file sharing en T-Mobile to Throttle Unlimited Data Subscribers in Certain Circumstances <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/t-mobile_0.jpg" alt="T-Mobile" title="T-Mobile" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Wireless carrier to crack down on P2P file sharing</h3> <p>T-Mobile said it knows which subscribers are "heavy data users" and engaging in disallowed activities such as peer-to-peer file sharing and tethering outside of the wireless carrier's terms and conditions. Beginning August 17, <strong>T-Mobile will throttle 4G LTE data connections to unlimited subscribers</strong> <strong>who use the service in ways the company doesn't allow</strong>. That includes using the service for continuous webcam posts.</p> <p>"Using the Service in connection with server devices or host computer applications, including continuous web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing applications that are broadcast to multiple servers or recipients, 'bots' or similar routines that could disrupt net user groups or email use by others or other applications that denigrate network capacity or functionality," T-Mobile told employees, <a href="">according to <em></em></a>.</p> <p>Subscribers not signed up to an unlimited plan don't need to worry themselves -- they'll hit their cap before it becomes an issue, so T-Mobile is willing to turn a blind eye. Throttling only applies to those signed up to the old $70 unlimited or newer $80 Simple Choice plans.</p> <p>This doesn't appear to be a widespread issue. According to <em>Recode</em>, T-Mobile is reaching out to less than two dozen customers about running afoul of the rules.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 4g broadband data file sharing lte mobile P2P t-mobile News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:46:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28348 at SugarSync Turns Bitter Towards Freeloaders, Going Paid-Only in February 2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sugarsync.jpg" alt="SugarSync" title="SugarSync" width="228" height="200" style="float: right;" />The free ride is almost over</h3> <p>SugarSync users who have been enjoying the service's free 2GB tier received some news today that they may find hard to swallow. Beginning February 8, 2014, <strong>SugarSync will no longer welcome freeloaders</strong> to the fold, and instead will adopt a paid-only model. On the bright side, customers will still be able to try the service at no cost for 90 days and 5GB (or 30 days for any of the paid plans), but after that, it comes time to pay the piper.</p> <p>"There are many companies in this space that are giving away free storage, however, most of these companies will not be viable. We are already in a solid financial position and this shift will further strengthen our business," <a href="" target="_blank">SugarSync CEO Mike Grossman said</a>. "Also, this change will allow us to better serve loyal customers and expand our service offerings. We’re excited about the next stage in our growth and confident that our customers and new users alike will achieve greater value through these enhancements."</p> <p>It's not clear if pricing for any of the tiers will change in February, but as it currently stands here are the paid options to choose from:</p> <ul> <li>60GB: $7.49/month ($74.99/year)</li> <li>100GB: $9.99/month ($99.99/year)</li> <li>250GB: $24.99/month ($249.99/year)</li> <li>1000GB: $55/month ($550/year)</li> </ul> <p>As previously mentioned, SugarSync allows a 30-day trial for any of the above plans, or you can test the service free for 90 days capped at 5GB. Once that expires, however, you must move to a paid tier.</p> <p>This is a bit of a bummer, as SugarSync is one of the better cloud-based backups out there. It's also risky on SugarSync's part when you consider the free alternatives that are available.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> backup cloud file sharing Software SugarSync News Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:05:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 26864 at Microsoft Engineers Predicted the Failure of DRM Back in 2002 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/usbkeyslots.jpg" alt="USB Keys" style="float: right;" />Ten years ago a group of four <strong><a href="">Microsoft</a></strong> engineers took to the stage at a security conference in Washington, DC, and presented a paper titled “The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution”. In this paper, the authors made a compelling argument describing how the rise of information technology would make it easier and faster for people to share files, and how DRM would do little to slow the process down. At the time this premise was a bit controversial, and as the authors openly admit, it almost cost them their jobs.</p> <p>The authors argued that, in theory, the only way to completely stop file sharing would be to create DRM methods so advanced, even the most tech-savvy users on the planet couldn’t crack it. Any break in the chain, or access to information pre-encryption would lead to release on the “darknet”, and make it impossible to contain. The darknet, as described by the authors, was any means of sharing information. This could be as advanced as bittorrent over the internet, or as basic as sharing a USB key.</p> <p><a href="">The nearly 8,000 word .doc file can be downloaded directly</a> for those with an interest, but as always it opens the age old debate. Is DRM more of a burden on honest consumers than its worth? It certainly doesn’t seem to be slowing down piracy.