The EU Wants Its Own DNS Resolver that Can Block ‘Unlawful’ Traffic
Jan20

The EU Wants Its Own DNS Resolver that Can Block ‘Unlawful’ Traffic

The Domain Name System has been an essential component of the Internet since the mid-eighties. DNS resolvers make it possible to map a human-readable domain name to an IP-address, so a website or service can be easily located. Older people also call it the Internet’s phone book. Nowadays, there are several large DNS resolvers. Many ISPs operate their own but third-party DNS services are very popular too. The most used third-party...

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‘Criminal’ VPN Shut Down By Europol and International Law Enforcement
Jan19

‘Criminal’ VPN Shut Down By Europol and International Law Enforcement

In common with all communications systems such as telephone networks, internet service providers and even email, VPN services can be used by honest citizens and criminals alike. In terms of staying within the boundaries of the law, the important factor is whether the communications provider or service actively and knowingly encourages or facilitates illegal activities. According to an announcement by Europol, VPN provider VPNLab...

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Adblocking Does Not Constitute Copyright Infringement, Court Rules
Jan19

Adblocking Does Not Constitute Copyright Infringement, Court Rules

In order to finance their operations, millions of websites rely on advertising to generate revenue. For some readers, however, excessive or obtrusive advertising is something to be combatted, often through the use of adblocking tools. Developed by German company Eyeo GmbH and available on Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Android and iOS, one of the most popular tools is AdBlock Plus. It’s able to drastically reduce the volume of advertising...

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Browser Extension Adds Sci-Hub Download Links to Publishers’ Websites
Jan18

Browser Extension Adds Sci-Hub Download Links to Publishers’ Websites

Given its reputation for tearing down paywalls to deliver knowledge and enlightenment to academics, students and researchers, Sci-Hub remains one of the internet’s most valuable data resources. Praised by all who find its services useful or even vital, Sci-Hub also has to deal with attacks from publishing giants who would prefer to see the platform taken offline, or blocked by ISPs wherever that is a viable option. Unfortunately for...

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VPN Provider Agrees to Block Torrent Traffic and The Pirate Bay on U.S. Servers
Jan18

VPN Provider Agrees to Block Torrent Traffic and The Pirate Bay on U.S. Servers

Amidst growing concerns surrounding online privacy and security, VPN services have become increasingly popular in recent years. Millions of people use VPNs to stay secure and to prevent outsiders from tracking their online activities. As with regular Internet providers, a subsection of these subscribers may be engaged in piracy activities. Over the past few years we have seen copyright holders take several ISPs to court, accusing them...

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 01/17/2022
Jan18

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 01/17/2022

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. These torrent download statistics are only meant to provide further insight into the piracy trends. All data are gathered from public resources. This week we have two new entries on the list. “Eternals” is the most downloaded title. The most torrented movies for the week ending on January 17 are: Movie Rank...

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