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  1. FIFA Threatens ‘Pirate Sites’ Over Illegal World Cup Streams Hoping to limit the availability of pirated World Cup matches, FIFA has sent advance warnings to the owners of several sites that host or link to unauthorized live streams of sports events. The football organization warns site owners that they face criminal liability, and demands unprecedented takedown powers during the World Cup. In a few hours the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, an event that will be seen by hundreds of millions of people from all over the world. While most people watch the matches through licensed broadcasters, there is also a large group of people who resort to unauthorized sources. These so-called “pirate” streams are available through dozens of sites, including Firstrow and Rojadirecta, which generate millions of views during popular sporting events. These broadcasts are a thorn in the side of world football association FIFA who have contacted several owners of streaming-related sites over the past few days. TorrentFreak obtained a copy of the letter from a site owner who asked to remain anonymous. In the letter, signed by Director of Legal Affairs Marco Villiger and his colleague Jörg Vollmüller, FIFA asks the site operators to do all they can to take these streams offline. Those who refuse to do so could face criminal liability. “Due to the nature of your service, we anticipate that a large number of users will continually use your website to create, distribute and/or link to live streams via the Internet of the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM. We want to ensure that all infringing streams can be promptly identified and removed, regardless of whether they can be viewed openly or through private areas of your site,” FIFA writes. The letter then goes on to emphasize that the site owners bear full responsibility for all unauthorized live streams, or links to live streams. FIFA strongly recommends that site operators immediately block access to unauthorized broadcasts when these are pointed out to them. To facilitate this process the football association has included a link to the tournament schedule, further demanding that the websites in question have people available during the matches, to ensure rapid takedowns. “As you have been provided with the specific dates and times of all matches, we thereby expect a member of your website team to be present and available to promptly perform this duty during and throughout ALL matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM,” FIFA writes. In addition, FIFA requests a special takedown tool so their monitoring and enforcement company NetResult can remove streams whenever needed. “Provide a service or tool whereby NetResult, FIFA’s service provider for online monitoring, will have the ability to immediately take down and remove ANY and ALL unauthorized streams of the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM found on your website,” FIFA demands. While the site owner we spoke with only received the letter two days ago, the deadline to comply with the demands ends today. Toward the end of the letter FIFA points out that those who fail to comply will face civil and criminal liability. “Should you fail to implement either of the above by the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM on June 12, your failure to comply will expose you to civil and criminal liability,” the letter states. The FIFA letter is unique in its kind, as copyright holders generally don’t take these types of proactive measures. As far as we know this is the first time that FIFA has sent an advance warning to site owners. While most site operators are happy to comply with takedown notices, FIFA’s demands go above and beyond the common takedown procedure. Whether this will have the desired effect has yet to be seen.
  2. Putlocker.BZ Loses Domain Name, Moves to “Safe Haven” Iceland Putlocker.bz, one of the largest unauthorized movie streaming services on the Internet, has lost control over its domain name. The site's operator explains that they have issues with the .BZ registry, which may very well be the result of an inquiry from City of London Police. In recent weeks several piracy-related websites lost control over their domain names. Most of these issues could be tracked back to the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) in the UK. In recent weeks PIPCU sent letters to various domain name registrars of alleged pirate sites, requesting a suspension of domain names that had been classified as “infringing” by copyright holder groups. This resulted in a temporary suspension for the popular torrent search engine Torrentz.eu, while FileCrop, Cricfree, Delishows and others lost permanent control over their domains. This week another popular site ran into domain trouble. Putlocker.BZ, a popular movie streaming site with millions of active users per week, had its domain name suspended yesterday. “We are having an issue with .BZ Registry, so we had to move from putlocker.bz to Putlocker.bz|Putlocker.is - Watch Movies Online Free. IS is the domain name of Iceland – a safe haven for freedom of speech,” the site’s operator announced. At this point it’s unclear whether Putlocker’s issues are related to the actions of UK Police. TorrentFreak contacted the site for more details but we have yet to hear back. For now the site continues to operate via the new .IS TLD. Iceland is indeed a relatively safe haven. The domain registry ISNIC previously informed us that it would not proactively suspend a domain, and that it would only take action when an Icelandic Court asks them to. “Such an action would require a formal order from an Icelandic court. ISNIC is not responsible for a registrant’s usage of their domains,” ISNIC’s Marius Olafsson told TorrentFreak. The above means that a letter from PIPCU would not be enough to suspend the new Putlocker.is domain name. While PIPCU’s efforts under the “Operation Creative” flag may not eradicate piracy altogether, they may make some domain names and registrars a no-go area for these types of websites. Whether that will have any effect has yet to be seen, but copyright holders must be pleased with the close collaboration.
