'Breaking Bad' Final Episode Illegally Downloaded

Pirates swarmed over the series finale of AMC’s “Breaking Bad”: Internet users worldwide downloaded more than 500,000 copies of the episode within 12 hours of the first illegal copy showing up.

That makes it the most pirated episode of “Breaking Bad” on record, according to piracy news site TorrentFreak. The final episode, documenting the last days of antihero Walter White (Bryan Cranston), aired Sunday night on AMC in the U.S.

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The illegal downloads occurred mainly in countries where the show was available on TV or through other legal means, according to TorrentFreak’s analysis of nearly 14,000 users. About 18% of the “Breaking Bad” episodes pirates were in Australia, followed by 14.5% in the States and 9.3% in the U.K., where the final eight episodes of the show have been available on Netflix the day after U.S. air.

At the peak of the “Breaking Bad” pirate activity, more than 85,000 people worldwide were sharing a single copy of the final ep via a public BitTorrent tracker, according to TorrentFreak. Still, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” retains the record for the largest BitTorrent swarm ever recorded with more than 170,000 people sharing a single copy at once.

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