Assassins Creed Origin DRM Hammers Gamers’ CPUs

Assassin's Creed Origins gamers are reporting massive CPU utilization. While the game is said to be quite resource-hungry already, game cracker Voksi informs TorrentFreak that anti-piracy efforts are to blame. With Denuvo in trouble, Ubisoft has called in reinforcements which are reportedly dragging down all but the most powerful machines.…

Despite Massive Site-Blocking, Russian Pirate Video Market Doubles

Site-blocking is supposed to be an effective tool for dealing with piracy but research from Russia paints a rather different picture. Despite blocking thousands of domains, last year the market for pirate video more than doubled in the region, with the average pirate site generating around $156,000pa and some into…

YouTube MP3 Converters Block UK Traffic to Avoid Trouble

Two of the most used YouTube to MP3 conversion sites have closed their doors to UK traffic. The surprise move follows shortly after another popular stream ripper, YouTube-MP3, closed its site as part of a settlement with major music industry groups. Is this the start of a ripple effect?

Anti-Piracy Outfit Behind ‘Pirate’ Site Reincarnations

In 2016, French police shut down the country's largest pirate site, Zone-Telechargement. The platform had millions of regular visitors, meaning a reincarnated site would be hot news. Recently a replacement appeared but with a remarkable twist - it's actually operated by an anti-piracy company.

Appeals Court Grills Cox and BMG in Piracy Liability Case

Internet provider Cox Communications and music publisher BMG presented their arguments to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit this week. During an oral hearing, both attorneys received tough questions about the piracy liability case. Judge Shedd noted that the legal battle is ultimately about two companies fighting over…

The Pirate Bay is Hard to Find on Google in Some Countries

Anyone entering the term 'The Pirate Bay' into a search engine should expect to get The Pirate Bay's website as the top or close to top result, since that's what the search demands. However, depending on where you are in the world and what variant of Google search you use,…

Copyright Professor: Don’t Pay Those File-Sharing ‘Fines’

Thousands of Swedes have received threatening letters in recent weeks, demanding hefty fines for alleged illegal movie downloads from The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites. According to Copyright Professor Sanna Wolk, recipients should ignore the threats and refuse to pay a dime.

High Court Passes Judgment in Illegal Sky Sports Streaming Case

A Sky customer who illegally streamed Sky Sports content via a piracy blog has been ordered to pay £16,000 in legal costs to the broadcaster. UK-based Yusuf Mohammed has also been ordered to provide the personal details of his co-conspirators while revealing how much he made from his activities. As…

Pirate-Friendly Coinhive’s DNS Hacked, User Hashes Stolen

Coinhive, the cryptocurrency mining service that has proven a hit with 'pirate' sites, has been hacked. After failing to update a password that was at least three years old and potentially part of an earlier breach, the platform's DNS records were manipulated, allowing hackers to "steal" hashes from Coinhive users.