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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

UK government-hosted talks spanning two Parliaments have culminated in Google and Bing at last agreeing to tweak their search results in response to copyright-holders' concerns, thereby heading off threatened legislation on their conduct. The code means Google, Bing and other search engines will demote illegal sites from the …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Feb 2017

Chinese pirates are facing lifelong 'social credit' downgrade

Copyright infringement and use of counterfeit goods in China could downgrade a citizen's "social credit" with lifelong consequences as the country gears up to overhaul its IP laws and institutions. Following the evolution that the United States made in the late 19th century*, Chinese businesses are growing away from their …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Feb 2017
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It's 2017 and 200,000 services still have unpatched Heartbleeds

Some 200,000 systems are still susceptible to Heartbleed more than two years and 9 months after the huge vulnerability was disclosed. Patching efforts spiked after news dropped in April 2014 of the world's most well-known and at the time then most catastrophic bug. The vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160) that established the …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2017

Pirates, pirates, whatchu gonna do? Advertisers cop a visit from PIPCU

Knock knock. Who's there? This Wednesday, officers from the City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) trying to get your advertising agency to stop helping pirate sites generate revenue. Eight organisations – from influential brands, through to advertising agencies and ad networks – got a polite visit …
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Icelandic Pirate Party sails away from attempt to form government

Iceland's Pirate Party (Píratar) has sailed away from an attempt to form a government for the nation. Píratar was given a mandate to form government after Iceland's elections ended in a stalemate and the two parties that won more votes were unable to cobble together a working majority. President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016

Icelandic Pirate Party asked to form government

Iceland's president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has asked the nation's Pirate Party to form government. A new proclamation and edict (PDF in Icelandic) gives Pirate captain Birgitta Jonsdottir a mandate to lead negotiations with rival parties in an attempt to find a working majority in the Alþingi, Iceland's Parliament. Jóhannesson …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Dec 2016
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Student clusterers blow off steam with VR space shooter at SUSE booth

HPC Blog There was some time for fun at the recently concluded SC16 Student Cluster Competition. Fortunately for us, right next to where the competition was held stood the SUSE booth, which was equipped with a great VR "space pirate" shooter. This, of course, captured our students' attention – particularly one from Team Munich. He went …

SpectraLogic SLACSS off to speed HPC archiving

SpectraLogic is cementing its BlackPearl gateway deeper into the Lustre and Ceph user communities with two new integrations. BlackPearl is a SpectraLogic system; it calls it a deep storage gateway, that front-ends disk and tape archiving to target back-end repositories, accepting and retrieving data through its HTTP command …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2016
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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

Thirteen more pirate sites have have been added to the list of domains that the largest UK ISPs must block*. This time the target sites are dedicated to binge-watching TV series and theatrical run films. Although nobody in the movie and TV business – which is fuelling a tech jobs boom in the UK – claims it's the only solution …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Nov 2016
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Iceland's Pirate Party tops polls ahead of national elections

The Pirate Party looks set for a successful outing in the coming weekend's Icelandic elections. A poll by local newspaper Morgunblaðið and the Icelandic Social Science Research Institute of the University of Iceland reports support for the Pirate Party is running at about 22.6 per cent, a point-and-a-half ahead of the ruling …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016

Dynamic IP addresses are your personal property, CJEU rules

The CJEU has affirmed personal property rights over dynamically allocated IP addresses, a move which brings European data protection laws into play. The case was brought by German Pirate Party politician Patrice Breyer, who first brought an action restraining the German Federal Government from storing IP addresses, allocated …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2016

Copyright zealots FAST to pursue 'far greater' fines for historic piracy

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) will step up its campaign to penalise pirates by seeking to get back monies lost to “historic” illegal use. FAST claimed it had run educational awareness events to cut down on intentional illegal use of software programmes, but had received 100 reports in the past year of wanton …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2016

Netflix pirates Netflix, for the sake of better video

You won't have to search for Torrents of Netflix's new 12-minute show Meridian: the streamer has published the program as a kind of “test pattern” for streaming technology. The program, which Variety describes as “spooky” and “confusing”, is at the Xiph.org collection of test media, under the Creative Commons 4.0 license. To …
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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

