Articles about Warez

Feds indict four over alleged Android app copyright infringement

The US Department of Justice has taken a break from handing Amazon an ebook monopoly and instead indicted four operators of Android warez sites. The four charged with criminal copyright infringement operated the sites Snappzmarket and Appbucket, whose domains were seized by the FBI in August 2012. Authorities allege that the …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2014

US warez sitemaster jailed for 30 months

A US man has been jailed for 30 months for copyright infringement over his involvement in the warez scene. David M. Fish, 26, of Woodbury, Connecticut, was further sentenced to three years on probation this week after he pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement and circumvention offences. The computer equipment used by …
John Leyden, 01 May 2008
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Warez backdoor allows hackers to pwn Twitter accounts

Twitter has lifted the lid on its recent advice to many users to reset their passwords for the micro-blogging site. Originally, it was thought that the guidance had come in response to a common or garden phishing attack. In a post on Tuesday, Twitter explained that the attack was actually far more devious and elaborate. Hackers …
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2010
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Nokia closes Porn'n'Warez swap site

Nokia is closing its Web 2.0-tastic user generated content website MOSH. The venture was unveiled with a chorus of kumbayas in June 2007, promising to allow users "to create, upload and share your applications, games, audio, images, and video instantaneously. Or you can just take it easy and enjoy what other people have decided …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Mar 2009

University website peddles Adobe warez

Get it while you can, folks: everything you need to install a pirated version of Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional on your Windows-based PC. The package, complete with a serial number, comes - wait for it - courtesy of the home page of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California's Irvine campus. ( …
Dan Goodin, 27 Mar 2007
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DrinkorDie warez leader jailed for 51 months

It took a while, but US Customs today got their man: Hew Raymond Griffiths, a ringleader of the infamous warez group DrinkorDie, was sentenced today to 51 months in a US prison. To recap, Griffiths, a 44 year-old British national, specialised in cracking software and distributing working versions over the internet - for free. …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jun 2007
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Warez servers in Germany confiscated

German police have confiscated five warez servers with 6 terabytes of illegal copies of movies and games in the German town of Coburg on the fringes of northern Bavaria. The servers, with names as Temptation and Paradise Island, were accessible to over 1,200 people for € 30 to 120 per month. Police arrested at least one 26 year …
Jan Libbenga, 02 Dec 2005
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Warez land man 30 months in prison

An Illinois man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his part in an organized online software distribution conspiracy, the US Department of Justice announced late last week. That's warez, if you don't prefer the grandiose. After serving his time, El will get an additional three years of supervision by District Judge Ellen …
Austin Modine, 05 Sep 2007

Two defendants in German warez case admit charges

Two of the three main defendants in the FTPWelt trial, which opened this week at the District Court of Mühlhausen in Germany, have admitted that they offered bootleg software, games and movies through a high speed download service The third suspect, lawyer Bernhard Syndikus, denied any wrongdoing. In 2004 the …
Jan Libbenga, 16 Feb 2007
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Killjoy Trojan deletes warez and smut

Virus writers have created a Trojan that deletes illicit files from compromised Windows PCs in addition to harvesting data from infected machines. Erazer-A is spreading (albeit modestly) across P2P networks, where it poses as useful program files, or through chat programs. If executed, the malware scours folders used for P2P …
John Leyden, 17 May 2006
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First of 15,000 German warez buyers brought to court

The state prosecutor's office of Mühlhausen in Germany has started criminal proceedings against the first of up to 15,000 users who, according to the German society for the pursuit of copyright infringements, have knowingly paid for illegal content on the internet. It is one of the biggest cases of Internet piracy and illegal …
Jan Libbenga, 28 Jun 2005
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German police to take 16,000 warez buyers to court

German police have exposed the names of thousands of users of an illegal Internet piracy site, in a crackdown on swapping illegal copies of movies, games, music and computer software. Three months ago German police arrested a 46 year-old lawyer who, along with two brothers from Thuringia, offered bootleg software, games and …
Jan Libbenga, 13 Dec 2004
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BSA stomps

The Business Software Alliance shut down 118 UK warez (pirate software) sites between January and September 2001. It also issued a further 584 with takedown notices. The BSA is most proud of claiming the scalp of, "a major illegal software site, which crossed at least nine international boundaries". The system …
Robert Blincoe, 18 Oct 2001
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Warez pirates caught by Operation Jolly Roger

