Archive for 2012/07/27
A leaked presentation from the RIAA shows that online file-sharing isn’t the biggest source of illegal music acquisition in the U.S.Posted: 2012/07/27 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Stats / reports
The confidential data reveals that 65% of all music files are “unpaid” but the vast majority of these are obtained through offline swapping. The report further shows that cyberlockers such as Megaupload are only a marginal source of pirated music.
Yesterday, a million plus Demonoid users noticed that they could no longer access the site. Instead of the usual welcome screen users were confronted with a “server busy” message, suggesting that the BitTorrent tracker is facing technical difficulties.
TorrentFreak got in touch with the tech admin of the site who informed us that they are in serious trouble. Demonoid was overloaded by a DDoS attack which hit the server hard, resulting in a series of problems that may take a while to address.
“It started as a DDoS but then it caused a series of problems. These problems need to be fixed before the site can go back up, and it’s a complicated fix this time,” the Demonoid admin told TorrentFreak.
Aside from the DDoS assault, Demonoid’s server may also have been compromised by another attack.
“There might have been an attack from another angle, an exploit of sorts, but it’s hard to tell right now without a full check of everything,” the admin says.
Another IT cock-up at Natwest halted customers’ debit card transactions last night and took down online servicesPosted: 2012/07/27 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Stats / reports
Broadband ISP PlusNet UK has revealed that internet streaming services (e.g. YouTube) now account for over 42% of all usage on its network during the evening and often peak at 50-60% depending on what’s happening (i.e. big sporting events). A raft of other stats have also been published including some that hint at a possible abuse of the SkyGo service.
The total usage of PlusNet’s network has grown by 40% in the past year (note: doubled in just over 2 years) and audio / video streaming services make up over half of that. As you might expect most of this comes from the digital delights of YouTube (15% of total traffic during peak periods) and the BBC’s catch-up TV iPlayer service (10% of traffic). Reams of free content can be very attractive.
The ISP notes that traffic from newer services, such as Netflix’s unlimited movie streaming platform, is beginning to show but they’re still a long way off the big boys mentioned above. Similarly Spotify, an online music streaming service, only accounts for over 1% of the ISPs network bandwidth but is still described by PlusNet as being “clearly popular“.