A couple of days ago, there was this whole hype about SeedNation, a new Seedbox provider. Apart from offering the usual services, Seednation was providing some 600 odd boxes absolutely for free. The offer was very attractive and it immediately got publicity from several BitTorrent forums and blogs, driving a lot of traffic which was a very important factor for any new online service. We too got several E-mails requesting us to post an article about Seednation - these mails appeared to be from fans of the service, but we believe at least one of them was sent by a Seednation staff member. Either way we postponed publishing about it until we verified the service was legit. For us, this simply seemed to be too good to be true, and apparently, it wasn't just us who had similar thoughts. Several private trackers soon issued warnings about Seed Nation, raising security and privacy concerns. Quoted below is one such Mass PM sent by BitMe’s administration (BitMe is a well respected E-Learning tracker that is over 5 years old).

A site, http://www.seednation.net/ has come up and they are offering something that is literally too good to be true. A free seedbox. Here is the bad news boys and girls, with such things, if it sounds too good to be true, it generally is.
So far, I have seen reports of stolen passkeys, stolen accounts, stolen invites and the like. I can’t tell you what to do or don’t do, however, if you find your passkey or the like is stolen you will receive zero sympathy from staff for this.
So what is the point of this mass PM. Simply this, you use this exceptionally dodgy site at your own risk, and if you have been found to have been compromised, after you have received this warning (25/10/2010 at 20:15 GMT) you will have lost your account here. There will be no exceptions, there will be no.. “Oh I’m sorry I didn’t know.” Use this site at your own peril, but be aware that if your passkey or otherwise is found to have been compromised your account WILL be disabled, and any other private trackers you are on will probably toss you as well.
You have been warned.

BitMe wasn’t the only site to issue such warnings – a similar message was also seen on BitMeTV and a few other trackers. Either way, in a rather unsurprising turn of events, SeedNation soon shut down. For a brief period of time, their homepage displayed the following message:

SeedNation is closed. SLDKluster / Dhruv are the same person. He also was behind the scam of Leechbox. Seednation is now closed. If you where a member of SeedNation or had a seedbox, please join the IRC server to get your seedbox. The host / sponsor of seednation is now the owner of the domain, and has opened a case agaianst him. The old staff members foxhound, p, and d4rk have started #seedmasters, which will provide seedboxs on gigabit boxs legit. But not for free. It will be for people who purchase VIP.
or IRC: irc.digitalrebels.org #seedmasters
Come Hangout, and get your seedbox today! or come join and find out how you can get yours free!
Know linux? Know seedboxs? Become staff & get paid! Join IRC!

Seednation homepage, http://www.seednation.net/ appears to be down right now. While the new service may actually be legit, the whole SeedNation fiasco will no doubt be a public relations disaster for its owners. In the meantime, if you were a user of SeedNation’s free seedbox service, you might want to change your tracker passwords and reset passkeys just to be on the safe side.


16 Comments

  1. Jimmy // 10/30/2010 09:58:00 AM  

    props for not jumping the shark and waiting for some truth to come out first about the site before writing your article.

  2. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 10/30/2010 10:17:00 AM  

    @Jimmy,
    Thanks for the compliments. But we were not blaming any other blogs or forums that posted this news earlier. It's not their fault this service turned out to be a fake.

  3. Jimmy // 10/30/2010 11:05:00 AM  

    @Lighting Struck Tower,
    I wasn't necessarily trying to be negative towards other blogs/forums. That's why I didn't name any specifically. I was more pointing out how some jumped the gun putting out articles about something that seemed way to good to be true, which ended up being a shame. Don't get me wrong, I know it was just a mistake. But I still wanted to give filenetworks props for having the sense to be hesitant before writing about it.

  4. HaNNse // 10/30/2010 01:39:00 PM  

    the service was a fraud SDLKuster or whatever bought the seedboxes with other ppls credit cards and just wanted to get ppl private tracker info. the other mods kicked him out now, and they started their own seed box company with boxes starting at 10 bucks, they're called seed masters

    if ur asking how i know, i actually signed up and watched the entire thing go down

  5. asta // 10/31/2010 03:42:00 AM  

    This blog didn't publish anything about SeedNation earlier because they simply did not know about it, and was not contacted. It is impossible to publish an article about a service that was never known about in the first place. They didn't have the chance to 'jump the shark' - we all know what the reference is pointing to. It only took about 8 hours before the negativity in the FSF article sunk in, thus it's understandable that other blogs would be hesitant.

    Still, very few people know exactly what's truly going on (including trackers). Who steals passkeys? And for what? - they already had seedboxes. It would appear that trackers are completely out of the loop; or else just using the passkey theory as an excuse to cover up the real story. Whether they know the real story or not, I don't know.

  6. TEAM FILEnetworks // 10/31/2010 07:56:00 AM  

    @asta,
    "This blog didn't publish anything about SeedNation earlier because they simply did not know about it, and was not contacted."

    Of course we knew about it, but you are free to believe otherwise. We may not have been contacted by SeedNation staff ( but judging by the content in one of the emails, it was someone directly connected to the service who sent it ), but were were sent several E-mails including ones that raised suspicion about the service.

    What we post (or don't post) here is never decided on the type of feedback they receive on other sites.

  7. microd20 // 11/01/2010 06:24:00 AM  

    Go with a trusted bo provider like PulsedMedia...

    http://pulsedmedia.com/clients/aff.php?aff=006

  8. microd20 // 11/01/2010 06:24:00 AM  

    Go with a trusted seedbox provider like PuksedMedia

    http://pulsedmedia.com/clients/aff.php?aff=006

  9. Aliush // 11/02/2010 04:36:00 PM  

    Hello everyone, feel free to start registering and getting everything ready to go!

    Seedboxs are online!
    Nodes are online and stable!
    VIP Packages have been created!

    IRC Server: irc.digitalrebels.org #seedmasters
    Any questions please direct it to my PM or feel free to leave it here.


    Again, for everyone's notice again. We are not seednation

    Another scam?Who knows!!

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