Nineteen participants in the so-called 'warez' scene were indicted on federal charges last Tuesday for pirating more than $6.5m worth of copyrighted computer software, games, and movies and distributing it online. The charges stem from an undercover investigation, code-named Operation Jolly Roger, into a sophisticated online …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Feb 2006
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Worldwide Warez hunt nets first conviction

The US government has secured the first conviction in its ambitious Operation Fastlink program designed to nab software pirates. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported that Jathan Desir, 26, has admitted to distributing pirated software worth up to $200,000. The University of Iowa student is said to have had 13,000 software …
Ashlee Vance, 27 Dec 2004
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Witchfinder General targets NSA in Warez sweep?

Taking a break from clearing the US airwaves of profanity, the DoJ's Witchfinder General John Ashcroft today boasted of a piracy sweep that has netted 200 computers in ten countries worldwide in the past twenty four hours. With help from the MPAA and RIAA, Operation Fastlink is a joint venture between the FBI's Cyber Division …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Apr 2004

Warez site riddled with mobile malware

A search of sites hosting cracked versions of apps for Symbian phones has unearthed 52 "previously unidentified Trojans", according to New Zealand-based mobile anti-virus specialist Simworks. Other anti-virus experts reckon that the infected files found by Simworks are more properly described as repackaged versions of previously …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2005
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Windows Media Player sound files 'edited with warez'

PC Welt, the German computer magazine, claims that Microsoft has shipped its popular Windows Media Player with sound files that are edited with an illegal copy of SoundForge, a commercially available Sony program for manipulating audio. In one of the WAV files PC Welt discovered a reference to SoundForge 4.5 and a user called ' …
Jan Libbenga, 13 Nov 2004
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Three Brits arrested in global warez raids

Three people were arrested in the UK yesterday as part of an international crackdown on software piracy. The global operation resulted in 120 searches in 10 foreign countries. Searches were conducted in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, The Netherlands, Singapore, and Sweden, as well as in the UK. The …
John Leyden, 22 Apr 2004
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Games CEO finds himself reluctant warez hero

When Stardock CEO Brad Wardell released his game sequel Galactic Civilizations II recently, he had no idea he'd find himself mistakenly hailed as a poster child for the anti-copyright lobby. Or that a DRM company that makes copy protection for games would post details of where they could download illicit copies of his game. …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Mar 2006
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MS mullahs warez pirates

Microsoft's anti piracy campaign has got off to a storming start as the company has filed a civil action against the renowned warez site Godabuzz. In the UK an action has begun against an as yet unnamed site hosted in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Both are accused of offering pirated Microsoft products for sale. Godabuzz, based in Big …
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Aug 2000

'Warez lawyer' had double agenda - claim

More details have emerged on the arrest of a German lawyer and three businessmen who masterminded an international warez network and grossed €1m. A spokesman for German anti-piracy organisatin GVU told Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel on Friday (17 Sept) that the crackdown may have been the biggest blow ever against internet …
Jan Libbenga, 20 Sep 2004
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Insiders help Windows code leak to warez sites, claims ‘finder’

Microsoft's network security problems consist largely of two things - people, and the fact that there's demand for its software. Free, preferably. Practically all companies have the first problem, but Microsoft's problems with warez sites and piracy loom rather larger than, say, Sun's, IBM's or Oracle's. So go figure. People on …
John Lettice, 01 Nov 2000
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War on Warez

Managers of websites offering illegal business software could face criminal proceedings under new laws due to come into effect from the end of this month, the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) warned yesterday. The new law, precipitated by the EU's Information Society Directive, makes it an offence to "communicate to the …
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2003
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Man knows when you're signed in to GMail, Twitter, Digg

A UK-based web developer has figured out a simple way to tell if visitors to his site are logged in to Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Digg and thousands of other websites. One method developed by Mike Cardwell of Nottingham makes use of status codes returned by many sites, which differ depending on whether a user is logged in or not …
Dan Goodin, 26 Jan 2011
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US cyberwar firing range to demo by July

