Archive for the ‘Blocking’ Category
Russian Government Will Censor All Russian Pirate Sites. When Will The U.S. Follow Example Of Russia, China And UK?Posted: 2013/10/12 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
According to the minister there are around 160 local sites, ten of them very popular, that are causing serious concerns for the entertainment industries. Dealing with these, he says, can be a positive for the economy.
Call Vodafone, “Talk To Their Computer”, Provide The Mobile Number Of Any Person, And Vodafone Will BLOCK ItPosted: 2013/10/12 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
No (security) questions asked, no intervention by any employee of Vodafone. Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations was not amused when RTL blocked his mobile phone to show the potential of this security flaw
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New police unit has criminal and civil powers to seize money, belongings and any property in connection with copyright offencesPosted: 2013/10/10 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Online advertising, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Intellectual Property Crime Unit of the City of London Police has registrars suspend the domain names of major pirate sitesPosted: 2013/10/10 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Online advertising, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Q&A Between Dutch MP and Minister Of Justice About The Fact That 25% Of 720 Million Porn Websites Are Hosted In The NetherlandsPosted: 2013/10/08 in Blocking, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Very free translation of a ‘sorry I don’t give a damn’ type of response by the Dutch Minister of Justice in relation to pornography online and the protection of children both as viewers and as victims… It’s clear that proactive action at the (very lucrative) source of all evil would have vast economic consequences for The Netherlands…
Dutch language source: https://zoek.officielebekendmakingen.nl/ah-tk-20132014-137.html
Q: Do you know that there are so many porn sites hosted in NL?
Q: What’s the reason for this?
A: The Dutch kick ass when it comes to our hosting capabilities
Q: Yeah but wouldn’t this incentivize activities and circumstances that are undesirable?
A: Well, the stuff is not illegal you know, and we act as soon as we receive information regarding child pornography
Q: OK, but are you in any way taking any proactive measures to thwart stuff like that?
A: Nah, we have Notice and Take Down agreements you know…
Q: OK, and how about protecting kids against the presence of porn on the net?
A: Yeah, you know we have a law somewhere that addresses that, and you know, it’s really up to the parents to deal with this…
Q: Ehr…shouldn’t porn websites at least check the ages of their visitors?
A: Ehr….the stuff is basically legal you know, and such measures can be really costly…and would probably not be effective as well…
Q: Alright, back to those laws then, are you gonna enforce those laws to protect kids?
A: Hah, well you know, the law requires one to pinpoint the victim involved you know. And the sites we’re hosting in The Netherlands are really offered to a global audience. And the Dutch hosting providers are merely a conduit you know…So it’s gonna be really difficult to enforce that law methinks…
Q: OMG, can’t you at least kill a couple of domain names then???
A: Well, if you have any complaints about domain names you can file a complaint with http://www.sidn.nl (hehehe, he doesn’t know that that only applies to .nl domains, hihi)….
Q: Well….ehr…I think I know where you’re coming from…but ehr…how about making a plea for better enforcement with the European Commission?
A: Is it that late already?? I really have to go now. But please do realize we’re not gonna enforce on any material that is basically legal dude!!!
LeaseWeb, the hosting provider who hosts MegaUpload, is also hosting oron.com and we found bestiality and kiddie porn on there and reported it to the Dutch police and little is done
Cyberlocker Oron said it needed to pay its hosting company, Netherlands-based LeaseWeb, $75,000 by last evening plus an additional payment of $280,000 by next Monday
Oron is not a legitimate file storage company and has no such characteristics,” the suit says. “Its website is a pornographic website which showcases images of an erotic nature to users of any age.
Dutch Police: Effect Of Leaseweb’s Upload Filter Against Child Abuse Images Is Negligible. No Contribution To Fight Against Child Abuse. Did Make For Good PR Though
Robert Mikelsons Case Generated 440 New Investigations Into Pedophiles All Over The World
Kaspersky’s ‘Gift’ To Dutch Minister Of Justice: 17 Percent Of All Malware In The World Is Being Distributed From The Netherlands. Small Country Now Ranking 3rd, After Russia And U.S.
Smaller Hosting Providers Push The Netherlands To Top Of The List Of Countries Hosting Malware Contaminated Websites
Dutch MP Sharon Gesthuizen asks Minister of Justice for more stringent regulatory climate for hosting provider activities, in an attempt to combat cybercrime in/from the Netherlands
The Netherlands, after the U.S. and Canada, appeared to be the third country in regards of initial seeders of torrent files published on The Pirate Bay
Dutch Internet Provider Greenhost Offers WordPress Plug-in To Circumvent Pirate Bay Blockade
The Netherlands Was Center Of One Of The World’s Largest Spam Botnets: The Grum Botnet
The Netherlands In Top 6 Countries Responsible For Cybercrime Activities
NASA has banned Chinese scientists, including those working at US institutions, from a conference on grounds of national securityPosted: 2013/10/08 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Legislation, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Nasa officials rejected applications from Chinese nationals who hoped to attend the meeting at the agency’s Ames research centre in California next month citing a law, passed in March, which prohibits anyone from China setting foot in a Nasa building.
The law is part of a broad and aggressive move initiated by congressman Frank Wolf, chair of the House appropriations subcommittee that has jurisdiction over Nasa. It aims to restrict the foreign nationals’ access to Nasa facilities, ostensibly to counter espionage.
But the ban has angered many US scientists who say Chinese students and researchers in their labs are being discriminated against. A growing number of US scientists have now decided to boycott the meeting in protest, with senior academics withdrawing individually, or pulling out their entire research groups.
