PureVPN Logs Helped FBI Net Alleged Cyberstalker

A Massachusetts man was arrested late last week on suspicion of conducting a cyberstalking campaign against a female former roommate, her friends, and family. Court documents reveal that logs, obtained by the FBI from privacy service PureVPN, helped the prosecution. Until now, PureVPN had always maintained it carried no logs…

SOPA Ghosts Hinder U.S. Pirate Site Blocking Efforts

US music and movie industry companies helped to get pirate sites blocked in many countries but on their home turf, legal action is surprisingly absent. For years we have wondered why local ISPs are being left alone and we now have an answer. Former RIAA executive Neil Turkewitz says that…

Private Torrent Sites Allow Users to Mine Cryptocurrency for Upload Credit

As cryptocurrency mining becomes more closely associated with 'pirate' sites, some private torrent trackers are implementing an interesting solution to their own economic problems. Through the use of miners, users are able to generate revenue for a site but they're also given so-called 'upload credit' in return, which in itself…

Hitman’s Bodyguard Pirates Get Automated $300 Fine

The Hitman's Bodyguard did well at the box office this summer but at the same time, it was one of the most pirated films. The filmmakers were obviously not happy with this development so in a counter-attack, they are now sending out automated $300 fines.

Students Overwhelmingly Vote Pirate Party in Simulated “General Election”

People in Need, a nonprofit that implements educational and human rights programs in crisis zones, has just released the results of a rather interesting project. After polling more than 40,000 Czech students aged 15 and above in a simulated general election, the local Pirate Party booked a decisive victory.

Spotify Threatened Researchers Who Revealed ‘Pirate’ History

A team set to publish a book on the untold history of Spotify were threatened by the company, one of its researchers has revealed. Earlier this year, Rasmus Fleischer, who was also one of the early figures at The Pirate Bay, said that Spotify used 'pirate' MP3s to launch its…

“Pirate Sites Generate $111 Million In Ad Revenue a Year”

A new report commissioned by the Trustworthy Accountability Group estimates that the top "pirate sites" generate $111 million in annual ad revenue. However, they say that this figure could have been twice as much without the ad-industry's anti-piracy efforts. While the numbers are certainly impressive, insiders and experts suggest they…

Yarrrr! Dutch ISPs Block The Pirate Bay But It’s Bad Timing for Trolls

By the end of today, two major Dutch ISPs will be blocking The Pirate Bay after several years of legal dispute. While local anti-piracy outfit BREIN will be rubbing its hands at this fairly historic victory, it comes at a less opportune time for the copyright trolls waiting to squeeze…

Cloudflare Bans Sites For Using Cryptocurrency Miners

Web-based cryptocurrency miners became a big thing recently when The Pirate Bay trialed one to generate extra revenue. Now, however, TorrentFreak has learned that Cloudflare has banned at least one torrent proxy site for deploying a miner on its platform. According to Cloudflare, unannounced miners are considered malware.

MPAA Reports Pirate Sites, Hosts and Ad-Networks to US Government

The MPAA has submitted a new list of “notorious websites” to the US Government. The list features a wide variety of pirate sites including The Pirate Bay, Gostream, and Rapidgator, and also mentions fully-loaded streaming boxes. For the first time, the overview also includes ad-networks, highlighting the Canadian company WWWPromoter…

Porn Copyright Trolls Terrify 60-Year-Old But Age Shouldn’t Matter

As people get used to the wave of copyright trolling that has flooded the Internet in recent years, fewer cases hit the headlines. Every now and again, however, a special case appears, such as the one in Canada where a 60-year-old woman has been accused of downloading porn several times.…