uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner, Users Complain

Many users of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent are complaining about it silently installing a cryptocurrency miner with a recent update. The Epic Scale tool, which slows down host computers, is reportedly being installed without consent and for some is particularly hard to remove.

U.S. Government Lists Top Torrent Sites as Piracy Havens

A new report published by the United States Trade Representative has listed the world's largest BitTorrent sites and cyberlockers as some of the most problematic copyright infringers in the world. Popcorn Time and its derivatives are mentioned too, with the former's creation blamed on YIFY/YTS. Domain name registrars are also…

WordPress Wins $25,000 From DMCA Takedown Abuser

WordPress has scored an important victory in court against a man who abused the DMCA to censor an article of a critical journalist. The court agreed that the takedown request was illegitimate and awarded WordPress roughly $25,000 in damages and attorneys fees.

World’s Most Beautiful Pirate Movie Site Killed in Infancy

A site to rival the beauty of any pirate movie service on the planet has been shutdown almost before anyone had even heard of it. Named after the infamous Popcorn Time, NachoTime flourished for about a week, with glorious presentation, instant in-browser streaming plus mobile device support. Dutch anti-piracy group…

.SO Registry Bans More “KickassTorrents” Domains

The registry behind the Somalian .SO TLD has banned more "Kickass" related domain names, citing illegal activities. The actions target Kickas.so, Kickasstorrents.so, Kickassmovie.so and several others domains, even a parked one. The owners, who are not affiliated with the popular torrent site, lost their domain names without prior notice.

EZTV Suffers Extended Downtime (Updated)

Due to technical problems the popular TV-torrent site EZTV has been unreachable for the greater part of the day. While there's currently no ETA for when the site will return, the group's torrents are still spreading through other sites.

ISP Categorically Refuses to Block Pirate Bay – Trial Set For October

Following a hearing last month during which agreement was sought between entertainment companies and Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget, the provider has confirmed there will be no compromise. The ISP will not block The Pirate Bay and insists that customers have the right to communicate freely online. A trial is now set…

Cyber Criminals Leak First Episode of “CSI: Cyber”

The first episode of the new drama series CSI: Cyber has leaked online. The show, which documents the hunt for cyber-criminals, has apparently fallen victim to its main subject. Is CBS being put in its place by 'hackers' or could the leak be some kind of promotional stunt?

U.S. Govt Files For Default Judgment on Dotcom’s Cash and Cars

After a U.S. court ruled that Kim Dotcom is not entitled to contest the forfeiture of his assets because he is a "fugitive" facing extradition, the government has just tightened the noose. In a filing before the same court yesterday, the U.S. requested a default judgment to seize the assets…

Google Slams MPAA Censorship Efforts After Court ‘Victory’

Google has claimed its first victory against Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood, who called for SOPA-like Internet filters in the U.S. After the court put Hood's subpoena on hold, Google called out the MPAA who they see as the main instigator behind the censorship efforts.

Viacom Sues Nickelodeon Streaming Pirates

Viacom has decided to get tough with a website streaming its content online without permission. In a lawsuit filed at a California court the media giant complains not only of copyright and trademark infringement but also cyber-squatting and unfair competition. Time will tell if Nick-Reboot.com's 'fair use' defense will prevail.

Pirate Bay Uploads Stop Working

The Pirate Bay is still having difficulty keeping the ship afloat. After a curious login problem redirected users to the wrong accounts this weekend, the upload functionality now appears to be broken. As a result, no new files have been added to the site for half a day.