Result, guys. Result. A campaign by Digital Rights activists to preserve open Wi-Fi hotspots has resulted in Europe’s highest court deciding the exact opposite. The ECJ has advised that open Wi-Fi hotspots should probably be operated password-protected – and hotspot owners should require users to reveal their identities. The …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Sep 2016

Euro IP study finds 25 Tor-and-Bitcoin-loving pirate business models

Knock us over with a feather: a study by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has found that those who infringe intellectual property for a living are quite fond of anonymity technologies that cover their tracks. The Office last week emitted a Deloitte-penned study titled Research on Online Business Models …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016
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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

Comment Rolls-Royce and the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) believe the future of cargo transportation is autonomous – and they have published an 88 page white paper (PDF) to prove it. The company outlined its vision of remote controlled cargo ships at the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium in Amsterdam …
Matthew Griffin, 08 Jul 2016
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UK.gov rolls out 10 years' chokey for industrial scale copyright pirates

Digital Economy Bill As it promised in the Queen’s Speech – and as first revealed here – legislation will extend the maximum penalty for industrial scale online copyright infringement from two to 10 years. This is in the hope that criminal copyright cases are actually brought under copyright law. Because the maximum sentence is currently only two …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jul 2016

Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study

The well-groomed throng of bourgeois protesters that shunned the weekly Waitrose shop and headed for London’s Parliament Square on Saturday had something in common other than a common desire to remain in the EU. The demographic that closely mirrors keen Remain voters is more likely to download content illegally than any other UK …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Jul 2016

Word hole patched in 2012 is 'unchallenged' king of Office exploits

Possibly the most exploited unchallenged Microsoft Office vulnerability of the last decade was found and patched in 2012. Sophos threat researcher Graham Chantry says the longevity of the dusty bug affecting Office 2003, 2007, and 2010, is thanks to its constant adaptation by exploit kit authors, and a pervasive unwillingness …
Darren Pauli, 05 Jul 2016
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Revive revived: Oculus DRM push shattered as DIY devs strike back

The Oculus DRM system has been shattered, opening the door to modders and pirates. The Revive library was developed to allow Oculus games to be played on other virtual reality units and as a side-effect opened the doors for users to play pirate games. Specifically, Revive functions as a "compatibility layer" between Oculus' …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jun 2016
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Crims set up fake companies to hoard and sell IPv4 addresses

IPv4 addresses are now so valuable that criminals are setting up shell companies so they can apply for addresses, then resell them to users desperate to grow their networks. Criminals are doing so because there are no more IPv4 addresses left: the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) ran out in September 2015. ARIN …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jun 2016

This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

Special Report An upcoming EU court decision could strip half a billion EU citizens of their copyright protection, and all because of an accidental translation error. In practice, it means that a link to your stolen family photos (which would never happen because the cloud is so secure, right?) would be free to circulate and there’s nothing …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jun 2016

Queen’s Speech: Digital Bill to tackle radicalisation, pirates

Exclusive A new Digital Bill due to be announced in the Queen’s Speech tomorrow will contain a new 10-year maximum sentencing guideline for online copyright infringement, The Register has learned. Plans for a portmanteau bill were first revealed here back in January. The Bill gathers together a range of unrelated provisions on spectrum …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2016
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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

Comment A tasteless attempt to recruit Holocaust victim Anne Frank to the case of weakening European copyright protection has backfired on the EU's only Pirate Party MP, Julia Reda. On WIPO’s World IP Day last week, copyfighter Reda tweeted that she was “trying to read Anne Frank’s Diary” but couldn’t because of copyright terms. …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 May 2016
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Game of P0wns: Malvertising menace strikes Pirate Bay season six downloads

Scores of Game of Thrones pirates may have had computers encrypted by ransomware after malvertisers served the dangerous malware through the Pirate Bay during the mega-series' season six première last weekend. MalwareBytes researcher Jerome Segura says the hard-working Magnitude exploit kit authors were able to target pirates …
Darren Pauli, 27 Apr 2016

NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

A New Zealand couple had the honour of celebrating the world's first Pastafarian wedding on Saturday, when Ministeroni Karen Martyn joined Marianna Fenn and Toby Ricketts in noodly wedlock. The historic ceremony took place aboard a vessel in Akaroa harbor, where Fenn and Ricketts - dressed as pirates - exchanged pasta rings, …
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2016

