Police Seize Two Perfect Privacy VPN Servers

VPN provider Perfect Privacy has had two of its servers seized by Dutch police, as part of an active investigation. Police bypassed the VPN service and went directly to the company's hosting provider, I3D, who complied with a subpoena requesting the hardware. At the time of writing, it remains unclear…

Attention Swedish Pirate Bay Users, Copyright Trolls Have Arrived

After years of being left alone by entertainment industry companies, regular file-sharers in Sweden are now in the cross-hairs of copyright trolls. Using data gathered by anti-piracy outfit Excipio, lawyers are about to send users of The Pirate Bay and similar sites demands for hard cash - or else.

New BBC iPlayer Rules Easily Defeated, Especially via VPN

A change in the law means that from today, all UK viewers of BBC iPlayer need to pay a £145.50 license fee, regardless of which services they use. The UK's TV licensing body says it will crack down on those using iPlayer without a license but in reality that will…

Pirate Android App ‘Store’ Member Jailed For 46 Months

A unique FBI operation carried out four years ago targeted several pirate Android app marketplaces, seizing their domains and arresting their operators. This month saw the first conviction, with SnappzMarket's 'PR manager' Scott Walton receiving a 46-month prison sentence for conspiracy to commit copyright infringement.

Attackers Infect Transmission Torrent Client With OS X Malware

Researchers at ESET say that malware designed to steal the content of OS X’s keychain and maintain a permanent backdoor was found in a recent build of open source torrent client Transmission. Following an investigation, the Transmission team say they were subjected to an attack on their servers. Steps have…

Europe’s Net Neutrality Doesn’t Ban BitTorrent Throttling

Today, the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communication (BEREC) published its implementation guidelines for Europe's net neutrality rules. While public protests resulted in several positive changes from a net neutrality perspective, BitTorrent throttling is still allowed.

TIDAL Downloads Made Possible by Teenage Coder

Subscribers of TIDAL usually need the platform to listen to their favorite tracks on repeat, but a teenager from Germany has other ideas. Coder and recent high-school student Lordmau5 has just debuted TiDown, a piece of software that allows Tidal tracks to be permanently downloaded to a desktop machine.

Kim Dotcom’s Extradition Hearing Will Be Live Streamed on YouTube

Kim Dotcom's request for his extradition hearing to be live streamed on the Internet has been granted by a New Zealand High Court judge. Beginning tomorrow, proceedings will be broadcast live on YouTube, despite protests from the United States that the stream could prejudice Dotcom's criminal trial in the U.S.…

Grumpy Cat Wants $600k From ‘Pirating’ Coffee Maker

Grumpy Cat is not pleased, yet. Her owners have asked a California federal court to issue a $600,000 judgment against a coffee maker which allegedly exploited their copyrights. In addition, they want damages for trademark and contract breach, and a ban on the company in question from selling any associated…

Kim Dotcom’s Extradition Appeal Gets Underway

Last year a District Court judge in New Zealand found that there was an "overwhelming" case for Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, to be extradited to the United States to face trial for their alleged roles in the Mega Conspiracy. Today the trio were in the…