</p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Justin on </span><a style="font-style: italic;" href="">Twitter</a></p> drm file sharing microsoft peer to peer Security News Sun, 02 Dec 2012 17:56:05 +0000 Justin Kerr 24605 at BitTorrent Hopes to go Legit in 2013 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/bittorrent.jpg" alt="BitTorrent" style="float: right;" />BitTorrent, and the words “legit” are rarely seen in the same sentence, but the company behind one of the world’s most popular peer to peer downloading clients is hoping 2013 will be the year this all changes. Matt Mason, executive director of marketing for <a href=""><strong>BitTorrent</strong></a> claims he’s been working non stop with content companies for the last several years, and is looking for ways to<a href=";emc=rss"> warm relations, and create partnerships</a> to distribute content legally. As you would no doubt imagine, this is a bit of an uphill battle given how often the company’s products are used to share files illegally.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>“We’ve been trying to groom the entertainment industry to think about BitTorrent as a partner,” said Mason. “It’s a constant challenge,” he said. “People don’t even know we’re a company. They think we’re two teenagers in a basement in Sweden.”</em></p> <p>The company tried launching an iTunes alternative back in 2008, but the company’s 160+ million users, 40 million of whom use their products daily, simply weren’t onboard with the concept. BitTorrent is also hoping to continue licensing out its protocol, <a href="">Facebook being a high profile example</a> of a company that uses this technology to quickly transfer files during server updates. The company hopes at the very least partnerships with TV and set-top box makers will help them continue to push torrents as a viable protocol for inexpensive media distribution, and not just a source of piracy. &nbsp;</p> <p>Do you think BitTorrent can go legit? Or is the community backing this company only looking for a free ride?</p> <p><em>Follow Justin on <a href="">Twitter</a></em></p> bittorrent file sharing peer to peer piracy Software News Sun, 02 Dec 2012 17:12:00 +0000 Justin Kerr 24604 at Torrent Tracker Demonoid Goes Down for the Count <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/demonoid_logo.jpg" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Demonoid, one of the Web's largest torrent tracking sites and one of the most popular online destinations overall, has been snuffed out by Ukrainian officials. Demonoid's destruction doesn't come as a complete surprise following a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that knocked the site to the mat last month. Fans of the site hoped it was just a temporary blip and that it would be back up and running before long, but it doesn't appear that's going to happen.</p> <p>According to a translated page on <a href="">Kommersant</a>, Ukraine investigators made their way to ColoCall, the country's largest data center and home to Demonoid, and shut it down. The general consensus is that Demonoid went to some length to stay within Ukraine law, but fell into trouble when the U.S. got involved.</p> <p>Those responsible for running the site are still at large and believed to be in Mexico. What's more, Kommersant said it wouldn't be too much trouble for the site's admins to restore operations using a different set of servers, but they're reluctant to do so "because of the heightened world's fight against piracy."</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> bittorrent demonoid downloads file sharing Internet online torrent website News Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:19:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 23920 at File Sharers Easily Skirt European EffortsTo Blockade Pirate Bay <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/pirate_bay.jpg" width="228" height="215" style="float: right;" />Oh, those silly governments. Internet censorship won't withstand the onslaught of web-savvy geeks! Nevertheless, the British and Dutch governments recently <a href="">ordered ISPs to bar users from accessing The Pirate Bay </a>whatsoever. Despite claims from anti-piracy groups that the blockade is being effective, new reports show that simply isn't true, and one website even explains how you can bypass the ban using only a web browser.</p> <p>Yesterday, <a href="">ExtremeTech</a> studied <a href="">data from XS4All</a>, one of the largest ISPs in Europe. The graph below shows BitTorrent usage on the company's network, with the red line indicating the date that Dutch service providers were forced to blockade The Pirate Bay. As you can see, BitTorrent usage hasn't gone down, and if anything, it's gone up slightly. That coincides with <a href="">data from the University of Amsterdam</a>, whose research found the Pirate Bay blockade to be utterly useless, ExtremeTech reports.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u138055/graph2-300x101.png" width="300" height="101" /></p> <p>That's not surprising; anything you can find on the Pirate Bay can be found on dozens of other torrent sites, and as surely as haters are gonna hate, pirates are going to pirate -- if there aren't other affordable, easily accessed digital options available, that is.