DARPA has announced that its planned "National Cyber Range" – an artificial, sealed-off internet inhabited by simulated nodes, computers, sysadmins, users etc in which the USA can test-fire cyber weapons and practice cyber combat – is to reach demonstration status by July this year. Lockheed Martin, working on the Range on …
Lewis Page, 26 Jan 2011
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Dog fight game bitten with pro-PETA virus

Supporters of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organisation may have embraced new measures in the fight for animal rights, allegedly releasing a malware-infected version of a dog-fighting app PETA wants banned. Virus spotter Symantec says it found an infected pre-release version of Dog Wars on warez sites, …
Caleb Cox, 17 Aug 2011
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Torrent crackdown pushing pirates towards file hosting

The crackdown on torrent tracking sites such as BitTorrent has encouraged software pirates to make greater use of file-hosting websites. Sites such as RapidShare, MegaUpload or Hotfile allow anonymous users to upload large files without charge. The services are intended for personal video file and backup storage but also have …
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2009
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For you, Tommy, ze warez is over

Letters Filesharers beware: the German authorities this week kicked in a few doors as part of the ongoing war against the illegal dissemination of music. For you, Tommy, ze warez is over: The German state prosecutor this week claimed it has searched 130 homes all over Germany and identified 3,500 suspects who have been offering up to …
Lester Haines, 26 May 2006

Chinese bot will slurp your Droid

A Trojan capable of stealing data from infected Android smartphones, and bundled with botnet-style functionality, has appeared in China. The mobile malware, dubbed Geinimi, which usually poses as gaming applications, has been uploaded onto third-party Chinese Android app markets. If installed, the malware sends personal data …
John Leyden, 31 Dec 2010
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Potty mouth hackers pwn TechCrunch (again)

TechCrunch has been hit by potty-mouth hackers for the second time in 24 hours. The second hack (image below) features a foul-mouth rant aimed against site founder Michael Arrington. It also includes a link to the same online smut and warez-peddling Torrents site "promoted" via the previous attack. Arrington, the crackers brag …
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2010
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Smut-peddling hackers pwn TechCrunch

Updated Popular technology site TechCrunch was hit by potty-mouth hackers late on Monday, leaving the site temporarily unavailable. A notice on's front page on Tuesday morning explains that " was compromised by a security exploit". Access to the site's story archive has been suspended leaving a two para …
John Leyden, 26 Jan 2010
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Dawkins' website forum hacked to send spam

A website forum run by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins was compromised on Monday. Cybercrooks hacked into the forum to send members an invite to sign up to a warez site. A message on confirms the hack and adds that site admins are working to restore the forum to normal. By Tuesday morning the forum was …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2009

Manhunt 2 leaked by Sony Europe employee

A Sony Entertainment Europe employee has been fingered for the warez leak of Manhunt 2. The as-yet-unreleased ultra-gorey game is the source of the latest fracas over violence in video games — a media cycle which more often than not transforms otherwise unmemorable titles into best sellers under the sheer weight of public …
Austin Modine, 22 Oct 2007
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Head of DrinkorDie cops to copyright charges

The kingpin for one the world's oldest and best-known piracy groups has pleaded guilty to software piracy charges, bringing a close to an international cat-and-mouse game that took more than five years to play out. Hew Raymond Griffiths - better known in warez circles as Bandido - faces up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in …
Dan Goodin, 25 Apr 2007
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Windows malware dominates Mac malware detection chart

Malicious files that use the the scripting capability of Microsoft Media Player to infect Windows machines have emerged as the main threat detected on the machines of Apple users who have taken advantage of Sophos' recent offer of a freebie anti-malware scanner application. The Windows-specific threat - identified by Sophos as …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2010

DARPA seeks network firing ranges for cyber weaponry

DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Project Agency), the Pentagon battle-boffins who would rather bet on a long shot than eat their dinners, are looking for the computer-net equivalent of a firing range or exercise training area. The proposed "cyber network ranges" would be used to test revolutionary new cyber tactics and combat …
Lewis Page, 04 Dec 2007
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MS preps all-new warez busting antitrust complying XP SP1

Microsoft's 'Seattlement' Service Pack for Windows XP is to go into testing within the next few weeks, and will ship later this year. The company doesn't usually make a big marketing deal of Service Packs, but for legal compliance reasons WinXP SP1 is special, so it's been taking some journalists through what's in it, how it …
John Lettice, 24 May 2002

