The file–sharing war has just been escalated dramatically as the world's largest BitTorrent site, The Pirate Bay has launched a legal offensive against European divisions of some of the major labels. Companies named to police include EMI, Sony/BMG, Universal Music as well as several film and video game companies.
The site accuses the companies of using infrastructural sabotage, denial of service attacks, hacking and spamming against the site which is ranked in the top five hundred sites worldwide.
The fight over file sharing online has become increasingly desperate over the past few years with both the recording industry and sites like The Pirate Bay using increasingly strong legal and technological tactics against each other. Just last year, the site's servers were seized by Swedish police but the site returned within 72 hours.