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  6. MPAA: Consumer Right to Resell Online Videos Would Kill Innovation The MPAA is concerned that innovation in the film industry will be ruined if consumers get the right to resell movies and other media purchased online. Responding to discussions in a congressional hearing this week, the MPAA warns that this move would limit consumer choices and kill innovation. mpaa-restrictedThis week the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing on the issue of “digital resales.” In other words, whether consumers should be allowed to sell digital videos, music files and software they purchased previously. Proponents of the rights to resell digital goods want the First Sale Doctrine to apply in the digital domain as well. However, this argument is meeting fierce resistance from the entertainment industries who see this right as a threat to their online business models. For example, the record labels previously pointed out that MP3s are simply too good to resell, as they don’t deteriorate in quality. Responding to the hearing in Washington, the MPAA also voiced its critique of the plans. According to the movie studios digital resales would hamper innovation, increase prices and decrease the availability of online film. In their view it would undo most of the innovation the Internet brought. “Critics say the movie and television industry was slow to embrace the Internet. But ironically, now that online video is ubiquitous, some of these same critics are trying to reverse time and drag the creative community—along with audiences—back into the pre-Internet era,” MPAA’s Neil Fried notes. The ability to resell movies bought on the Internet has the potential to create a huge secondary market. This would make it much cheaper for consumers to access media, and the MPAA believes therefore that content creators will be wary of making it available in the first place. “A new government mandate requiring creators to allow reselling of licensed Internet content would undermine incentives to create, reduce consumer choices, and deter innovation,” Fried argues. “Forcing creators to allow resale of Internet content they license would either require creators to substantially raise prices or discourage them from offering flexible, Internet-based models in the first place,” he adds. The MPAA believes that those who want to own movies and resell them should stick to the offline world. The physical ownership model doesn’t translate to the online world, which is better off with a licensing scheme that restricts resales. “This is a relatively new marketplace. Government intervention now, seeking to force the content community to return to a 1908 construct built around physical ownership, will only short-circuit the experimentation and innovation that is going on all around us,” Fried says. Of course there are also many people who object to the arguments of the copyright holders. John Ossenmacher, CEO of the MP3-reselling platform ReDigi, gave a testimony during the congressional hearing where he laid out a variety of counterarguments. According to Ossenmacher the content owners are trying to change consumer rights that have been in place for more than hundred years, only to guarantee maximum profit for themselves. “The First Sale doctrine is premised on a simple concept – you bought it, you own it – and it has never concerned itself with a specific format or technology, nor with the condition of the goods being resold. It establishes the commonsense principle that the creator deserves to be paid once, and then the owners, and subsequent owners, have the right to resell that good, to donate it or to give it away,” Ossenmacher said in his testimony. “It is not an extreme position to advocate that ‘you bought it, you own it.’ It is a logical, conservative position that adheres to the long-standing principles of law. It applies in every other type of good; it should apply here as well,” he added. It will be interesting to see how this debate plays out in the months to come. One thing is for certain, we haven’t heard the last of it yet.
