahm….whatz the spoofer doing in the original torrent file?

291 Sep 26, 2010 at 11:56 by TerribleTony

Be careful spammers of (see 11th reference to post) – if you are trying to get a kickback from this article, it may be a very different from the type you hope.

292 Sep 26, 2010 at 11:56 by Anonymous

Make sure everyone gets on board with taking down the AFACT site in australia “”
cannons to starboard mateys!!!!

293 Sep 26, 2010 at 12:11 by jack

Reading through some emails last night I wonder if the financial situation at ACS:LAW is as good as Crossley tries to make out. All the talk about cars etc might be a front.
There’s documentation for an RBS overdraft facility of only a few thousand pounds, one of his employees emails him about being short changed in her wage packet and Miller sends a desperate plea to be allowed to buy some ink for the printer. There’s a charge of about £7 which won’t go through on Crossley’s credit card.There’s also messages from business partners seeking immediate payment for their share in the dirty work they do. Finally there’s correspondence about bankruptcy.

294 Sep 26, 2010 at 12:42 by hawk

looking forward to day 2 article…

295 Sep 26, 2010 at 13:05 by Az

If what I’ve read about this data containing home contact details is true, then ACSlaw has breached the data protection laws here in the UK :)

Oh dear =D

296 Sep 26, 2010 at 13:41 by Anon

“Someone” should think about informing his clients (particularly the non copyright work client) – I’d imagine they’d be quite upset to find their confidential legal dealings have been made public. They’d also be in a very strong position to complain to the Law Society over his conduct.

297 Sep 26, 2010 at 13:46 by Anon

Also, the sent mail folder shows that he had a client matter which was overdrawn by £10,000 for about 6 weeks, as a result of making two payments out of the client account instead of just one. He claims that the bookkeeper didn’t inform him, so it’s not really his fault.

Unfortunately the email shows him admitting that he hadn’t been checking the client matter balance listings as part of the monthly reconciliation process that he (as sole regulated principal at the firm) is required to sign off under the Solicitors Accounts Rules.

Looks like his AR1 Accountant’s Report Form will be showing a qualification for a fairly hefty breach of the accounting rules this year… oops…

298 Sep 26, 2010 at 13:46 by The Doctor

@ comment 295

Read my posts @ 171 and 177.

It appears that some serious explaining is going to be in order. Especially when there are credit card details etc in the emails.

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