Late evening Friday, January 25, U.S. Sentencing Commission website was hacked and government files distributed by Anonymous in what the group calls "Operation Last Resort" in response to the recent, tragic suicide of hacktivist Aaron Swartz.
he United States government says that Kim Dotcom, a German millionaire formerly known as Kim Schmitz, masterminded a vast criminal conspiracy by operating the file-storage site Megaupload. Dotcom, on the other hand, begs to differ. One year after the high-profile raid of his home and the shut-down of one of the most popular sites on the Web, Dotcom hosted a launch party for his latest endeavor, simply ... (more)
Court Refuses To Allow Copyright Troll To “Ensnare” Innocent Subscribers
posted 01/25/2013, 5:28 PM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] In another victory against copyright trolls in the United States, a court has effectively ruined an adult movie company’s chances of screwing any money out of potentially innocent Internet subscribers. The case, involving the identities of 110 alleged BitTorrent pirates, was kicked out by a judge after the plaintiff failed to explain how it would safeguard its IP address-based evidence from “ensnaring” innocent Internet subscribers.... (more)
The key difference is an encryption and decryption feature for data transfers that Dotcom says will protect him from the legal drama that has entangled Megaupload and threatened to put him behind bars.
The decryption keys for uploaded files are held by the ... (more)
Dotcom's Mega Launches To Unprecedented Demand
posted 01/21/2013, 2:57 PM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] The much anticipated rebirth of Megaupload took place in the last few hours with interest living up to expectations. In less than one hour the site picked up 100,000 new registrations, going on to 500,000 and beyond just a few hours later. As the site struggled to cope with demand it became unresponsive in the face of an unprecedented flood of users eager to test out the new file-hosting site. Just a few minutes ago the launch party at Kim Dotcom’s mansion began, with some interesting reveals.... (more)
U.S. Judge Dismisses “Copyright Shakedown” of Foreign Video Sites
posted 01/12/2013, 12:56 PM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] Tube sites EmpFlix and TNAflix, which grew out of the famous BitTorrent trackers Empornium and PureTNA, were targeted in 2011 by an adult rightsholder company in a copyright case. If successful it could have seen the sites losing their domains and being shut down. However, in a case described by their lawyers as “higher-end versions” of the current wave of BitTorrent troll suits, the non-US based sites have just come out the winners after a U.S. judge dismissed the case.... (more)
PARIS - Video posted online shows an unmanned drone buzzing a French police car in the streets of Paris.
The video posted by Team Black Sheep, a group that specializes in recording unmanned aerial flights, shows the unmanned craft landing on top of a box truck and stopping near a crowd gathered on a street corner.... (more)
Imagine the possibilities for copblocking from the comfort of your own home! - Chris
“Even mass murderers [like Breivik] should not be executed, in my opinion.”
“GW deniers fall into a completely different category from Behring Breivik. They are already causing the deaths of hundreds of millions of future people. We could be speaking of billions, but I am making a conservative estimate.”... (more)
Verizon Determined to Expose BitTorrent Copyright Trolls
posted 12/12/2012, 4:46 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] It’s now apparent that Verizon is fed up with the avalanche of mass-BitTorrent lawsuits and is determined to put an end to copyright trolls’ extortion-like practices. The Internet provider is asking a Texas court to grant discovery so it can expose how these companies operate. According to Verizon, copyright trolling practices don’t belong in court and the ISP equates the companies involved with “schoolyard bullies who push and shove until firm opposition is met when they shrink away.”... (more)
UK Streaming Link Site Operators Handed Suspended Jail Sentences
posted 12/12/2012, 4:46 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] Two brothers from the UK in their mid-twenties have been convicted for operating websites that indexed links to unauthorized streams of copyrighted movies. The pair were charged in 2010 and this week were handed nine month suspended jail sentences and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. The convictions follow an investigation by West Yorkshire Police in collaboration with the movie industry group FACT, who feel that in the UK the tide is turning in favor of copyright holders.... (more)
Monday December 10th, 2012
Kim Dotcom: Mega Will Turn Encryption into a Mass Product
posted 12/10/2012, 5:05 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] Next month Kim Dotcom will release a new and improved version of the now defunct Megaupload. Today, he unveiled the new look of the site by sharing several teaser screenshots, including one of the encryption interface. Mega, as the new service is called, will turn encryption into a mass product and Dotcom believes that with Mega’s help half of all Internet traffic will be encrypted in 5 years.... (more)
The 397-0 vote is meant to send a signal to countries meeting at a U.N. conference on telecommunications this week. Participants are meeting to update an international telecom treaty, but critics warn that many countries’ proposals could allow U.N. regulation of the In... (more)
Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Plan Delayed Till 2013
posted 11/29/2012, 12:41 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] The much debated “six strikes” anti-piracy scheme was supposed to kick off in the United States today, but this is not going to happen. The Center for Copyright Information has announced that the ISPs are not ready to send warnings just yet, citing Hurricane Sandy as one of the reasons for the delay. The scheme is now expected to take off early next year if everything goes according to the updated schedule.... (more)
Defense Distributed, a company which wants to extend the U.S. Second Amendment rights to the entire world, hopes to test prototypes of the printable weapons by the end of the year.