The Pirate Party finds a friend: A-G backs member against Sony

The Attorney General advising the European Court on a case that pits a Pirate Party member who operated a public, password-free Wi-Fi network in Munich, has sided with the Pirate. Professor Maciej Szpunar’s opinion isn’t the law, but is often influential in advising the Court’s ultimate decision. Sony discovered the Wi-Fi …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2016
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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

This Damn War My first proper job was at the university at which I'd been studying; when I graduated in Computing Science there were a couple of tech support jobs going and I managed to bag one of them. I started as the Unix guy (these were the days when SunOS was still SunOS – the Solaris name was yet to come) but later on I gravitated into …
Dave Cartwright, 14 Mar 2016

Microsoft seeks Comcast subpoena to nab activation pirates

Microsoft has asked a US court to issue a subpoena to Comcast, in a bid to obtain subscriber-to-IP address information on users alleged to have pirated en mass copies of Windows and Office platforms. The subpoena filed with a Washington US District Court seeks to identify users behind IP address 173.11.224.197 alleged to have …
Darren Pauli, 09 Mar 2016

Actual pirates hack shipping biz servers to pinpoint vessels carrying precious booty

Clever pirates have hacked into a shipping company to determine the location of valuable cargo before hijacking vessels in targeted attacks. The criminals popped the unnamed company's in-house content management system, using that access to determine which containers have the most valuable cargo. This made its hijacks faster …
Darren Pauli, 04 Mar 2016
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Hollywood gives up speculative invoicing attempt in Australia

Copyright-holders of the film Dallas Buyers Club have given up their pursuit of Australian pirates after a local Judge blocked their efforts at speculative invoicing. The owners of the film have pursued Australian internet service provider iiNet for years, winning the right to access the details of subscribers it identified as …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2016

Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

Content crasher Adblock Plus says it has been uninvited from an advertising industry confab after paying a pricey entrance fee. The online advertising scrubber will have to stay home and sob after the Interactive Advertising Bureau reneged on its approval for the Annual Leadership bash in California this weekend. Adblock Plus …
Darren Pauli, 19 Jan 2016

You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

Kickstarter-funded developers are trying to create of a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game based on the world of data centers. Yes, data centers. Server Tycoon will place the player in charge of a small server farm with the goal to build their facility into a massive compute center, competing against other players in the …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jan 2016

Hollywood given two months to get real about the price of piracy

Australia's Federal Court has told Big Content to stop pfaffing around and make reasonable demands of those accused of illegally downloading The Dallas Buyers Club (DBC). The case has seen Voltage Pictures, the film's owners, take on a clutch of Australian internet service providers (ISPs) whose subscribers it alleges …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2015
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Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy'

Analysis The “digital music economy” now resembles three bald men fighting over the same hairbrush. It’s hard to think of a better emblem for where the current “plantation era” of internet exploitation has led us than digital music. And it’s hard to imagine a more perfectly shitty outcome for creators, and ultimately for consumers who …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2015
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Making movies: Sucking up on-prem files for cloud burst compute

Avere has won another movie special FX house as a customer. No surprise there, but this one uses Avere in the cloud to suck up data from on-premises Isilon filers to feed EC2 compute instances running the rendering work. ILP, or Important Looking Pirates, a Swedish animation and digital effects studio, has renderable and other …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2015
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China tells local cloud storage vaults to name suspected pirates

China's has issued strong advice to local cloud storage operators that they need to stop hosting copyrighted material. The National Copyright Administration has told local companies they must not just follow copyright laws, but implement technological and human-operated processes to identify and remove copyrighted works and …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2015

BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

The BBC is trying to block access to iPlayer from UK VPNs, crushing the spirits of those overseas hoping to get a fix of Doctor Who and other British telly. Auntie said it instituted the blockade to deter pirates from ripping off its dramas, comedies, documentaries and other programs, which are funded by TV license-fee payers …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2015