</p> <p>Accessing the Pirate Bay is incredibly simple even with the ban in place. <a href="">TorrentFreak notes</a> that would-be Pirates can simply boot up the Opera browser and activate <a href="">Turbo mode</a>. Turbo mode streams traffic through the Opera servers, compressing the data before dishing it up in-browser. It's made for users with low-speed connections, but since Opera's servers aren't behind the blockade, they pass on full TPB access quickly, easily and sans VPN trickery or DNS tweaks. </p> <p>No matter what you think of file sharing -- and I'm more of Netflix/Hulu/Spotify guy, myself -- it's been proven time and time again that criminalizing users and censoring BitTorrent-type download services simply doesn't work. Napster originally popped up more than a dozen years ago, after all, and we're still having these discussions today.</p> bittorrent censor europe file sharing government censorship pirate bay the pirate bay News Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:29:26 +0000 Brad Chacos 23720 at Megaupload Search Warrants Deemed Invalid, Police Conduct Questioned By NZ High Court <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/megaupload.png" width="228" height="181" style="float: right;" />That high profile, open-and-shut international case the U.S. government has against Megaupload is starting to look like it might not be quite so open-and-shut after all. Today, New Zealand Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann found that the warrants used to raid Kim Dotcom's mansion were insufficient and invalid -- and she says that the Megaupload server data taken by the FBI was taken illegally. </p> <p><a href="">TorrentFreak reports</a> that the New Zealand Attorney General's office claimed that the transfer to the FBI was legal, as it only involved data rather than the physical servers themselves, which stayed in the AG's posession. (Wait! Isn't the whole Megaupload case about the legality of intangible data?) Winkelmann rejected that argument and instructed the NZ AG's office to return all cloned drives and other copies of the Megaupload data, including any provided to the U.S. </p> <p>Judge Winkelmann also said the search warrants issued for the raid were too vague and non-descriptive, failing to detail the crimes Kim Dotcom and crew were accused of. That resulted in the seizure of pretty much everything in the house. Additionally, the judge thinks the raid may amount to illegal trespassing and illegal search-and-seizure by the NZ police. </p> <p>A senior, independent NZ High Court lawyer is now tasked with reviewing the evidence collected during the raid. Whatever the lawyer finds irrelevant to the charges will be returned to Kim Dotcom and not passed along to the U.S. government for review.</p> Digital rights file sharing megaupload news rights News Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:38:28 +0000 Brad Chacos 23673 at Dropbox To Ditch Public Sharing Folders For New Accounts <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/dropbox.jpg" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />The MegaUpload fallout continues: while the U.S. government's case for Kim Dotcom's extradition is still slowly winding its way through the New Zealand court system, other file sharing services are scrambling to preemptively batten down the hatches to try and avoid similar sanctions and woes. Today, Dropbox got in on the CYA action by discontinuing public sharing folders for new Dropbox accounts effective July 31st. </p> <p>"In April, we launched the ability to share any file or folder in your Dropbox with a simple link," <a href="">the Dropbox team wrote in an announcement</a>. "This new sharing mechanism is a more generalized, scalable way to support many of the same use cases as the Public folder."</p> <p>Basically, new users will still be able to share files with friends, but they'll need to generate and share a link to the specific file first, which Dropbox users can do already. If you're already a Dropbox user, fear not: your Public folder is staying safe, sound and open to all -- at least for now.</p> cloud apps cloud storage dropbox file sharing news News Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:32:44 +0000 Brad Chacos 23594 at Pirate Bay Plans On Taking To The Sky To Avoid Server Seizure <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/drone.jpg" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />Whether it involves magnet links, Swedish domain names or founders fleeing to other countries, the digital buccaneers over at the Pirate Bay have never been one to back away from a fight with authorities. Tensions have been rising after SOPA/PIPA and the MegaUpload take down, and Pirate Bay's operators have been feeling the pressure. As such, they recently unveiled a new plan designed to protect against government seizure: combining cheap radio equipment, low-cost computers and flying drones to create airborne servers.</p> <p><a href="">From the Pirate Bay blog</a>: <em>With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we're going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war</em>.</p> <p>I'm not exactly sure if government fighters shooting down private law-evading server drones counts as an act of war -- it depends on the countries and companies involved, I guess -- but it sure is a novel idea. The Pirate Bay calls the rigged drones "Low Orbit Server Stations" (LOSS) and admit they're still working on the technology, but claim to be able to "get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away."</p> <p>Thoughts?