Atlanta Spent $2.6M to Recover From $52,000 Ransomware Scare

Whether to pay ransomware is a complicated—and...

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Bitcoin Miners Unaffected by Price Decline — Hashrates Spiked Exponentially
Apr24

Bitcoin Miners Unaffected by Price Decline — Hashrates Spiked Exponentially

Despite the multitude of headlines declaring that bitcoin mining was becoming unprofitable over the last four months, the hashrate between both Bitcoin Core (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) networks has exploded. At the moment both SHA-256 proof-of-work (POW) powered protocols have been maintaining more than 35 exahash per second, becoming one of the most powerful computational systems in the world. Also read: Play Music on...

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Japan ISP Says it Will Voluntarily Block Pirate Sites as Major Portal Disappears
Apr24

Japan ISP Says it Will Voluntarily Block Pirate Sites as Major Portal Disappears

Speaking at a news conference during March, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the government was considering measures to prohibit access to pirate sites. The country’s manga and anime industries were treasures worth protecting, Suga said. “The damage is getting worse. We are considering the possibilities of all measures including site blocking. I would like to take countermeasures as soon as...

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Court Denies TVAddons’ Request to Dismiss U.S. Piracy Lawsuit
Apr24

Court Denies TVAddons’ Request to Dismiss U.S. Piracy Lawsuit

Last year, American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network targeted two well-known players in the third-party Kodi add-on ecosystem. In a complaint filed in a federal court in Texas, add-on ZemTV and the TVAddons library were accused of copyright infringement. As a result, both are facing up to $150,000 in damages for each offense. While the case was filed in Texas, neither of the defendants live there, or even in the United...

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French Minister of Culture Calls For Pirate Streaming Blacklist
Apr24

French Minister of Culture Calls For Pirate Streaming Blacklist

Nearly a decade ago, France was on the anti-piracy enforcement frontline. The country was the first to introduce a graduated response system, Hadopi, where Internet subscribers risked losing their Internet connections if they were caught sharing torrents repeatedly. Today this approach is no longer as effective as it once was. The bulk of all online piracy has moved from P2P downloading to streaming, and the latter isn’t...

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