Posts Tagged ‘isp’

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,



Pirates Spend More On Music?

November 2, 2009

Results of a recent survey have shown that pirates, that is to say, those who the music industry has effectively been witch-hunting, actually turn out to spend more money than most on music.

Pirate Bay

According to The Independent the results of the survey suggest that those guilty of infringing copyright by downloading music illegally spend an average of £77 (or €85) on music every year, while those who claim never to download music illegally spend around the £44 (or €48) mark. Moreover, the survey hit a wide audience, with 1,000 people aged between 16 and 50 responding.


UK Plan to Disconnect Pirates Faces Legal Challenge

October 30, 2009

The confirmation earlier in the week that internet pirates in the UK could face disconnection from the internet as a response to repeat offences has raised some issues with ISPs, who have threatened legal action.

Pirate Bay

TorrentFreak is reporting that, while there had been some how that it wouldn’t be supported, the disconnection of repeat offenders is set to go ahead as planned. The most interesting response hasn’t been from copyright groups, which are, unsurprisingly, quite supportive of an action with such a strong disincentive for copyright infringement.


Canada to “throttle” File-Sharers

October 22, 2009

The Canadian Telecom Regulator (CRTC) has announced that it will allow Canadian ISPs to ”throttle” the connection of file-sharers as a last resort.

Pirate Bay

According to a Reuters report, the agreement is based on ISPs relying first on “economic measures,” which would see users paying for more or less bandwidth. However, users who go over their data allowance (the proverbial “cap”) will find evidence of that overuse on their bill fairly quickly. According to the new policy, ISPs will be allowed to simply throttle the connection or repeat offenders.


Pirate Bay Sale Looking Increasingly Unlikely

August 24, 2009

While everything we hear from The Pirate Bay and Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) themselves seems to indicate that The Pirate Bay will indeed change hands this week, there are all kinds of issues that might prevent the sale that the two have been keeping quiet on.

Pirate Bay

The latest word is that The Pirate Bay purchase has been put on ice, this time by financial troubles with GGF, which recently saw trading of its stock suspended pending investigation of its financial situation. TorrentFreak is reporting that this suspension came about after statements from GGF’s former director, Johan Sellstrom, indicated that the company owed him several hundred thousand dollars. The clear implication is, of course, that GGF can’t afford to pay him back, which could make the purchase a little difficult.


ISPCC Asks ISPs About Child Pornography

August 17, 2009

In a move that makes it particularly hard to disagree without sounding like some kind of heartless beast, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has issued a letter to Irish ISPs to ask what their policies are regarding access to child pornography.


The Sunday Business Post has actually been good enough to post the whole letter, which reads,

“Dear ——, I am writing to ask what your company’s policy is towards blocking access to known child pornography websites and Usenet groups. You will be aware that in Italy it is required by law that all ISPs block access to known child pornography websites, and the German government recently signalled its intention to promote a similar law at federal level.”


Details of Eircom Anti-Piracy Agreement Leak

August 12, 2009

The whole furore that started when Eircom ads began appearing on the decidedly unsavoury The Pirate Bay search pages has continued to get stranger and stranger. Now, details of an anti-piracy agreement between Eircom and IRMA have leaked.


TorrentFreak is reporting that it was passed a leaked document that details the arrangement that Eircom came to with IRMA (the Irish Recorded Music Association) with regard to music piracy among users of Ireland’s biggest Internet Service Provider. For now, as had been previously intimated in discussion of the deal, IRMA will be in a position to pass to Eircom lists of IP addresses it believes to be involved in music piracy. The big reveal here though is that people aren’t just being hunted for uploading, but for downloading too, which is quite unusual.


OpenDNS Isn’t Perfect

July 29, 2009

During the past few weeks we’ve seen something of a debacle with our biggest ISP. Eircom’s practically total failure to deal with what looks to have been a DNS poisoning attack meant that many of its users switched over to OpenDNS in an attempt to, y’know, use the internet.


What’s interesting now is that, as TechCrunch points out in an unrelated story, it turns out that users on OpenDNS can find that websites suffer increased downtime. The long and short of it is that during the night several websites went down, but long after the issue had been cleared up Open DNS users still couldn’t access them.


BT Hands off to Vodafone

July 22, 2009

Vodafone and BT have inked a deal that will see BT push its Irish consumer and small business customers to Vodafone. This will come as a boon to Vodafone, which has been looking for entry into the broadband market for a while already.


The benefit for BT’s current customers is that it looks as though the “strategic partnership” between the two companies will see two thirds of BT’s customers being bumped up to 24Mbit/s by 2012. The main thrust of the deal though seems to be that BT will be handing off the customers to Vodafone, while BT handles network services on Vodafone’s behalf (at least, according to Electronics Weekly).


Eircom – DDOS or not DDOS, that is the question

July 16, 2009

Rumours are flying in thick and fast about the source of, and reason for, the recent apparent DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack on Eircom’s DNS servers, including the suggestion that a Russian mafia is behind the whole affair in an attempt to either blackmail Eircom or lower the share price enough to effect a buy out.

I can't get enough of this image :)

I can't get enough of this image 🙂

Perhaps the single most interesting article on the topic doesn’t come from Softpedia, SiliconRepublic or ourselves, but from Justin Mason’s Weblog, which points out that the initial results of the attack on Eircom’s DNS servers correspond far more closely to what’s called a “Kaminsky DNS-cache poisoning attack.”