50,000 BitTorrent users sued

by certifiedbug on June 10, 2011

in News

Alleged illegal downloads

Nearly 50,000 users of BitTorrent’s peer-to-peer downloading software have been targeted in a sting over the past few months, accused of illegally downloading one of two movies.

Voltage Pictures, the studio behind 2009′s The Hurt Locker, is suing almost 25,000 BitTorrent users who allegedly illegally downloaded the flick. That came just weeks after 23,000 were sued for downloading The Expendables, produced by Nu Image.

Both of the lawsuits were filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Copyright Group, an outfit formed by Washington-based law firm Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver. The group filed its Expendables lawsuit in February, then followed with its Hurt Locker lawsuit in April.

“They’re copyright trolls,” says Corynne McSherry, intellectual property director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights organization. “They take a dragnet approach to litigation.”



In October 2010, following a lawsuit filed by the music industry, US Judge Kimba Wood ruled that record companies “have suffered – and will continue to suffer – irreparable harm from LimeWire’s inducement of widespread infringement of their works”, noting that the potential damages were “staggering”.

Users of LimeWire are greeted by this notice at the program’s site

After a four-year legal battle between LimeWire and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a hearing to determine damages faced by LimeWire’s New York-based parent company, Lime Group, will be decided in January 2011.

“As a result of our current legal situation, we have no choice but to wind down LimeWire Store operations,” LimeWire said in a statement on Friday.


The Pirate Bay Hacked

by certifiedbug on July 10, 2010

in Internet Security

Brian Krebs reported on his blog that an Argentinian hacker named Ch Russo used security weaknesses in The Pirate Bay’s Web site to infiltrate and snatch the user names, e-mail and Internet addresses of more than 4 million users.

Russo maintains that at no time did he or his associates alter or delete information in The Pirate Bay database. But he acknowledges that they did briefly consider how much this access and information would be worth to anti-piracy companies employed by entertainment industry lobbying groups like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), each of which has assiduously sought to sink The Pirate Bay on grounds that the network facilitates copyright infringement.



Press Release.

Widespread Data Breaches Uncovered by FTC Probe

The Federal Trade Commission has notified almost 100 organizations that personal information, including sensitive data about customers and/or employees, has been shared from the organizations’ computer networks and is available on peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks to any users of those networks, who could use it to commit identity theft or fraud. The agency also has opened non-public investigations of other companies whose customer or employee information has been exposed on P2P networks. To help businesses manage the security risks presented by file-sharing software, the FTC is releasing new education materials that present the risks and recommend ways to manage them.



RIAA to stop mass suits

December 19, 2008

According to The Wall Street Journal the Recording Industry Association of America has decided to abandon its current tactic of suing thousands of individuals for allegedly stealing music via the Internet. This turn of events will not affect current lawsuits already in play and the RIAA will continue to hash out preliminary agreements with major […]

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Peer-to-peer (P2P) botnets

November 19, 2008

Internet providers can pull the plug on botnets, even if it comes belatedly under pressure from the security community and newpaper articles. We have seen this with the recent take downs of Atrivo-Intercage, Est, McColo, where the bad stuff flowed from central servers. Brian Krebs at The Washington Post, So Much Spam From One Place? […]

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Artistdirect-MediaDefender’s Parent Company enters P2P market with Picast

October 4, 2008

A new twist in the works. ArtistDirect’s Picast offers peer-assisted video delivery, and subsidiary MediaDefender, acquired by ArtistDirect in 2005, is designed to prevent alleged copyright infringement using peer-to-peer distribution. Apprantly having used tactics such as flooding peer-to-peer networks with decoy files. Arstechnica, Revision3 CEO: Blackout caused by MediaDefender attack Wired: MediaDefender Defends Revision3 SYN […]

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New advocacy group takes aim at piracy

September 26, 2008

Arts+Labs is a collaboration between creators and innovators who regard the Internet as a vibrant town center where all consumers can safely choose from a vast array of digital products, entertainment and services. Because quality content drives the Internet, Arts+Labs and its founding members: AT&T, Viacom, NBC Universal, Cisco, Microsoft and the Songwriters Guild of […]

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ESA Hires Former RIAA Lawyer

August 24, 2008

Kenneth Doroshow, former executive at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA ), will join The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) as General Counsel in September 2008. The ESA continues to attract and recruit the brightest individuals. Ken has remarkable expertise in the protection of intellectual property and an excellent understanding of the increasingly connected, dynamic, […]

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Spammers pose as MediaDefender

August 17, 2008

Spammers are using scare-tactics threatening recipients with interrupted Internet connectivity or legal action to entice users to open a malicious attachment. Of course you should not open it. Screenshots: http://blog.trendmicro.com/ The spam pretends to be from MediaDefender, a controversial company offering services to prevent alleged copyright infringement using peer-to-peer (P2P) distribution. As many people do […]

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