Court Orders VPN, TOR & Proxy Advice Site to be Blocked

In the wake of a UN report urging the protection of encryption and anonymity, a website run by a human rights organization that monitors web-censorship and pirate site blockades in Russia has been ordered to be blocked. The portal, which offers advice on how to use tools such as VPNs, TOR and Pirate Browser, has been declared illegal by a court.

MPAA Threats Shut Down Popular Torrent Site BT-Chat

Popular torrent site BT-Chat.com has decided to throw in the towel after receiving a hand delivered letter from the MPAA. The Hollywood studios argue that the torrent index is in violation of U.S. law, and accuse its operators of contributory copyright infringement.

Advocate General Doubts Legality of Pirate Bay Blockade

In a landmark lawsuit over the legality of the Dutch Pirate Bay blockade, Attorney General Van Peursem has advised that the case should be sent to EU Court of Justice. Among other things, the Attorney General wants the EU Court to rule whether The Pirate Bay communicates illegal content to…

UN: Encryption and Anonymity Must Be Protected

A new report from the United Nations has underlined the importance of encryption and anonymity in the digital age. Penned by a UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression, the document underlines the importance of private communications and calls on member states to protect their use under law.

Hola VPN Sells Users’ Bandwidth, Founder Confirms

The operator of 8chan says the bandwidth of millions of Hola users is being sold for reuse, with some of it even being used to attack his site. Speaking with TorrentFreak, Hola founder Ofer Vilenski says that users' idle resources are indeed utilized for commercial sale, but that has been…

Seized Megaupload Domains Link to Scam Ads and Malware

The Department of Justice has made a grave error as several seized Megaupload domains are now being exploited for nefarious purposes. A few days ago both Megaupload.com and Megavideo.com began directing visitors to scams and malware, presumably because the FBI's cybercrime unit lost control of the main nameserver.

RIAA Drags CloudFlare into Piracy Lawsuit, Scolds LeaseWeb

After defeating the real Grooveshark the RIAA is now determined to do the same to a copycat site that claims to be its reincarnation. However, new court documents reveal that the lawsuit may be the start of a broader anti-piracy strategy, with popular Internet services such as CloudFlare and LeaseWeb…

High Court Orders UK ISPs to Block eBook Sites

The High Court has granted an application by The Publishers Association to have several major 'pirate' eBook sites blocked at the ISP level. The action, a first for book publishers, requires BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE to block sites including Ebookee, LibGen and Freshwap within 10 days.