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Tor Anonymity: Things NOT To Do While Using Tor

January 16th, 2016

By Ali Raza

Do you run Tor on Windows? Do you Google and

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RIAA lawsuit kills Popcorn Time-like free music streaming site

December 9th, 2015

Piracy site Aurous is disabled forever, according to lawsuit settlement. (credit: Aurous)

A music piracy site for the truly lazy that debuted two months ago agreed Wednesday to shut down and to forfeit its domain to the Recording Industry Association of America, which brought a lawsuit that is now being settled. The deal also calls for the Aurous site's developer, Florida resident Andrew Sampson, and others associated with the site to pay the RIAA $3 million in damages. Although it's a sum that likely won't ever be paid, it's a judgement hanging over their heads and a sum that the RIAA believes sends a message of deterrence.

"Aurous appropriately agreed to shut down," Cary Sherman, the RIAA chairman, said in an e-mailed statement. "It was the right thing to do. We hope this sends a strong signal that unlicensed services cannot expect to build unlawful businesses on the backs of music creators."

The law is clearly on Sherman's side, too. Under the US Copyright Act, the site's backers faced monetary damages of up to $150,000 per track.

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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke compares YouTube business model to Nazi art theft

December 1st, 2015

In Rainbows launched in 2007 without any cover art, so Ars' Sam Machkovech made and published this alternative album cover design for Seattle newspaper The Stranger. It's still his favorite. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

Radiohead has been among the most prominent rock bands to embrace the Internet as a music distribution platform—particularly with its pay-what-you-want launch of 2007 album In Rainbows. Since then, its members have frequently spoken out about how musicians have been denied their hard-earned cash by both major labels and music-streaming services.

On Monday, pop music blog Consequence of Sound caught wind of an Italian magazine Q&A with lead singer Thom Yorke before the musician's planned performance at a concert linked to the UN's latest climate talks. According to Consequence of Sound's translation, the chat went all over the place and included Yorke's thoughts about how he discovers new music lately.

"I certainly do not use YouTube," Yorke told La Repubblica. He explicitly called the company out for not paying artists or only paying them "small sums," even though the service runs advertisements before music videos play.

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Bosnian Band Releases Epic Video Song in Support of The Pirate Bay

November 7th, 2015

By Agan Uzunovic

A Bosnian music group has released a song in support

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BitTorrent Patch Throttles Reflective DDoS Attacks

August 27th, 2015
BitTorrent today announced that a patch has been rolled out in the libuTP protocol used by many of its clients, fixing a vulnerability that allows attackers to carry out distributed reflective denial of service attacks.

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BitTorrent patched against flaw that allowed crippling DoS attacks

August 27th, 2015

The maintainers of the open BitTorrent protocol for file sharing have fixed a vulnerability that allowed lone attackers with only modest resources to take down large sites using a new form of denial-of-service attack.

The technique was disclosed two weeks ago in a research paper submitted to the 9th Usenix Workshop on Offensive Technologies. By sending vulnerable BitTorrent applications maliciously modified data, attackers could force them to flood a third-party target with data that was 50 to 120 times bigger than the original request. By replacing the attacker's IP address in the malicious user datagram protocol request with the spoofed address of the target, the attacker could cause the data flood to hit the victim's computer.

In a blog post published Thursday, BitTorrent engineers said the vulnerability was the result of a flaw in a reference implementation called libuTP. To fix the weakness, the uTorrent, BitTorrent, and BitTorrent Sync apps will require acknowledgments from connection initiators before providing long responses.

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Popular Download Service μTorrent wants you to pay for its Software

August 25th, 2015
Just to enhance the services being rendered. The popular peer-to-peer file sharing software application is aiming to achieve new heights by making their software be a paid scheme. uTorrent is one of the clients of BitTorrent Inc. (the parent company) which implements a BitTorrent protocol. Where each client is capable of creating, publishing, and transmitting any computer file over a

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Pirate sites ban Windows 10 over privacy worries

August 25th, 2015
Paranoia has spiked over the notion that Microsoft plans to keep people from running software they never bought.

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Using BitTorrent Vulnerabilities to Launch Distributed Reflective DoS Attacks

August 17th, 2015
Researchers warn several BitTorrent protocols can be leveraged to carry out distributed reflective denial of service (DRoS) attacks.

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How BitTorrent could let lone DDoS attackers bring down big sites

August 16th, 2015

Some of the most widely used BitTorrent applications, including uTorrent, Mainline, and Vuze are also the most vulnerable to a newly discovered form of denial of service attack that makes it easy for a single person to bring down large sites.

The distributed reflective DoS (DRDoS) attacks exploit weaknesses found in the open BitTorrent protocol, which millions of people rely on to exchange files over the Internet. But it turns out that features found uTorrent, Mainline, and Vuze make them especially suitable for the technique. DRDoS allows a single BitTorrent user with only modest amounts of bandwidth to send malformed requests to other BitTorrent users.

The BitTorrent applications receiving the request, in turn, flood a third-party target with data that's 50 to 120 times bigger than the original request. Key to making the attack possible is BitTorrent's use of the user datagram protocol, which provides no mechanism to prevent the falsifying of IP addresses. By replacing the attacker's IP address in the malicious request with the spoofed address of the target, the attacker causes the data flood to hit victim's computer.

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