<br /><em><br />Image credit, NOT a picture of a LOSS drone</em>.</p> crazy pills drone file sharing news pirate bay seize seizures News Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:58:16 +0000 Brad Chacos 22948 at RapidShare Throttles Download Speed For Free Accounts To Drive Off Megaupload Pirates <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/rapidshare-logo.jpg" alt="Rapidshare" style="float: right;" />The demise of Megaupload has left a bit of a void in the file sharing community, and rival sites such as RapidShare are beginning to struggle with ways to combat the influx of questionable content. Last month representatives from RapidShare boldly announced to Arstechnicia that they were “not concerned” with the government crackdown on Megaupload, because file hosting is a legitimate business if operated properly. Either way it appears as though they have had to make a few <a href="">policy changes</a> as a result of their new found popularity, and these measures are clearly an attempt to drive away the un-wanted traffic and legal attention that comes along with it.</p> <p>RapidShare announced on Friday changes to the way free accounts are handled, and it will be interesting to see if it has the desired effect. “RapidShare has been faced with a severe increase in free user traffic and unfortunately also in the amount of abuse of our service ever since, suggesting that quite a few copyright infringers have chosen RapidShare as their new hoster of choice for their illegal activities,” RapidShare said, according to the TorrentFreak article. "We have thus decided to take a painful yet effective step: to reduce the download speed for free users. We are confident that this will make RapidShare very unpopular amongst pirates and thus drive the abusive traffic away."</p> <p>RapidShare may not be concerned with all the new traffic coming its way, but that doesn’t mean they want to end up like Megaupload either.</p> file sharing legal megaupload piracy rapidshare Software News Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:32:01 +0000 Justin Kerr 22791 at Leaked Recording Industry Document Threatens Google Lawsuit <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u94712/jolly-roger_4.jpg" alt="jr" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />The recording industry has long been critical of Google’s handling of its search results, and several months ago, the RIAA and IFPI accused Google of profiting from piracy, and throwing up roadblocks to prevent copyright holders from removing infringing material. According to a leaked document, this war of words might be headed to court soon. Industry groups have obtained confidential legal opinions on the viability of a <a href="">lawsuit </a>against Google.</p> <p>For its part, Google has always said it is only indexing the Internet as it exists. To proactively weed out everything that could be copyright infringing would break search and be nearly impossible anyway. The document details the ways Google has been cooperating with the industry, including providing a batch search interface to assist in tracking down infringing sites, and compliance in shutting down a number of Blogger sites hosting copyrighted content. The legal document claims that is not enough.&nbsp;</p> <p>A lawsuit would seek to force Google to stop providing links to pirate websites in search results. The RIAA and IFPI would essentially be arguing on antitrust grounds that Google’s market position should require it to censor its search results. If the case is filed as explained in the document, it would be truly unprecedented.&nbsp;</p> file sharing Google ifpi piracy recording industry RIAA News Thu, 16 Feb 2012 22:31:04 +0000 Ryan Whitwam 22724 at Study Finds BitTorrent Does Not Hurt U.S. Box Office Numbers <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u94712/torrent_camera.png" alt="torrent" width="282" height="246" style="float: right;" />Researchers from the University of Minnesota and Wellesley College recently got together to answer one simple question: does BitTorrent hurt U.S. box office numbers? According to this <a href="">study</a>, the answer is a resounding ‘no,’ much to the chagrin of the movie industry. The study did find a correlation in the data, but it amounts to Hollywood throwing away money.</p> <p>One of the talking points used to push SOPA and PIPA in recent months was the terrible impact illegal downloads were having on movie ticket sales. The paper in this case found that the volume of BitTorrent downloads a movie got had no measurable effect on box office numbers in the initial U.S. release. However, for films that were not released until later internationally, the study found a small decline in revenue in those markets (about 7%).&nbsp;</p> <p>“We do not see evidence of elevated sales displacement in US box office revenue following the adoption of BitTorrent, and we suggest that delayed legal availability of the content abroad may drive the losses to piracy,” the study reads. So really, if the movie makers are worried about piracy hurting the bottom line, all they need to do is release content in short order all over the world. When people are given the choice of snagging a pre-release leak, or going to the theater, they apparently choose the latter.