IFPI Hijacks Pirate Bay Traffic

Last Friday, Italian ISPs started to prevent their customers from accessing the Pirate Bay. Strangely enough, Pirate Bay traffic is not redirected to Italian authorities, but to the IFPI, the infamous anti-piracy lobby of the music industry. Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde is not happy, and says it's a scandal.

The Pirate Bay Sees Boost in Italian Traffic Following ‘Block’

Following the decision in Italy to block access to The Pirate Bay comes the inevitable announcement. Has the world's largest BitTorrent tracker faded away in the face of media industry pressure? Hardly. Traffic from Italy to the 'bay has actually increased this week and the site has jumped 10 places…

RIAA Pays $107,951 to Alleged Filesharer

It has been something of a David and Goliath battle, but the first skirmishes in the war on file sharing are over. While the RIAA jubilantly claimed success last year, it is another case that has has now silenced the RIAA, as it avoids drawing attention to the case it…

Sharing 2999 Songs, 199 Movies Becomes ‘Safe’ in Germany

Prosecutors in a German state have announced they will refuse to entertain the majority of file-sharing lawsuits in future. It appears that only commercial-scale copyright infringers will be pursued, with those sharing under 3000 music tracks and 200 movies dropping under the prosecution radar.

EA Choose BitTorrent for Warhammer Online Distribution

Electronic Arts, the publisher of the upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, has chosen BitTorrent for the distribution of the closed Beta client. Included in the documentation is a recommendation to use a TorrentFreak 'speed up' guide.

TorrentPrivacy Review: Download Torrents Anonymously

Privacy has always been a major concern for BitTorrent users and there are only a few ways to remain anonymous. By using a secure connection, as the new TorrentPrivacy tool offers, you can bypass almost every firewall or traffic shaping application, while making sure that nobody can see what you're…

Critical Vulnerability Discovered in uTorrent

A vulnerability described as 'critical' has been discovered in versions of uTorrent and the official BitTorrent client. The 'buffer overflow' vulnerability can be exploited to compromise a user's computer for the execution of arbitrary code. It is suggested that users should immediately update to uTorrent version 1.8 RC7 or higher.…

Millions Download Olympics Opening Ceremony via BitTorrent

The opening ceremony of the 2008 summer Olympics, co-directed by Zhang Yimou, was a truly spectacular event. Not everyone had the chance to watch it live, but that's where BitTorrent comes in. The broadcast of the Olympics opening ceremony has been downloaded more than a million times already, and the…