  7. uTorrent: Dramatically Increase Download Speeds Using these simple adjustments should greatly improve uTorrent download performance. Are you tired of uTorrent’s sluggish download speed that does not take full advantage of your high speed internet? This is a very frequent complaint among uTorrent users that can be fixed by tweaking uTorrent’s settings. For this tutorial we are going to assume that you have uTorrent running and a torrent is being downloaded. 1. Bring up the Preferences window by either pressing Ctrl+P or clicking Options -> Preferences. As you can see both maximum upload and download speeds are set at 0. uTorrent even tells you that 0 means that your download will be executed at its maximum potential. In many circumstances, however, this is not the case. 2. Now we have to change the download speed to something much higher than the expected allotted bandwidth. We will use 3000kB/s. You will likely set the upload speed to as little as possible; however, do not set lower than 7kB/s. We’ll use 8kB/s. Note: If you set the upload limit to below 7kB/s, uTorrent will cut off your download speed exponentially. 3. Press Apply then OK. Congratulations you’re done. If this works for you, you should soon notice an increase in your download speeds. Through these steps, I have increased my download speed almost by a factor of five. Obviously, your mileage and success will vary on your broadband potential. In many cases, however, this tweak will dramatically improve your torrent download speeds.
  8. Resuming a Torrent Download on Another Computer You are finishing up a torrent download of a movie to view on the plane; however, it’s not completely done. What can you do? This tech-recipes shows how to resume the torrent download on a different computer without restarting and re-downloading the whole file. Note: I tested this on Utorrent. This may work with other torrent programs as well. On first computer: 1. Save a torrent file (.torrent) and start downloading the file by go to File->Add torrent->Point to the .torrent file. 2. When you have to stop the download process, click on Stop button. 3. Go to Utorrent default download folder (Default: C:\Users\Your user name\Downloads on Windows 7) and copy the data folder or file which has the same name with the torrent file (example: if your torrent file is abc.torrent, then copy the file or folder with the name abc) 4. Copy the torrent file (.torrent) and that data folder to your USB drive. We will resume the download process on the second computer using them. On second computer: 1. Copy the torrent data folder in your USB, go to Utorrent default download folder and paste it there. 2. Lauch Utorrent and go to File->Add Torrent…. and point to the torrent file (.torrent) on your USB, hit Open. 3. After that, your download process will be resumed.
  9. Newsgroups: What are PAR and PAR2 Files and How Do I Use Them? Since Usenet (also referred to as newsgroups) news servers place limits on how many lines they will accept, software (warez) and multimedia files (such as mp3, avi, and even DVD) are posted to the newsgroups by splitting the large files into an archive of smaller, compressed files. The problem with this is that one or more of the compressed files can end up being corrupted or not even be on the news server at all. Parchive files (PAR and PAR2) are the saving grace for this headache. Once downloaded, the parchive files for a selected archive can reconstruct missing or damaged files in that archive. According to Wikipedia, PAR and PAR2 files are used to repair damaged files based on their binary pattern. If you want to read more on the topic, I highly suggest starting with their article. Before you start experimenting with PAR and PAR2 files, download and install QuickPar. Once QuickPar is installed, open it and click the Options button at the bottom of the application. In the Integration section, click the Associate with PAR files checkbox. This will allow you to easily use QuickPar for both PAR and PAR2 files. Now go ahead and close QuickPar and start up your newsreader software (such as Forte Agent or GrabIt) and update the headers for your favorite binary newsgroup. After performing the update, you will be presented with (hopefully) a long list of various files on the server for that newsgroup. Our example will revolve around alt.binaries.freeware, but the steps will hold true for any of the binary newsgroups. If you take a closer look at the various lines, you will see some archives that are followed by a group of files with a PAR or PAR2 extension. When parchive files are available for an archive, you should always include them in your download queue. You would never kick yourself for having them and not needing them but you’ll be throwing a fit if you need them and don’t have them. Imagine spending all day downloading an entire archive, only to find that one of the lines is missing or corrupt. To make matters worse, the server has removed the files. If you took my recommendation and downloaded the parchive files, then all is not lost. Go to the directory that you save your downloaded newsgroup files. Double-click on one of the parchive files for the archive. QuickPar will scan the archive for damaged or missing lines. If you have enough recovery lines in your parchive files, QuickPar can rebuild the archive. However, if it doesn’t work, check the AutoRepair checkbox. If you have the necessary amount of blocks in your parchive files, QuickPar will begin repairing the archive. Once it is finished, it will rescan the archive. If it shows that no repair is necessary, your archive is repaired and you can now use your compression software (such as WinRAR) to decompress the archive and get to the desired files.
