WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins' New Legal Woes Spell Trouble for White Hat Hackers

By expanding the case against Marcus Hutchins, the Department of Justice has signaled a troubling interpretation of cybersecurity...

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RIAA: ISP’s Interest in Piracy Phishing Scam Is a  ‘Fishing Expedition’
Jun09

RIAA: ISP’s Interest in Piracy Phishing Scam Is a ‘Fishing Expedition’

Late last month, Internet provider Grande Communications requested assistance from U.S. Marshals to serve piracy tracking company IP-Echelon. The unusual request is linked to the RIAA lawsuit, where Grande stands accused of failing to disconnect repeat infringers. Specifically, the ISP wants to find out more about a DMCA notice scam where scammers tried to extract payments. This phishing scam used fake piracy notifications, abusing...

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Court Orders Finnish ISPs to Block RARBG and YIFY
Jun09

Court Orders Finnish ISPs to Block RARBG and YIFY

Finland was one of the pioneers of blocking pirate websites. Back in 2011, it was one of the first countries where Internet providers were ordered to block The Pirate Bay. The process wasn’t straightforward. Several ISPs appealed the rulings and one even tried to have the matter heard at the Supreme Court, but eventually, the blocks remained. Despite the hard-fought blocking measures, there hasn’t been much activity in...

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Russian Govt Approves Fines For Search Engines Linking to Banned VPNs
Jun09

Russian Govt Approves Fines For Search Engines Linking to Banned VPNs

For the past several years, Russia has been attempting to censor the Internet by restricting access to a large range of sites. With thousands blocked, pirate sites are some of the main targets but any site with content objectionable to the state can find itself in the crosshairs. As more blocks have been introduced, the response by many Internet users has been to circumvent them. For pirate sites, proxies and mirrors have been a key...

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EU Advocate General: Right to Private Life Shouldn’t Hinder Copyright Enforcement
Jun09

EU Advocate General: Right to Private Life Shouldn’t Hinder Copyright Enforcement

On May 8, 2010, German citizen Michael Strotzer was the operator of an Internet connection from where an audiobook was made available on a peer-to-peer network. Germany company Bastei Lübbe AG owned the copyrights to that content and had not given Strotzer permission to share it online. So, on October 28, 2010, Bastei Lübbe wrote to Strotzer with a demand for him to stop infringing their copyrights. When the company’s...

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