Warner Bros. Hiring Traitors

Are you an unloved member of digital society? Have you been shunned by your (peer to) peers? Then Warner Bros. has just the job for you, Judas.

The UK branch is hiring "IT literate" students—those trained in a variety of programming languages—to spy on the torrenting world in a 12-month internship. Just read the job description distributed to The University of Manchester:

During the 12 month internship, duties will include: monitoring local Internet forums and IRC for pirated WB and NBCU content and in order to gather information on pirate sites, pirate groups and other pirate activities; finding new and maintaining existing accounts on private sites; scanning for links to hosted pirated WB and NBCU content and using tools to issue takedown requests; maintaining and developing bots for Internet link scanning system (training provided); preparing sending of infringement notices and logging feedback; performing trap purchases of pirated product and logging results; inputting pirate hard goods data and other intelligence into the forensics database; selecting local keywords and submitting local filenames for monitoring and countermeasure campaigns and periodically producing research documents on piracy related technological developments. Various training will be provided.

Joking aside, this job could be more dangerous than one might think. It's like a digital undercover operation. And if your cover gets blown, you don't just have a single mobster or drug dealer to worry about. You have, literally, the entire, worldwide community of pirates pissed at you. The 9-year-old girl downloading the latest Justin Bieber album? Maybe not a huge worry. Her 35-year-old coder father, who also happens to be downloading the latest Justin Bieber album? Well, at least you have material for blackmail. [TorrentFreak]