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17
Jul
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Pirate Bay Crackdown Fails to Halt File-Sharing

Attempts by British courts to stop illegal file-sharing by blocking access to The Pirate Bay site appear to have failed. A major Internet Service Provider (ISP) has revealed that the amount of Pirate Bay file-sharing returned to typical levels just ... a week after the block took effect. Issued just over two months ago, Britain's court order to block access to The Pirate Bay was highly controversial. It was only the second time a UK court had ordered such a block on copyright grounds, and came despite the fact that The Pirate Bay does not host any actual files. The key to the case was that while ... (view more)

Fri
13
Jul
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Yahoo User Details Exposed by Massive SQL Hack

Hackers have posted a list of some 453,000 Yahoo user names and their passwords. Although those responsible say they are merely trying to highlight weak security, observers say that some users could indeed be at risk. The log-in details that were ... stolen appear to come from Yahoo Voices, a site that is set up so users can post their own blogs and articles. Some of these posts earn their authors a small up-front payment, while those that attract a lot of visitors can earn the writer significant bonus payments. The hackers apparently gained access to the site's log-in database by means of a ... (view more)

Thu
05
Jul
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Google Kills Google Video, iGoogle, Other Services

Google has announced it will finally close its original video hosting service, Google Video, and will keep both YouTube and its video search site running. The decision, along with the closure of four other services, is part of Google's ongoing ... program to ditch ideas that didn't work out. The search giant says it has abandoned more than thirty programs since fall, 2011. Google Video was first unveiled in 2005. It was originally designed to host videos for users who didn't have their own web servers or couldn't cope with the traffic, if a lot of people watched their clips. After buying the ... (view more)

Fri
22
Jun
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Twitter Crashes Twice: 'UGNazi' DDoS Hack to Blame?

Hackers have claimed responsibility for an attack that sent social networking site Twitter crashing twice on Thursday, June 21, 2012. The hacking group UGNazi told CBS Atlanta that it was behind Twitter's forced outage. Whatever the source, the ... attacks took Twitter offline twice between 9 AM and 11 AM, US Pacific Time (PT). The site was restored to full functionality within an hour after the first attack, but then failed a second time. When down, Twitter was entirely unavailable across all platforms, including mobile apps. Twitter Blames Internal Error for Outage Initially, Twitter said the ... (view more)

Tue
19
Jun
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Use Internet Explorer 7, Pay Extra: Retailer

An Australian retailer claims it will charge Internet visitors an extra 6.8 per cent tax if they buy from the vendor while browsing its site with Internet Explorer 7 (IE7). Not surprisingly, it appears users may not actually have to pay this fee. ... Visitors to Kogan.com who are using Internet Explorer 7 will see a special pop-up screen reading: "It appears you or your system administrator has been in a coma for over 5 years and you are still using IE7. To help make the Internet a better place, you will be charged a 6.8 percent tax on your purchase from Kogan.com. This is necessary due to ... (view more)

Thu
07
Jun
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Hackers Steal Millions of Social Network Passwords

Business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn has been hacked. According to new reports, hackers infiltrated the site's systems and stole an estimated 6.5 million passwords. LinkedIn is a social media platform designed with business users in ... mind. It allows members to find past and present colleagues, to search for new jobs, and exchange advice and expertise with workers in their field. It's estimated that approximately 161 million people have LinkedIn accounts, which means that it's no surprise this most recent security breach has caught the attention of many social media users. Stolen ... (view more)

Thu
17
May
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The Pirate Bay Disabled by DDoS Cyber-Attack

During the past few weeks, The Pirate Bay file-sharing site has faced a number of serious challenges, including orders by British and Dutch courts forcing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block user access. Now, the controversial site is facing ... an even bigger threat: a special type of web-based attack has disabled the site altogether. According to recent reports, The Pirate Bay was completely disabled and inaccessible for more than a day after it was struck by what appears to have been a distributed denial of service (or DDoS) attack. This kind of attack involves a massive number of ... (view more)

Fri
11
May
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Another Court Orders ISPs to Block The Pirate Bay

The assault on The Pirate Bay continues with five Dutch Internet Service Providers (ISPs) ordered by The Court of The Hague to block all access to the file-sharing site. The ruling comes only a week after a number of British ISPs were given a ... similar order by the UK High Court. UK Internet providers Everything Everywhere, O2, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media were told last week to block subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay. The new ruling was motivated by the site's prolonged activity in providing users with access to content that, in some cases, violates copyright law. Supporters ... (view more)

Mon
09
Apr
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Anonymous Kills Downing Street, Home Office Sites

The international hacking group Anonymous has targeted the British government with a recent string of attacks. As a result, websites for both the United Kingdom's Home Office and for Downing Street were disabled. Anonymous , which is a loose ... collective of hackers from locations around the world, has become quite renowned in recent years. Members of the group, who call themselves "hacktivists" rather than straight-up hackers, have targeted credit card companies, copyright protection agencies, and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They prefer the term "hacktivists" because their ... (view more)

Fri
02
Mar
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Why Does it Cost $4,500 a Month to Run Infopackets?

Infopackets Reader Bill S. writes: " Dear Dennis, [Why does it cost] $4,500 a month to maintain your website? That seems very high. I realize I run a much smaller site than yours [150 users / published once a month], but I paid $192 to register my ... [website via registrar] and have my site hosted by GoDaddy for four years. That works out to four dollars per month. I also subscribe to Windows Secrets Newsletter and frankly get much more information from that newsletter and associated site than from yours. It's contributions only by the year and I send them $25. " My response: Respectfully, I ... (view more)

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