  10. Magnet links versus torrent file Several infamous torrent websites have decided to move to magnet links exclusively instead of .torrent files. Here we provide a comparison and contrast between these two file types and describe why these sites have ultimately decided to make the switch. The most important thing that users will need to understand is that the major torrent sites will continue to function in the same manner. Downloading files is still goal, and all modern torrent clients have had the capabilities of using magnet links along with .torrent files for quite a while. Although most users will use them the same, important differences do exist. The difference in .torrent files and magnet links To explain this better, let’s use an example. Let’s assume that I go on a popular torrent website looking to download a linux distro. By using torrents instead of downloading the file directly, I likely can download it faster, help other people download it faster, and save the linux distributor some bandwidth cost. When my torrent client reads a .torrent file, it learns how the file collection is divided and where it can download all the pieces. The .torrent file just provides the directions for the torrent client on how to find and download all the chunks of data. Once downloaded, the client rebuilds the chunks into my working linux distro. Since .torrent files are simple data files, they are easy to read, find and scrape. Therefore, they are copied and shared quite prolifically. Magnet links accomplish the same sharing of data without using an actual .torrent file. Instead of an actual .torrent file sitting on a server describing the data chunks, the magnet link itself describes the methods. In fact, magnet links can use methods of obtaining the file other than or in addition to those of torrents. The magnet link gives the torrent client enough information to reach out to other users to grab the data needed to start the downloading process. Thus, magnet links allows users to get the download information directly from other users instead of through an actual .torrent file. Why the move away from .torrent files? A .torrent file is a file that sits on a server somewhere. The files take up space. For somebody to share a .torrent that server must be up and available to all parties. With torrent index sites frequently under attack for their potentially illegal uses, an available server is not guaranteed. By doing away with the .torrent files, magnet links takes the dependence of the server out of the equation. By using the magnet link, users can get information from other users directly. Additionally, by this process the user increases his or her chance of the torrent process working in case the original tracker is not public or closed. Advantages of magnet links over .torrent files 1. Torrent index sites will have lower bandwidth and space requirements. 2. Easier to share just a link than to share a link to a file on a server. 3. Magnet links should be updated where .torrent files may not be. 4. Better chance of success even if a specific tracker is not available. 5. Ability to obtain download from alternative, non-torrent methods. Disadvantages of magnet liks over .torrent files 1. Initially they are slower as connections are made to other peers to find the data. 2. It’s more difficult to download specific files using magnet links versus torrents.