175,000 whinge to Microsoft about phone tech support scams

Microsoft has received more than 175,000 complaints about phone technical support scams since May last year, and Redmond says the "Hello I'm Joe from Windows Technical Support" callers will filch around US$1.5 billion from Americans this year. Redmond in response increased its education awareness through the American …
Darren Pauli, 01 Oct 2015

332M Kick Ass pirates get asses kicked by scareware ass-kickers

The world's most popular pirate torrent site KickAss Torrents is serving scareware advertising, helping dodgy call centre operators con users into handing over remote access to their machines. KickAss Torrents gained the top spot among movie, TV, and software pirates after the temporary scuppering of the Pirate Bay, which …
Darren Pauli, 28 Sep 2015
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UHD everywhere ... but it's not quite ready to drink, yet

IBC 2015 The annual gathering of the broadcast clans takes place in Amsterdam each September. At this year's International Broadcasting Convention, just as at IFA a week before there was UHD everywhere. But here, the focus is on production and distribution, not watching. While 4K – and the HEVC codec – are undoubtedly everywhere, there …
Nigel Whitfield, 16 Sep 2015
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Mad Max: High-octane dystopian desert demolition derby

Game Theory Having watched Mad Max: Fury Road I’ve been gagging to get my hands on my Magnum Opus car in the new Mad Max game. Up until the game’s release, all I have had to entertain myself has been news of the controversially rapey Furiosa comic and, joy of joys, a baking friend’s discovery for instant War Boy: silver spray icing. Lucy …
Lucy Orr, 03 Sep 2015

Jailbreaking pirates popped in world's largest iCloud raid – 225,000 accounts hit

The largest Apple iCloud raid in history has seen nearly a quarter of a million accounts compromised by malware targeting app pirates. The hack spree, affecting at least 225,000 valid Apple cloud accounts, is hitting jailbroken iThings – devices that have had Cupertino's strict device security controls bypassed and disabled. …
Darren Pauli, 31 Aug 2015

Tens of thousands of Popcorn Time movie streamers menaced by anti-piracy fleet

A pro-copyright lobbying group is threatening to sue some 50,000 to 75,000 people in Norway for using Popcorn Time movie-streaming apps. Norway's national broadcaster NRK reports that Rights Alliance has collected records on tens of thousands of people who allegedly used Popcorn Time to pipe pirated flicks over the internet. …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2015

Activist pens pirate's map to 'liberating' academic journals

The cause of those who feel that information wants to be free, and that academic research should always be, have a new tool: a guide to defeating tracking traps that could identify document leakers. An activist using the alias Storm Harding (@StormHarding) told the Chaos Communications Camp in Zehdenick, Germany, his "purely- …
Darren Pauli, 20 Aug 2015

You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

The UK government plan to jail online copyright pirates for up to 10 years has been attacked by legal boffins in a public consultation that ended yesterday. The British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA), said the idea was “unacceptable, infeasible and unaffordable”. The public consultation invited …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Aug 2015

Anti-botnet initiatives USELESS in sea of patch-hating pirates

Three Dutch researchers have crunched data gleaned from efforts to battle the Conficker bot and declared anti-botnet initiatives all but useless for clean up efforts. Conficker was born in 2008 spreading aggressively through a since patched remote code execution Microsoft vulnerability (MS08-067) that affected all operating …
Darren Pauli, 18 Aug 2015

Australian court slaps down Hollywood's speculative invoices

The legal brawl between the owners of film Dallas Buyers Club (DBC) and Australian internet service provider iiNet has dealt a blow to Big Content's speculative invoicing practices by requiring a bond to be paid before the film's owners can contact suspected pirates. DBC's owners initiated legal action back in February, when …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2015
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X-wings, pirates and a generic Lara: Gamescom 2015

Game Theory Missed all the news, announcements and hype that’s been pouring out of Gamescom over the last few days? Worry not, as we carve a path through the hype to bring you all the stories that matter from the Germany-based games show. Sony's absence spells trouble for Gamescom If you're the self-styled 'European E3', it's pretty …
Mike Plant, 07 Aug 2015

Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

Universal Pictures France appears to have tracked down one source of pirated copies of dino-flick Jurassic World: the loopback address of one of its own boxen. In a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice obtained by Chilling Effects, an entity called TMG on behalf of Universal's French limb demanded that Google remove …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2015