UK man given first custodial sentence for piracy as torrent sites continue to flourish

In a milestone case, a man from Liverpool in the UK has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of illegally distributing top 40 chart singles online. The 39 year old had been uploading the latest singles to a variety of torrent sites, as well as distributing acapella tracks intended for DJ-ing and creating remixes through his own site. The sentence is the result of…

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Capturing the mundanity of humanity: the rapid rise of live-streaming

Sandi Thom’s “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)” was a flop when it was released in October 2005. That it ended up topping the charts after it was re-released eight months later was down to the novelty of livestreaming. Her 21 Nights From Tooting tour was, as the name implies, 21 gigs performed over consecutive nights from her basement in Tooting. Each show was…

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There’s a new DDoS army, and it could soon rival record-setting Mirai

Enlarge (credit: ellenm1) For almost three months, Internet-of-things botnets built by software called Mirai have been a driving force behind a new breed of attacks so powerful they threaten the Internet as we know it. Now, a new botnet is emerging that could soon magnify or even rival that threat. The as-yet unnamed botnet was first detected on November 23, the day before the US Thanksgiving holiday. For exactly 8.5…

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DDoS attacks are powerful enough to cut off an entire country from the internet

There has been another worrying development when it comes to massive-scale DDoS attacks, with the latest victim being an entire country – Liberia over in Africa, to be precise. And as you won’t be surprised to hear if you’ve been following these stories, this is another assault which leverages the Mirai botnet to fire tons of traffic at the victim – that’s been the source of all these big attacks…

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Here’s why we need to act on DDoS, or face a dire future

Following the recent massive DDoS attacks powered by botnets which have hit the headlines, we’ve had another warning about the amount of potentially vulnerable devices out there which could be compromised and used in such assaults – and the worrying scale these numbers might reach in the future, unless we take action. Security firm BullGuard scanned in excess of 100,000 IPs hunting for such vulnerable IoT devices (including the likes…

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Ways To Communicate On The World Wide Web

A lot of person’s on-line enjoy a lot to chat. For many people this is the best method to relax and to keep connection with the people they know and with their best friends. At the moment on the online world in case you wish to communicate you should know that is incredibly simple. The main reason for this is really because there is an opportunity to discover a lot…

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The Importance Of Web Monitoring

If you are a webmaster or someone looking into the online world as a way to generate income then it is important you consider web monitoring. If there is a problem with your website or your server then how would you find out about it without monitoring? A big problem people suffer from with websites is a technical hitch not being detected for days, weeks or even months. Not only…

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