Kalisto is a console warez group established in March 1998, a subsidiary of Fairlight, which specializes in the release and distribution of PlayStation (PS1) and PlayStation 2 (PS2) ISO images, briefly moonlighting on the Dreamcast platform in mid to late 2000.
Kalisto and the Dreamcast
Kalisto first entered into the Dreamcast scene on June 26, 2000 with the release of the title Evolution: The World of Sacred Device. By August 19, 2000, Kalisto had determined how to rip and redistribute Dreamcast GD-ROMs as CD-ROM ISOs without the need for a swappable "bootdisk" CD-ROM. A few weeks later, on September 2, 2000, Kalisto claimed that Sega provided a financial incentive for them to stop releasing games for the Dreamcast platform:
Sega has offered us stock options to stop releasing DC, so this will be it, our last release. Thanks to all who have supported us throughout our stay in the DC scene. Take note this is NOT a joke. We are really stopping all DC operations with this release. We will continue on with the PSX. Bye.
While the claim of stock options was allegedly a joke, Kalisto ceased all releases for the Dreamcast shortly after and focused entirely on PlayStation games. Immediately after, a new group called Echelon emerged on September 4, 2000, picking up the slack to later become the number one release group for the Dreamcast. At the time of this transition, there was much speculation that Kalisto and Echelon were one and the same. It was later revealed on November 15, 2005 in Echelon's Dragon Quest VIII USA PS2 nfo, that Echelon was indeed Kalisto. The nfo stated We errr Kalisto released it on November 2nd 2001 as Dragon_Warrior_VII_USA_PS1-KALISTO, referring to the previous game in the series and then the nfo ended with -- the dragon warrior of KALiSTO.
In 2004, Kalisto was named as one of six groups targeted as part of Operation Fastlink by the United States Department of Justice. The group lost a major archive site that was located in the Netherlands. Their supplier Seth Kleinberg a.k.a. Basilisk was arrested in the process.
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- Craig, Paul; Ron, Mark (April 2005). "Chapter 9: Piracy and the Law". In Burnett, Mark. Software Piracy Exposed - Secrets from the Dark Side Revealed. Publisher: Andrew Williams, Page Layout and Art: Patricia Lupien, Acquisitions Editor: Jaime Quigley, Copy Editor: Judy Eby, Technical Editor: Mark Burnett, Indexer: Nara Wood, Cover Designer: Michael Kavish. United States of America: Syngress Publishing. pp. 199–200. doi:10.1016/B978-193226698-6/50033-7. ISBN 1-932266-98-4. Lay summary. "In cooperation with U.S. customs agents, the Dutch anti-piracy group Fiscal and Economic Crime Service (FIOD-ECD) raided 20 universities within the Netherlands. The groups FairLight and Kalisto had significant European resources and many key sites hosted at technical universities within the Netherlands. The Netherlands is infamous for its fast and abundant bandwidth. Two topsites were detained from local universities along with one major archive site belonging to the Kalisto group."
- Craig, Paul; Ron, Mark (2005). "Chapter 9: Piracy and the Law". Software Piracy Exposed - Secrets from the Dark Side Revealed. p. 202. "Seth Kleinberg, executive Editor of www.game-over.net, a PC and console game-reviewing Web site, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. Seth faces a maximum sentence of ten years with additional costs for the damage he caused the software industry. Seth, or Basilisk as he was known in the scene, was a supplier and cracker for the group FairLight and a supplier of console games to another group called Kalisto. Seth was supplying titles that were given to www.game-over.net as review copies. Being able to supply such a large stream of releases helped Seth become a senior member in FairLight and a leading supplier in Kalisto."