Roku Shows FBI Warning to Pirate Channel Users


The popular media player Roku is flashing an FBI anti-piracy warning to users of "pirate" channels, including XTV. After been shown the FBI's well known anti-piracy seal, users are informed that unauthorized copying is punishable under federal law and that the associated channel was removed.

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 - almost.

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 SOPA's ghosts have been a major stumbling block.

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 is a virtual currency variant used to 'buy' content.

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.