  11. What is the Bit Torrent Network This article answers the following questions: What is the Bit Torrent Network? How did the Torrent Network begin? What are Torrents files? Definitions of Bit Torrent Bit Torrent Inc gives the following description: BitTorrent is a peer-assisted, digital content delivery platform that provides the fastest, most efficient means of distributing, discovering, and consuming large, high-quality files on the Web. Our mission is simple: to deliver the content that entertains and informs the digital world. Wikipedia defines the Bit Torrent as the following: BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer (P2P) file distribution protocol, and a free software implementation of that protocol. The protocol was originally designed and created by programmer Bram Cohen, and is now maintained by BitTorrent, Inc. BitTorrent is designed to distribute large amounts of data widely without incurring the corresponding consumption in costly server and bandwidth resources. Users browse the web to find a torrent file of interest, download it and open it with a BitTorrent client program. The client connects to the tracker specified in the torrent file, which sends it a list of other peers currently downloading pieces of the file to be downloaded. The client connects to those peers to obtain the various pieces. Such a group of peers connected to each other to share a torrent is called a swarm. If the swarm contains only the initial seeder, the client connects directly to it and begins to request pieces. As peers enter the swarm, they begin to trade pieces with one another, instead of downloading directly from the seeder. Clients incorporate mechanisms to optimize their download and upload rates; for example they download pieces in a random order, to increase the opportunity to exchange data, which is only possible if two peers have a different pieces of the file. The effectiveness of this data exchange depends largely on the policies that clients use to determine to whom to send data. Clients may prefer to send data to peers that send data back to them (a tit for tat scheme), which encourages fair trading. But strict policies often result in suboptimal situations, where newly joined peers are unable to receive any data (because they don't have any pieces yet to trade themselves) and two peers with a good connection between them do not exchange data simply because neither of them wants to take the initiative. To counter these effects, the official BitTorrent client program uses a mechanism called “optimistic unchoking,� where the client reserves a portion of its available bandwidth for sending pieces to random peers (not necessarily known-good partners, so called preferred peers), in hopes of discovering even better partners and to ensure that newcomers get a chance to join the swarm.
  12. Introduction to Git Introduction Git is a version control system (VCS) created for a single task: managing changes to your files. It lets you track every change a software project goes through, as well as where those changes came from. This makes Git an essential tool for managing large projects, but it can also open up a vast array of possibilities for your personal workflow. A Brief History of Revision Control We’ll talk more about the core philosophy behind Git in a moment, but first, let’s step through the evolution of version control systems in general. Files and Folders Before the advent of revision control software, there were only files and folders. The only way to track revisions of a project was to copy the entire project and give it a new name. Just think about how many times you’ve saved a “backup” called my-term-paper-2.doc. This is the simplest form of version control. But, it’s easy to see how copying files from folder to folder could prove disastrous for software developers. What happens if you mis-label a folder? Or if you overwrite the wrong file? How would you even know that you lost an important piece of code? It didn’t take long for software developers to realize they needed something more reliable. Local VCS So, developers began writing utility programs dedicated to managing file revisions. Instead of keeping old versions as independent files, these new VCSs stored them in a database. When you needed to look at an old version, you used the VCS instead of accessing the file directly. That way, you would only have a single “checked out” copy of the project at any given time, eliminating the possibility of mixing up or losing revisions. At this point, versioning only took place on the developer’s local computer—there was no way to efficiently share code amongst several programmers. Centralized VCS Enter the centralized version control system (CVCS). Instead of storing project history on the developer’s hard disk, these new CVCS programs stored everything on a server. Developers checked out files and saved them back into the project over a network. This setup let several programmers collaborate on a project by giving them a single point of entry. While a big improvement on local VCS, centralized systems presented a new set of problems: how do multiple users work on the same files at the same time? Just imagine a scenario where two people fix the same bug and try to commit their updates to the central server. Whose changes should be accepted? CVCSs addressed this issue by preventing users from overriding others’ work. If two changes conflicted, someone had to manually go in and merge the differences. This solution worked for projects with relatively few updates (which meant relatively few conflicts), but proved cumbersome for projects with dozens of active contributors submitting several updates everyday: development couldn’t continue until all merge conflicts were resolved and made available to the entire development team. Distributed