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Software Pirates Hacked, User Names And Passwords Stolen

The Pirate Bay urged users not to be alarmed, assuring them that user names and passwords obtained by hackers were 'very encrypted.'

Hackers have broken into the Pirate Bay's database and stolen information on the file-sharing Web site's registered users, according to a message posted on the site.

The Pirate Bay urged users not to be alarmed, assuring that user names and passwords obtained by hackers were "very encrypted."

"It's not a big deal, but it's still very sad that it's out there," site operators wrote in a blog posted on Friday. "All e-mails are, for instance, encrypted as well. They will most likely not be able to decrypt them either."

Nevertheless, site operators advised users to change passwords as soon as possible, not only on the Pirate Bay site, but on other sites where they use the same passwords.

"Sorry for the mess, but we are all human and we miss something sometimes," the Swedish site operators explained.

The Pirate Bay claims its operators know who discovered a security hole, but the site didn't reveal the identity of the perpetrators.

The Web site, which is popular among those who share files of music and movies over the Internet, was accused last year of hacking into Swedish government Web sites, causing them to crash, in retaliation after authorities seized the Pirate Bay's server farm, raided its offices, arrested three people, and shut down the site. The site later reopened.

Those who run the Pirate Bay have maintained their innocence, claiming the site doesn't hold copyrighted materials and acts only as a search index.

Still, the site operators seem to delight in an irreverent attitude as they've battled with Hollywood, recording artists, government authorities, and Internet service providers.

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