'This project could very well change the way we think about gun control and consumption,' the organisation... (more)
Tuesday November 27th, 2012
Verizon Sued For Defending Alleged BitTorrent Pirates
posted 11/27/2012, 1:58 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] A group of adult movie companies is suing Verizon for failing to hand over the personal details of alleged BitTorrent pirates. The provider systematically refuses to comply with court-ordered subpoenas and the copyright holders see these actions as more than just an attempt to protect its customers. According to the them, Verizon’s objections are in bad faith as the Internet provider is profiting from BitTorrent infringements at the expense of lower-tier ISPs.
Phone patents: An absurd battle
posted 11/19/2012, 8:49 PM (BBC News) [Category: Science/Technology] "To get an idea of the size of the problem facing the likes of Apple and Samsung, consider this: O'Connor believes - based on estimates from patent firm RPX - that there are about 250,000 active patents in the United States that may have some relevance to the activities of mobile device manufacturers out of a total of about 1.5 million active patents. That means that about 17% of all active patents in the United States are potentially patents on smartphone technology.
New Megaupload To Launch On Police Raid Anniversary
posted 10/29/2012, 1:18 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] January this year the U.S. Government destroyed Megaupload, but founder Kim Dotcom is a not done with the file-hosting business yet and is preparing a comeback with something bigger and better. Over the past months a group of coders have been working hard on the new “Mega” venture and Dotcom announced today that the raid-proof service will launch exactly one year after Megaupload was shut down.
With 50 million visitors per day at its peak, Megaupload was one of the largest websit... (more)
Cisco's CEO Rips Into The Patent System & All Who Abuse It, Big Or Small
posted 10/29/2012, 1:18 AM (Techdirt) [Category: Science/Technology] There are plenty of discussions about the problem of patent trolls, but if you think that's the only problem with the patent system, you haven't been paying attention. There have been a ton of major clashes going on between big companies, spending billions buying up patents, suing each other... and not putting that money into innovation or lower prices. So it's nice to see Cisco CEO John Chambers speak out against the patent system by calling out both the trolls and the big tech compani... (more)
Pirate Bay Moves to The Cloud, Becomes Raid-Proof
posted 10/18/2012, 8:59 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] The Pirate Bay has made an important change to its infrastructure. The world’s most famous BitTorrent site has switched its entire operation to the cloud. From now on The Pirate Bay will serve its users from several cloud hosting providers scattered around the world. The move will cut costs, ensure better uptime, and make the site virtually invulnerable to police raids — all while keeping user data secure.... (more)
Tuesday October 16th, 2012
File-Sharers Buy 30% More Music Than Non-P2P Peers
posted 10/16/2012, 5:46 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] One of the most comprehensive studies into media sharing and consumption habits in the United States and Germany reveals that file-sharers buy 30% more music than their non-sharing counterparts. The result confirms that file-sharers are actually the music industry’s best customers. In addition, the research reveals that contrary to popular belief, offline “copying” is far more prevalent than online music piracy.... (more)
Monday October 15th, 2012
3D Printer DRM Patent To Stop People Downloading a Car
posted 10/15/2012, 1:57 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] DRM systems in the digital media world are nothing new and are utilized extensively in the music, movie and video games industries. Now, after applying four years ago, a company has this week obtained a patent for a DRM system that aims to stop future owners of 3D printers from printing whatever they like. The dream of downloading a new pair of sneakers or even a car might already be in jeopardy, before it’s even begun.... (more)
The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.
This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures... (more)
Tuesday October 9th, 2012
Finally: BitTorrent Piracy Evidence to be Tested in Court
posted 10/09/2012, 5:05 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] A landmark order by a Pennsylvania District Court judge may become the turning point for the many mass-BitTorrent lawsuits that are sweeping through the United States. For the first time in these cases a copyright holder has been ordered to go to trial, instead of settling with the alleged file-sharers for a few thousand dollars. This will be the first time that BitTorrent-related evidence will be tested in a U.S. court.
Over the past two years a small group of copyright holders h... (more)
Megaupload Readies for Comeback, Code 90% Done
posted 09/24/2012, 6:49 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] January this year the U.S. Government destroyed Megaupload, but founder Kim Dotcom is a not done with the file-hosting business yet and is preparing to come back with a vengeance. The coding work for the new Megaupload is nearly finished, the servers have been ordered, and investors are lining up. A return of the file-hosting site appears to be looming.... (more)
NSIDC does not mention the record Antarctic cold or ice on their web site, choosing inside to feature an article about global warming threatening penguins.... (more)
Thursday September 13th, 2012
No Duty to Secure Wi-Fi from BitTorrent Pirates, Judge Rules
posted 09/13/2012, 1:17 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] A crucial ruling in one of the ongoing BitTorrent lawsuits in the United States has delivered a clear win for open Wi-Fi operators. Among other things, California Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled that Internet subscribers are not required to secure their wireless networks to prevent outsiders from pirating movies. In other words, people can’t be held liable for the alleged infringements of other people on their network.
