Which VPN Services Take Your Anonymity Seriously? 2015 Edition

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VPN services have become an important tool to counter the growing threat of Internet surveillance, but unfortunately not all VPNs are as anonymous as one might hope. In fact, some VPN services log users' IP-addresses and other private info for months. To find out how anonymous VPNs really are, TF…

*CENSORED* Fifty Shades of Grey an HD BitTorrent Hit

As predicted here on TF in January, an HD copy of Fifty Shades of Grey has just leaked onto the Internet from a Chinese source. But while hundreds of thousands of downloaders are going crazy for the quality, those looking for super-sexy scenes may be disappointed - the copy is…

EU Commissioner Wants to Abolish Netflix-Style Geoblocking

Andrus Ansip, Europe's Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, wants to abolish geoblocking. Restricting user access to content based on their location, which Netflix, YouTube and others do, is discrimination, he says. "I want to pay – but I am not allowed to. I lose out, they lose out," Ansip…

Under U.S. Pressure, PayPal Nukes Mega For Encrypting Files

After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega's encryption is being cited as a key problem.

Pre-Release Movie ‘Hacker’ Indicted By The Feds

The U.S Department of Justice has accused a 28-year-old Dutchman of stealing pre-release digital copies of the Hollywood blockbusters “How Do You Know,” "Rango" and “Megamind.” The indictment comes on the heels of the Sony hack, which prompted Hollywood to demand tougher cybersecurity laws.

‘Destitute’ Kim Dotcom Begs High Court For Millions

Kim Dotcom was in court today pleading for access to his seized assets. A reportedly "destitute" Dotcom asked for the release of US$152,000 a month for living expenses and as much as US$3m for legal fees. The Megaupload founder said if funds aren't forthcoming, living in a mansion may no…