Beloved websites riddled with crimeware

Sixty of the 100 most popular websites either hosted malicious content or linked to malicious websites at some point during the first six months of 2008, according to a new study by web security firm Websense. Many of these sites include search engine and social networking sites that are becoming a popular target for attackers …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2008
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Authorities search German anti-piracy group

German authorities searched the offices of the German Federation Against Copyright Theft (GVU) this week following a world-wide series of raids on warez operations. But the group, a federation commissioned by the film and entertainment software industry, has rejected claims it is being investigated for bribing administrators of …
Jan Libbenga, 27 Jan 2006

Accused web terror trio change pleas to guilty

Three men accused of inciting terrorism via the internet have all now changed their pleas to guilty. Younes Tsouli, 23, originally from Morocco and lately of Shepherd's Bush, native Briton Waseem Mughal, 24, of Chatham in Kent, and Tariq Al-Daour, 21, were on trial at Woolwich Crown Court. The three were said to have used email …
Lewis Page, 05 Jul 2007
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Mac malware piggybacks on pirated iWork

Malware masquerading as part of Apple's iWork 09 productivity suite is targeting unsuspecting Mac users foolish enough to install pirated software downloaded on warez sites. Once installed, iServices.A has unfettered root access, which it promptly uses to connect to a remote server over the internet, according to Intego, which …
Dan Goodin, 22 Jan 2009
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Microsoft issues emergency patch warning for IE

Microsoft will push out an emergency security patch for Internet Explorer on Wednesday, addressing a critical security hole currently being exploited in the wild. Redmond issued advanced notice for tomorrow's fix, describing the out-of-cycle patch as protection from "remote code execution." Unscheduled updates are pretty rare …
Austin Modine, 16 Dec 2008
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US Matrix-style cyberwar firing range goes to Phase II

US plans to develop a virtual network world - to be populated by mirror computers and inhabited by myriad software sim-people "replicants", and used as a firing range in which to develop the art of cyber warfare - have moved ahead. The so-called "National Cyber Range" project will now move forward to Phase II, and a brace of …
Lewis Page, 12 Jan 2010

MS issues brown alert over unpatched IE 7 flaw

Hackers have upped the ante by launching more attacks against an unpatched IE 7 flaw. Microsoft warned on Saturday that attacks targeting the vulnerability, which affects versions of its flagship browser on all supported versions of Windows, are becoming more widespread. The security bug first came to prominence a week ago, just …
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2008

Mobile Trojan kills smart phones

Virus writers have created a mobile Trojan capable of rendering an infected Symbian Series 60 unusable. Fontal-A is a SIS file Trojan that installs a corrupted font file on the device, causing it to fail when the mobile phone is next rebooted. Fontal-A is a Trojan, incapable of spreading by itself or via Bluetooth. The small …
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2005
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Mac malware tide on the rise

Less than a week after researchers spotted new malware targeting naive Mac users, two additional titles have been spotted. Security mavens at Mac anti-virus provider Intego say Trojan-horse software dubbed OSX.Trojan.iServices.B hitches a ride on pirated copies of Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Mac that are being distributed in warez …
Dan Goodin, 26 Jan 2009
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Apple fans targeted by smut-punting malware

VXers are targeting Mac fans via a pair of new malware-themed attacks, one of which is on offer through what purports to be a portal for adult videos. The Jahlav-C Mac-specific Trojan poses as an ActiveX update needed to watch grumble flicks, as explained by ParetoLogic here. The same booby-trapped website, which runs code to …
John Leyden, 11 Jun 2009
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Feds deploy massive anti-piracy dragnet

A US-led crackdown on online piracy led to raids in 11 countries this week. Operation Site Down is targeting "leading criminal organizations" that illegally distribute and trade in copyrighted software, movies, music, and games on the net. Since Wednesday 29 June, the FBI and law enforcement from 10 other countries (Canada, …
John Leyden, 01 Jul 2005
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Researchers dissect world's first Mac botnet

Fresh research has shed new light on the world's first Mac OS X botnet, which causes infected machines to mount denial of service attacks. Symantec researchers Mario Ballano Barcena and Alfredo Pesoli said the infections are the same ones described in this blog post from January. In it, the blogger - a self-described designer …
Dan Goodin, 16 Apr 2009