VCS The next generation of revision control programs shifted away from the idea of a single centralized repository, opting instead to give every developer their own local copy of the entire project. The resulting distributed network of repositories let each developer work in isolation, much like a local VCS—but now the conflict resolution problem of CVCS had a much more elegant solution. Since there was no longer a central repository, everyone could develop at their own pace, store the updates locally, and put off merging conflicts until their convenience. In addition, distributed version control systems (DVCS) focused on efficient management for separate branches of development, which made it much easier to share code, merge conflicts, and experiment with new ideas. The local nature of DVCSs also made development much faster, since you no longer had to perform actions over a network. And, since each user had a complete copy of the project, the risk of a server crash, a corrupted repository, or any other type of data loss was much lower than that of their CVCS predecessors. The Birth of Git And so, we arrive at Git, a distributed version control system created to manage the Linux kernel. In 2005, the Linux community lost their free license to the BitKeeper software, a commercial DVCS that they had been using since 2002. In response, Linus Torvalds advocated the development of a new open-source DVCS as a replacement. This was the birth of Git. As a source code manager for the entire Linux kernel, Git had several unique constraints, including: Reliability Efficient management of large projects Support for distributed development Support for non-linear development While other DVCSs did exist at the time (e.g., GNU’s Arch or David Roundy’s Darcs), none of them could satisfy this combination of features. Driven by these goals, Git has been under active development for several years and now enjoys a great deal of stability, popularity, and community involvement. Git originated as a command-line program, but a variety of visual interfaces have been released over the years. Graphical tools mask some of the complexity behind Git and often make it easier to visualize the state of a repository, but they still require a solid foundation in distributed version control. With this in mind, we’ll be sticking to the command-line interface, which is still the most common way to interact with Git. Installation The upcoming modules will explore Git’s features by applying commands to real-world scenarios. But first, you’ll need a working Git installation to experiment with. Downloads for all supported platforms are available via the official Git website. For Windows users, this will install a special command shell called Git Bash. You should be using this shell instead of the native command prompt to run Git commands. OS X and Linux users can access Git from a normal shell. To test your installation, open a new command prompt and run git --version. It should output something like git version (Apple Git-33).
  13. Introduction to Internet Safety We all know we need to stay safe while using the Internet, but we may not know just how to do that. In the past, Internet safety was mostly about protecting your computer from viruses. But today, the Internet's vast reach, constantly changing technologies, and growing social nature have made users more vulnerable to identity theft, privacy violations, and even harassment. Adopting a safer mindset When it comes to the Internet, people generally believe they are safer than they actually are. Why? Well, often the impersonal nature of technology can give us a false sense of security. After all, no one can physically attack us through a computer screen. We tend to have an it-won't-happen-to-me attitude. We may even believe that our computer programs and the powers that be are automatically taking care of all that Internet security stuff for us. Sometimes we just avoid it all together because, to be frank, we just don't get it. Does this sound like you? Consider the following the questions: Have you ever Googled yourself to see what information can be found on you? Have you set your computer's security program to make sure you are getting regular updates? Do you have an external backup source for your computer? Are you enticed by emails or advertisements with special discount offers? When shopping online, do you check a website's security status before entering your billing information? Have you customized your privacy settings for your social networking accounts like Facebook, MySpace, and Skype? Do these questions make you nervous? Don't worry, this tutorial is not meant to scold or scare you but instead to make you realize that there are precautions we should all be taking on a regular basis to maintain our personal safety and protect our computer while using the Internet. Think of the Internet as you would a shopping mall Generally, a mall is not considered a dangerous place. We go there to shop, run errands, and meet people, but we also take precautions while there. We wouldn't leave our car unlocked in the parking lot or walk around with our wallet hanging out of our purse. We wouldn't tell a sales clerk our Social Security Number or give our address to a stranger we just met. The same applies when we are on the Internet. We need not fear our every mouse click, but we should take precautions to ensure our safety. Understanding Internet threats Before we can learn how to protect ourselves, we need to understand what the threats are on the Internet. Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn common Internet safety terms that pertain to our computers and identity theft. Internet safety and privacy In the past, Internet safety generally referred to threats to computer hardware or identity theft, but now with the Internet becoming more and more social, privacy has become a significant safety concern. Privacy violations can especially affect our mental and physical well-being, thus creating distress or harm from the following: Undesired advertisements that can be annoying Embarrassing or humiliating photos or videos Legal entanglements from libelous posts Cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking Identity theft Offline or real-world crimes Googling yourself Do you know how much anyone can quickly find out about you and your background just by conducting a simple web search? Most people don't know that personal records such as their address, phone number, and sometimes even pictures can be easily accessible to anyone online. While this information may not be harmful, in some situations you could put yourself at risk by not knowing what is out there. For instance, someone only needs to find out your home phone number, and they can find your address and directions to your house just by doing a simple online search. Google yourself regularly to find out which websites and public databases share information about you. Make the most out of your search Googling Yourself Enter search terms such as your name, email address, home and work address, and phone number in a variety of ways to get the most accurate and complete results. Also, putting quotes around your search terms tells the search engine to find a specific phrase just how you wrote it. This will make your search more efficient. First name and last name: "Will Bolding” First, middle, and last name: “Will Edward Bolding” Last name followed by a comma and then your first name: “Bolding, Will” Last name followed by a comma, your first name, and middle name: “Bolding, Will Edward” Street address: “2521 Street Address Lane” Phone number (using no spaces or hyphens searches all instances of your number): “9195554444” Email address: “boldingsoccer@email.com” Removing your information from websites You can ask a website to remove your information. Keep in mind that they are not always obligated to comply with your request. If the information posted about you is a direct threat to your safety and you need help negotiating with a website to remove the content, you can contact WiredSafety.org. They will be able to advise you on your specific case. You can also pay an outside service like Reputation.com to remove your personal information online. For most people, this kind of service is unnecessary, but keep in mind that it is an option.
  14. Online Australia Worst In The World For Piracy, According To Attorney-General Australia’s piracy crackdown is coming. It’s just a matter of when. The architect of the plan, Attorney General George Brandis, appeared before a Senate Estimates Committee late last week, and confirmed that the three-strikes plan against piracy is still on the table, but not before slamming his country with the brand of “worst nation for piracy on the planet”. In an exchange with Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam, Brandis confirmed that a three-strikes program is something he’s considering, given that Australia has such a torrid history with piracy. When asked by Senator Ludlam about anti-piracy measures he’s considering, Brandis replied: Unlike the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, France and many other comparable countries, Australia lacks any effective protection against online piracy. Australia, I’m sorry to say, is the worst offender of any country in the world when it comes to piracy, and I’m very concerned that the legitimate rights and interests of rightsholders and content creators are being compromised by that activity. Brandis was also asked about the three-strikes plan, and confirmed that it was still on the table for consideration. But that was all Brandis was willing to confirm: the Attorney General refused to reveal who he had been consulting with when it came to the development of the anti-piracy plan. The new Coalition government is considering a raft of anti-piracy measures, including a measured three-strikes plan that may see some users fined, charged or removed from their particular internet service provider if the warning limit is reached. Other methods reportedly in Brandis’ plan includes site blocking measures similar to those implemented in the UK. Sites like The Pirate Bay and other sites known to host anti-piracy material would likely be blocked under such a plan. Brandis has reportedly already taken said plans to Cabinet, and is in close consultation with the content industry and studios to make sure that the measures pass. What do you think is the best way to stop piracy in Australia? Tell us in the comments.
  15. Another OpenSSL Vulnerability Left Encrypted Data Exposed For 10 Years It’s been just a few months since the Heartbleed OpenSSL security flaw was discovered, and we’re now learning about a newly-discovered hole in the widely-used security protocol. The good news is that there’s a fix. The bad news is that the vulnerability has existed for a decade, and we’ll never know how much it was exploited. Wired reports that the OpenSSL Foundation, the non-profit that keeps a watchful eye over the security protocol, just published an advisory warning about a decade-old bug discovered by Japanese security researcher Masashi Kikuchi. Dubbed the CCS Injection Vulnerability, the bug allows attackers who are eavesdropping on a network to nab encrypted data during the “handshake” that establishes secure connections. During the handshake, the attacker can decrypt the data whilst forcing the servers to use weak encryption keys. Luckily, there’s a fix for the bug published by Kikuchi’s employer Lepidum, but because the attack leaves no trace, we’ll never know how many times the it was exploited, if at all.
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