</p> bittorrent file sharing movies piracy torrents video News Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:05:28 +0000 Ryan Whitwam 22651 at Ukraine Latest to Crackdown on Illegal File Sharing <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46168/ex.ua_.jpg" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" />This isn’t the <a href="">best time to be in charge of a file-sharing site</a>, with authorities around the world&nbsp; — everywhere from the United States to Middle-earth (or New Zealand as it’s known more popularly) to Sweden — currently on a rampage against online file repositories brimming with unauthorized content. Ukrainian authorities are the latest to crackdown on online file sharing, having taken down popular file-sharing site <a href=""></a> a couple of days back. But that’s not where the story ends. You know the drill: hit the jump for more.</p> <p>Usually, such takedowns quickly become a cause célèbre among hacktivists, who flock to avenge their demise. This particular case is no different. Following’s takedown by the Ukrainian authorities, <a href="">enraged Internet users attacked government sites in retaliation</a>. These people targeted the official sites of the country’s president and interior minister using the tried-and-tested distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) technique.</p> <p>In a statement on Wednesday, the Ukrainian authorities said had been under investigation since July last year, apparently after a number of companies complained against the site. But Microsoft Ukraine, one of the companies named as a complainant in the matter by the Ukrainian interior ministry, is said to have <a href=";cat=fin">denied being the “immediate initiator of the EX.UA inspection” as is being claimed.</a></p> <p>The ministry claims to have seized 200 servers containing as much as 6,000 TB worth of files in a raid on the site’s office.</p> bittorrent file sharing megaupload ukraine News Sat, 04 Feb 2012 14:08:15 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 22556 at Pirate Bay Operators Maneuver To Avoid Jail Time, Domain Seizure <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/pirate_bay_fist_0.png" width="228" height="223" style="float: right;" />By all accounts, 2012 hasn't been very nice to the torrent freaks over at Pirate Bay. Megaupload's takedown has them worried, and today, the Swedish Supreme Court ruled that Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström -- the original operators of the site -- will have to pay fines and serve jail time for copyright infringement. Is the ship going down? Nah -- the site says it has things in the bag.</p> <p>As soon as they learned about the Swedish Supreme Court's decision, the group switched its domain from .org to the Swedish .se, <a href="">TorrentFreak reports</a>. The change <a href="">is already in effect</a>. Why? Because the U.S. government can seize .com, .net and .org domains. Someone from Pirate Bay told TorrentFreak they made the switch "just in case ICE has been waiting for the court case to be over." ICE is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement wing of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and has been seizing domains of alleged copyright infringers left and right over the past couple of years.</p> <p>But wait: why should the Pirate Bay's owners care? Aren't they about to be thrown in the clink? Not so fast, <a href="">the Pirate Bay says in a blog post</a>.</p> <p><em>With this said, we hear news from our old admins that they have received a verdict in Sweden. Our 3 friends and blood brothers have been sentenced to prison. This might sound worse than it is. Since no one of them no longer lives in Sweden, they won't go to jail. They are as free today as they were yesterday</em>.</p> <p>So there you have it: the Pirate Bay just gave the middle finger to the governments of both the U.S. and Sweden. It'll be interesting to see where this goes.</p> file sharing news pirate bay the pirate bay News Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:19:53 +0000 Brad Chacos 22518 at U.S. Law Enforcement Used Warrant to Spy on MegaUpload <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u94712/megaupload.png" alt="mega" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />Ever since MegaUpload was hit with arrests and seizures last week, everyone has been wondering how the US government managed to get access to internal communications between the company’s founders. Most of the incriminating conversations cited in the indictment are Skype IMs that would have long been purged from Skype’s servers. According to <a href="">Cnet</a>, it has been confirmed that the FBI obtained a warrant to obtain the data, and that might have included using government-issued spyware.</p> <p>The FBI gained court approval in 2007 to use spyware that could be planted on a suspect’s computer, allowing the feds to monitor a user’s activities. While Skype deletes data from its servers after 30 days, a local log on a user’s machine could contain much older data. Some of the IMs in question are from 2007. It is unclear if 5 years of logs were on a compromised PC, but a possibility of a 5 year surveillance operation seems more unlikely.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 70 page indictment contains a multitude of IM conversations in which the founders admit to being a ‘risky situation’ with regard to the site. They also regularly downloaded infringing videos from the MegaUpload servers. How do you think the feds got all this evidence?</p> cloud copyright infringement file sharing government law legal megaupload online storage News Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:08:04 +0000 Ryan Whitwam 22500 at