“One of the technical things we always optimize is where to put our front machines. They are the ones that re-direct your traffic to a secret location. We have now decided to try to build something extraordinary. With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system.”—
A lot of people have reported on the notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay’s plans to “put servers in space,” but very few have gone into real detail. This entry from the pirates themselves is fascinating for several reasons:
It points out that they wouldn’t be trying to put the whole system into space, just the “front servers” which route traffic. As they point out, you don’t need a lot of hardware to do that — you could do it with something incredibly light.
A lot of the reporting was wrong. Many of the stories claimed that The Pirate Bay was planning to put servers *in orbit.* This doesn’t describe an orbital system; the drones wouldn’t be high enough to be in space, and it doesn’t sound like they’re orbiting. Remember, “a few kilometers” isn’t enough to get you into space. The summit of Everest is 28,000 feet above sea level, more than 11 kilometers, and you still have a long way up to go from the tip of Everest to actually be in space.
If it ever happens, it could be an opportunity for Matt Waite’s Drone Journalism — his drones could take photos of the pirate drones.
It’s a whole new way to violate laws! Flying drones over populated areas isn’t legal, and depending on how they do it, they may also violate laws about using spectrum.
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While Anonymous’ main operations include DDoSing the shit out of websites they don’t like, periodically, they dabble in Anon-themed side projects. The latest appears to be an Anon operating system, but the question is why? And why would anyone use an OS built by Anonymous, even if you were one of them?