Archive for the ‘BitTorrent’ Category

Mac password-stealing malware haunts Transmission app… again

September 1st, 2016
The official download of the Transmission app was hacked again: last time it was ransomware, this time a password stealer.

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KickassTorrents alleged founder Artem Vaulin arrested in Poland

July 20th, 2016

(credit: KickassTorrents)

Federal authorities announced Wednesday the arrest of the alleged mastermind of KickassTorrents, the world’s largest BitTorrent distribution site. As of this writing, the site is still up.

Prosecutors have formally charged Artem Vaulin, 30, of Ukraine, with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.

According to a Department of Justice press release sent to Ars, Vaulin was arrested Wednesday in Poland. The DOJ will shortly seek his extradition to the United States.

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uTorrent forums hacked: change your password now!

June 13th, 2016
The vendor that runs BitTorrent's forums was breached, letting attackers get at other clients' data, including the uTorrent user database.

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uTorrent Forums User List Stolen

June 9th, 2016
BitTorrent has warned users of its uTorrent client to change their passwords after a third-party breach allowed hackers to walk off with a list of its forum users.

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BitTorrent Inc. announces live streaming TV service powered by P2P

May 17th, 2016

(credit: BitTorrent Inc.)

BitTorrent Inc., the company behind the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, is planning to launch a live streaming TV service with both free and paid options. The company claims it will have better performance than existing services that broadcast live channels over the Internet.

Unveiled today, BitTorrent Live is "a multichannel, live, and linear video streaming platform" based on a peer-to-peer live video streaming protocol that BitTorrent has been developing for a few years. No availability date was announced, but BitTorrent said it will be available on Apple TV, iOS, Android, and Mac.

The company's announcement said that today's live streaming services usually use HTTP Live Streaming and are "notorious for latency issues, also known as lag." The BitTorrent Live protocol is an attempt to solve that problem.

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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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