The conference is being held for US and international teams who work on Nasa’s Kepler space telescope programme, which has been searching the cosmos for signs of planets beyond our solar system. The meeting is the most important event in the academic calendar for scientists who specialise in the field.
Alan Boss, co-organiser of the Kepler conference, refused to discuss the issue, but said: “This is not science, it’s politics unfortunately.”
Geoff Marcy, an astronomy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who has been tipped to win a Nobel prize for his pioneering work on exoplanets, or planets outside the solar system, called the ban “completely shameful and unethical”.
No “Spring” Of Any Sorts Allowed In The U.S. Part 2: Twitter Shuts Down ‘Truckers for the Constitution’Posted: 2013/10/07 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Twitter has suspended the account belonging to ‘Truckers for the Constitution’, a group that has received national media attention over its plan to roadblock traffic in DC and arrest members of Congress later this week.
No “Spring” Of Any Sorts Allowed In The U.S. About Facebook Censorship And Government Control
#OccupyWallStreet demonstrates that there are many ways to intentionally, accidentally or unconsciously but automatically disrupt the free flow of information
Movielabs, the R&D business for Hollywood studios, is demanding forensic watermarking for securing 4K high-def streaming video contentPosted: 2013/10/07 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Copyright holders want Google to remove pirate websites from its search results but Google’s Eric Schmidt says this is not going to happen
Truckers To Shutdown US Oct 11 through 13 – Adam Thompson Interviews Organizer Zeeda Andrews
Truckers To Shut Down America. GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013!
Visa Goes Anti-Gun: Restricts America’s Largest Gun Store From Processing Transactions (After 4 Years Of Doing Business)Posted: 2013/09/28 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
According to Larry Hyatt, owner of the largest gun brokerage firm in the United States, Authorize.net, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visa USA and one of the world’s largest credit card processing gateways, has terminated their relationship with the firm.
After four years in business with the Visa owned Authorize.net, Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Gun Shop, received an email indicating that the company would no longer provide its services due to “the sale of firearms or any similar product.”
Operator of H33t to Protest Domain Seizure in Court Per Request Of Domain Registrar Key-Systems. Will Testify Against Universal Music GroupPosted: 2013/09/24 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Litigation, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
TorrentFreak contacted H33t’s domain registrar, the German company Key-Systems, who confirmed that they were forced to take this action following a local court order obtained by Universal Music Group.
“We have indeed been served with a court order granting a temporary injunction requiring us to ensure certain content is not made available,” Key System’s Volker Greimann previously told us.
Recognizing that the case sets a dangerous precedent, the registrar is going to fight the injunction in court. One of the issues Key System plans to raise is that the site owner himself was never contacted by the music group.
The registrar asked H33t owner Shelby whether he is willing to testify to this in court, and he agreed to do so.
“I am ready to go in person. If they don’t already know my name then they truly are disorganized. It was never a secret,” Shelby informs TorrentFreak.
Don’t touch the data (traffic), touch the people…
Dutch language news article:
Freedom of information? Not on Facebook!
Just two weeks after Ars featured the work of a man who spends his free time late at night working on a browser extension that adds a slew of new features to Facebook, the famed social network abruptly trashed his extension’s Facebook pages.
On his blog, Matt Kruse, the creator of Social Fixer, wrote on Thursday:
I’ve spent 4 years and countless hours building up a community around my software: my Page had 338,050 Likes, my Support Group had 13,360 members, and my Interest List had 1.47 Million followers. But all of that work was wiped out in an instant when Facebook decided to shut it down without notice.
Kruse clicked Facebook’s “appeal” button to try to reverse the decision to pull his page, but by September 11, it was completely removed.
The RIAA has obtained subpoenas from the U.S. District Court of Columbia ordering hosting provider Softlayer to hand over the IP and email addresses and all other identifying information related to the operators of several “pirate” sites. The RIAA wants to know who is behind the domains, possibly to threaten them with legal action, and further requests that Softlayer pulls the sites offline.
EU Parliament Has Voted AGAINST Blocking Of Gambling Websites. Everyone Is Addicted To Something AnywayPosted: 2013/09/12 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
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If Just 2% of Internet Users Are Responsible for Most Online Piracy, It Shouldn’t Be A Problem For ISPs, Search Engines And Authorities To Act Against That, Right?Posted: 2013/09/12 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Or are they trying to claim that, since it’s such a small problem, there’s really no need for any enforcement action?
Is Bruce Schneier Second To Wash His Hands Of NSA Disclosure (After Ellison)? Does He Genuinely Think This Can Be Fixed??Posted: 2013/09/05 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Network Security, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Government and industry have betrayed the internet, and us.
To the engineers, I say this: we built the internet, and some of us have helped to subvert it. Now, those of us who love liberty have to fix it.
[Indeed...it has been subverted by the builders, the engineers. They got paid twice...]
Bruce Schneier Warns Against Governments Trying To Clean The Security Mess That Is The Internet. Forgets That He’s Had His Chance
China seen probing IBM, Oracle, EMC backdoors and even frontdoors, after Snowden leaks (and Ellison interview)
Oracle’s Larry Ellison: “Who’s Ever Heard Of This Information Being Misused By The Government? [What NSA Is Doing] Is Great, It’s Essential”
Among the new URLs are eztvproxy.net and eztv.dashitz.com, sites that allow blocked subscribers to access the TV-torrent site EZTV. As with previous changes, the movie studios and the ISPs have not disclosed which sites are being banned.