The incumbent phone and broadband provider for Hull and East Riding in Yorkshire, KC ( Karoo ), has welcomed a move by rival Virgin Media to publish its average customer broadband speeds each month and thus increase transparency. KC is one of the only other ISPs to adopt a similar system and even went so far as to completely remove advertised speeds.
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“The problem is with torrent sites, which usually do not oblige,” acknowledges Kumar. But AiPlex, which charges between $4,290 and $8,580 to ‘protect’ movies for a four-week period, have other tricks up their sleeve.
“In such cases, we flood the website with requests, which results in database error, causing denial of service as each server has a fixed bandwidth capacity,” Kumar reveals. And it doesn’t stop there.
“At times, we have to go an extra mile and attack the site and destroy the data to stop the movie from circulating further,” he adds.
Hackers crash Dutch anti-piracy site
According to Tim Kuik of Brein the attack started hours after the foundation served the owners of Pirate Bay, a Swedish site that allows people to illegally download movies, music and games, with summons to appear before a court in Amsterdam on July 21. The summons were sent over Twitter and Facebook because the foundation’s lawyers had not been able to physically locate the site’s owners. Brein wants Pirate Bay blocked for users in the Netherlands.
The attack, which Kuik says was a coordinated Distributed Denial of Service attack (DOSS) attack, was so fierce that the foundation’s website, anti-piracy.nl, was shut down. A DOSS attack is when a large number simultaneously send requests to a particular website, causing the server to crash. “Our servers are protected, so it must have taken a large number of computers to shut us down,” Kuik said.
Okpako Mike Diamreyan, 31, was ordered to serve 151 months in federal prison and pay a little more than $1m in restitution to the 67 victims he was was convicted of scamming from 2004 and 2009.
Betcha.com attempted to bypass the state’s prohibition against unlicensed gambling operations by giving the losers the option of backing out of their commitments to winners. Users who reneged were penalized only by the site’s “honor rating,” which other people could use to gauge how likely someone was to make good on a bet. Because losers were not compelled to pay, the clever folks at Betcha argued, no gambling took place on the site.
Washington’s Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously and unequivocally disagreed, saying in essence that if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . . well, you know the rest.
Even as the IEEE P1901 working group was set to meet this week to recommend its draft standard for broadband over powerline networks for official status, Netgear announced its line of Powerline AV 500 adapters that incorporate the HomePlug-compatible flavor of the standard. The new devices theoretically promise up to gigabit Ethernet speeds over home electrical wiring, and are the first to incorporate the newest standard.