BitTorrent lawsuits have been dragging on for more than two yea... (more)
Tuesday August 28th, 2012
New Megaupload Will Be Massive Global Network To Change The World
posted 08/28/2012, 4:43 PM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology]
Several weeks ago Kim Dotcom informed the world that Megaupload would be back, bigger and better than ever. Today, in a series of announcements he’s provided more intriguing details about the new service. “We are building a massive global network,” Dotcom revealed, while adding that hosters will all be able to connect to the network to add servers and bandwidth – providing they’re not in the United States that is. “I am going to turn this world upside down,” Dotcom warned.... (more)
I’m in favor of tighter gun control and a ban on weapons that are unnecessarily powerful but I’m afraid that technology will soon make any legislation that limits the availability of any kinds of guns ineffective.
To understand why this might happen, you need to understand a technology called 3D printing.... (more)
Tuesday July 3rd, 2012
$7,000 Fine for Sharing “WordPress For Dummies” on BitTorrent
posted 07/03/2012, 5:42 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] A New York federal court has ordered a rare default judgment in favor of John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest book publishers. Robert Carpenter from Poughkeepsie, New York, has been ordered to pay the publisher $7,000 in damages for sharing a copy of “WordPress All-in-One For Dummies” on BitTorrent. According to Judge William Pauley, the man is guilty of both copyright and trademark infringement.... (more)
Apparently radioactive material isn’t as dangerous as the EPA has made it out to be.
From the video notes:
Galen Winsor is a nuclear physicist of renown who worked at, and helped design, nuclear power plants in Hanford, WA; Oak Ridge, TN; Morris, IL, San Jose, CA; Wimington, NJ. Among his positions of expertise he was in charge of measuring and controlling the nucl
How Long Does Your ISP Store IP-Address Logs?
posted 06/29/2012, 3:19 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] The ongoing avalanche of mass-BitTorrent lawsuits reveal that IP-addresses can get people into a heap of trouble and it’s not unusual for Internet subscribers to be wrongfully accused of sharing copyrighted material. This begs the question, for how long are these IP-addresses stored? To find out, TorrentFreak asked some of the largest Internet providers in the US about their logging practices.... (more)
Friday June 22nd, 2012
Kim Dotcom: Artists Rejoice, Megabox is Not Dead
posted 06/22/2012, 5:08 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] Despite the huge upheavals of the last few months, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has announced that his answer to the music industry’s outdated business model is coming soon. The Megabox service will shift the balance of power away from multi-billion dollar corporations to the artists who actually make the music. “Artists rejoice. It’s coming and it will unchain you,” Dotcom says.... (more)
Wednesday June 13th, 2012
FOI Documents Show TOR Undernet Beyond the Reach of the Federal Investigators
posted 06/13/2012, 11:54 PM (Activist Post) [Category: Science/Technology] Recently released documents detail the federal government's inability to pursue cybercriminals shrouded by the tricky anonymity tools used by the Silk Road marketplace and other darknet sites - tools which are funded in part by the federal government itself. In this particular case, a citizen reported stumbling upon a cache of child pornography while browsing the anonymous Tor network's hidden sites, which are viewable with specialized, but readily available, tools and the special .onion domain.... (more)
Monday June 4th, 2012
Researchers To Release an Anonymous BitTorrent Client
posted 06/04/2012, 3:26 PM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology] Researchers at Delft University of Technology have taken up the ambitious challenge of creating a BitTorrent client which secures the privacy of its users. Their Tribler client is already completely decentralized, meaning it will still work even in the event that all BitTorrent sites are shut down. Anonymity is the next big step in its evolution. “We’re going to take Internet privacy to the next level,” the lead researcher says about the upcoming release.... (more)
In the next few years a slew of countries, including China, India, and Japan, are looking to put unmanned probes on the lunar surface. But more unprecedented are the 26 teams currently racing to win the Google Lunar X Prize -- a contest that will award $20 million to the first private company to land a robot on the lunar surface, travel a third of a mile, a... (more)
First off, the US has no ownership over that unclaimed land, second I say tare it the hell up, let's see what they find. - Chris
Hands-free motion control, a technology pioneered by Nintendo's Wii and later improved upon by Microsoft's Kinect, just took a very big leap forward. Industries from gaming to surgery to architecture, engineering, and design may never be the same.
With the unveiling today of its Leap 3D motion control system, a San Francisco startup called Leap Motion has, well, leapfrogged the state of ... (more)
Yves 'Jetman' Rossy continues to push the boundaries of aviation - this time, by successfully completing a flight under a sunny sky over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Yves Rossy, the only person to fly with a rigid wing equipped with four jet engines, dropped from a helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, where he stabilised the wing and headed full throttle north to circumvent Corcovado. He then track... (more)