Posts Tagged ‘filesharing’

Twitter Details Security Threat

February 3, 2010

Yesterday it emerged that Twitter had distributed a message to a bundle of its users asking them to change their passwords due to a potential phishing attack. Indeed, those users were forced to change their login details, and now Twitter has opened up about just why.

The word from the folks at Twitter, who updated the Twitter status blog a few hours ago with some details of the phishing attack that led to its request for users to change passwords. Indeed, it seems that Twitter has seen the culmination of a fairly long-term plan to grab user’s passwords on a large scale. The description of events from Twitter’s point of view essentially details the setting up of filesharing services, complete with security vulnerabilities and then using user’s data on those sites to gain control of their Twitter profiles.



Internet Pirates Move Further Afield

January 5, 2010

It seems that internet pirates have started to move away from countries in which they might be prosecuted, setting up shop in far-flung regions in an attempt to avoid persistent litigation.

Sweden was, for a very long time indeed, host to The Pirate Bay, which became practically iconic for its flaunting of copyright law within Europe. However, after it lost the case brought against it by representatives of the various media publishers losing money because of it, The Pirate Bay hopped from one location to another in a bid to stay open, a move that’s been aped by other major filesharers. Indeed, there’s a bit of a trend among some of the major illegal filesharing operations when it comes to shifting to places they’re less likely to be prosecuted.


Virgin Testing Fileshare Monitors

November 27, 2009

Virgin Media has announced that it’s currently rolling out some new tech to take a peek at the amount of filesharing that’s happening across its service.

TheRegister is reporting on the trial of the new deep packet monitoring setup, called CView. Perhaps the single most striking thing about this announcement is that it’s being rolled out to such a high proportion of Virgin’s customers, with somewhere in the region of 40% of users set to be monitored when CView is implemented. Moreover, those customers who are being monitored aren’t going to be informed of the fact…

Indeed, shady as it might sound, Virgin Media contends that to inform users that their traffic was to be among the 40% being monitored for filesharing activity wouldn’t be in the best interests of its trial, instead saying,


EU to Offer Pirates More Protection?

November 6, 2009

The European Parliament is currently weighing up a telecoms reform package that would see users accused of filesharing by ISPs treated a little more fairly than the current situation, which is a little vague.

Pirate Bay

The BBC is reporting that users accused of illegal filesharing under the new reform package would have to be treated to a “fair and impartial procedure” before they could be disconnected. This is of particular interest now, given the recent announcement that British ISPs would be tasked with disconnecting users guilty of copyright infringement.


Pirates Flock to Rapidshare

October 12, 2009

With the ongoing situation with ThePirateBay being essentially unreachable, it seems that more and more people are turning to direct download services for their illicit file distribution.


According to an article over at ComputerWorld, it seems that the fall of ThePirateBay, which has been felt all the more for the fact that other major torrent site Demonoid is down, has been driving pirates in their droves to consider other options on where to get their hands on copyright infringing goods. Those pirates, it seems, are turning to sites like Rapidshare, Megaupload, Sendspace and Hotfile.


Dan Brown Tops Bittorrent Books

September 18, 2009

Dan Brown may not have the same success with The Lost Symbol as with The DaVinci Code, but his latest book has the dubious honour of being phenomenally successful with web-based pirates.

Dan Brown The Lost Symbol

Word came in during the week that The Lost Symbol was selling faster on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reader than it was on Amazon’s online shop, though that’s far less impressive a statement than it might normally seem. Due to a combination of staggered releases and the relatively high popularity of the book on the Kindle the two figures stack up oddly. Perhaps less impressively though, is the news that The Lost Symbol has been doing very well on illegal filesharing networks.


Kazaa is Back, Now With More Legality

July 21, 2009

Years after it was shut down in a landmark anti-filesharing case, Kazaa has reopened for business in a manner very similar to Napster. By that we mean, users will once again be expected to pay for content, the antithesis of Kazaa’s original model.


As The Inquirer is reporting, the service isn’t just Kazaa in name only. It retains involvement of one of the brains behind Kazaa’s first incarnation in the form of Kevin Bermeister. While we’re all for the sudden upsurge in legal filesharing options (with The Pirate Bay being the other recent piracy network to about-face) it’s hard to see this latest incarnation of Kazaa really working out, though not for the usual reasons.


The Pirate Bay to Pay Filesharers

July 20, 2009

When filesharing site The Pirate Bay was bought by entirely legitimate company Global Gaming Factory X, there was panic among the user base at the suggestion that it might have to pay for content. Now, GGF has announced that this will be the case for some users, but others won’t have to pay at all, while still others will be paid to use the service.

The Pirate Bay Logo

Global Gaming Factors has admitted that there was always going to be trouble offering The Pirate Bay as a legal service – it would necessitate being in some way “better than free” to stop its users simply wandering off in search of illegal filesharing services. The solution offered seems to be a combination of paid subscription and advertising, while the any slack will be picked up by companies with a large amount of data to distribute without having to pay through the nose for the privilege.