Google Promotes Pirate Video Game Repacker “FitGirl” to “Music Artist” Status *TorrentFreak
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After an amusing blunder by Google’s search algorithm, one of the most famous names in video game piracy has been reclassified as a “music artist.” People searching for “FitGirl” are now greeted by her own knowledge panel which lists her “best song” as “Repacks”, a reference to compressed pirated versions.
In a world where internet connection speeds have reached heights we could only dream of a few years ago, for most people complex video games still take an absolute age to download, even from legal services. such as Steam.
The situation isn’t much different for people downloading pirated versions using torrents either, but there are people out there looking to make life a little easier. So-called “repackers” heavily compress pirated versions and put them online, helping those with limited bandwidth or slow internet speeds get games using limited resources.
With legions of fans, ‘FitGirl’ is perhaps the best known and most loved ‘repacker’ on the internet today. “She” (gender is debatable) regularly releases popular pirated video games, but according to Google, this shadow figure has other hidden talents too.
FitGirl is racing the charts
As shown in the image below, Google’s search algorithm gave this famous hacker her own “knowledge panel” that elevated her to “music artist” status with a list of her “songs. ” the most famous.
Google’s comprehensive list of FitGirl’s “most famous tracks” is also fun. Along with the self-titled track “FitGirl,” Google amusingly brought up the timeless song “Installers” and, of course, the classic “Repacks.” None of these tracks exist, despite the optimistic inclusion of a link to Deezer where his songs are supposedly available (they are not).
That being said, it’s interesting that Google linked FitGirl to Hiromitsu Agatsuma, noting that people who searched for her also searched for this Japanese musician.
The reason for this connection is that Fitgirl included Agatsuma’s track “Tsuki Sayu Yoru” in their installers, popularizing it among pirates. Indeed, checking the track on YouTube reveals people commenting that the only reason they listen to the artist is because of the FitGirl releases.
Fun and Games Until Malware Appears
While this amusing algorithmic anomaly draws a few smiles, there’s also a darker side to it.
The song supposedly titled “Repacks” has been given a pink joystick graphic which is of course entirely appropriate although a little scary considering the data Google’s algorithms have to fetch. However, when you click on it, we are not treated to additional information about this imaginary track, but to a “pirate” search which returns several results, including what some might conclude is the official FitGirl site, while high.
Despite claims that Fitgirlrepacks.co is the “ONLY official site for FitGirl Repacks”, this site is far from official. In accordance with the warning on the real fitgirl siteit’s a fake, “designed to infect you with malware, show you tons of ads, and get your money in the form of donations”.
The claim that the domain is a malware trap appears to be supported by anti-malware software MalwareBytes, which blocks the platform while warning of “Trojans”. The big question is why this domain (and the many others that appear after a basic search for “FitGirl”) are promoted to the top positions by Google.
It’s hard to be specific, but since sites are demoted based on the number of DMCA notices filed against them, the official site certainly suffers more in this regard, which may have hurt its search rankings. .
As reported earlier this month, Google’s code previously and inadvertently presented pirated movie releases YTS and YIFY in the same way. That mistake was quickly corrected as this one will be too, ending what could have been a great musical career for one of the world’s most famous pirates.