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Suspects behind Expendables 3 leak arrested in UK

Nov 25, 2014 - 6:59 PM - by Reverend
Anti-piracy police have arrested two men on suspicion of leaking action film The Expendables 3 before its release date.

Detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (Pipcu) arrested two men in Upton, Wirral, and Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

Copies of the film began circulating online from 25 July. The official US release date was not until 15 August.

The high-quality pirated copy was viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

The men, a 36-year-old and 33-year-old, were arrested at their homes and taken to local police stations.

The pair are suspected of stealing the film from a cloud-based system before uploading it on to the internet.

Lionsgate Films, which made the movie and referred the case to Pipcu, claims that the pirated copy had a significant financial impact on the film-makers, costing them millions of pounds in the UK alone.

Head of Pipcu, Det Ch Insp Danny Medlycott said of the action: "Today's operation shows you the significant impact intellectual property crime has on our creative industries, with millions of pounds being lost as a result of criminal actions.

"The public need to be aware that piracy is not a victimless crime. By downloading illegal music, film, TV and books, not only are you exposing your own computer to the risk of viruses and malware, but you are also putting hard-working people's livelihoods at risk as piracy threatens the security of thousands of jobs in the UK's creative industries."

BBC News
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Sony Pictures hacked, data held for ransom

Nov 25, 2014 - 6:58 PM - by Reverend
Sony Pictures was hit by a hack that forced employees to shut down their computers Monday and stay off the film studio's network, according to reports.

Sony Pictures, the film and TV arm of Japanese tech and media conglomerate Sony, was hacked at some point in the last two days by a group calling itself #GOP, reported The Hollywood Reporter, citing people within the studio. The hackers claimed to have obtained Sony Pictures' internal data, including its "secrets," and said they would release the data to the public if their demands were not met, according to reports. It is unclear what the hacker group is demanding.

Sony has kept quiet on the incident, saying only that it is investigating an "IT matter." Sony did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.

Sony Pictures employees were told Monday to shut down computers and not access corporate networks or email, as well as disable Wi-Fi on all mobile devices, reported Variety. It is unclear if Sony Pictures, which has produced films such as "The Amazing Spider-Man" and TV shows including "Shark Tank," was the target or if the hackers were attempting to go after Sony Corp. Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Music Entertainment and other parts of Sony Corp. were not affected by the hack, reported the Los Angeles Times.

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CCleaner 5.00.5050

Nov 25, 2014 - 6:54 PM - by Reverend
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization tool. That removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. The best part is that it's fast and Free.


CCleaner 5.00.5050

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Russian Website Streams Footage From Thousands of Hacked Webcams

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:41 PM - by Reverend
The public is being warned about a Russian-based website which has been found to be broadcasting thousands of feeds of live video footage from inside homes and businesses around the world, including over 4,000 in the U.S., 2,000 in France and 500 in the UK. The footage has been accessed by hacking into personal webcams, CCTV cameras and even baby monitors using weak or default passwords.

The site includes footage of a child’s bedroom in Birmingham in the UK obtained from a baby monitor, as well as footage from inside a UK office, a gym and a shop interior, obtained from CCTV networks supposedly used to keep the companies and businesses secure.

The purpose of the website is to highlight poor cyber security, a person claiming to be the administrator told Sky News.

They wrote that broadcasting the footage was the only way to "contact a million" users. "All these cameras were viewed by a lot of users and (the) camera's owners have no chance to know about it for many years," they said. "Only mass media can help users to understand the importance to set a password."

The footage has been obtained from cameras using default passwords or without any passwords at all, allowing hackers to use software and search tools to scan the internet for feeds that can be accessed using the camera's' default setting.

The most commonly listed camera brand on the website was Chinese-made Foscam, followed by Linksys and then Panasonic.

A Linksys spokesperson told the BBC: “We are still trying to determine which Linksys IP cameras are referenced on the site. We believe they are older Linksys IP cameras which are no longer being manufactured.

“For these cameras we do not have a way to force customers to change their default passwords. We will continue to educate consumers that changing... [Read More]
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Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo as default search engine

Nov 20, 2014 - 8:01 PM - by Reverend
Maybe it was that Google has a competing browser, making them strange bedfellows. Or after ten years of partnership, it was time for change. Or maybe Yahoo just offered to pay more.

Yahoo is replacing Google as the default search engine for Mozilla's Firefox browser, the companies announced late Wednesday. With 10% of the market, it is the Internet's third most popular search engine, behind Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Bing (which powers Yahoo searches).

The change is significant for Firefox users, who perform some 100 million searches in the browser every year, according to Mozilla.

It is significant for Mozilla, a non-profit that is heavily reliant on revenue from search companies. Google's three-year contract with Firefox, which will come to an end in December, had reportedly been worth $1 billion. Yahoo and Mozilla did not disclose terms of their five-year search deal.

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Thousands Of Facebook Users Fall For ‘Free Audi R8′ Scam

Nov 20, 2014 - 7:58 PM - by Reverend
Sports car fans are the latest to be targeted by online hackers, as a Facebook “like-farming” scam sucks them in with a supposed giveaway of Audi R8 sports cars.

Over 200,000 petrolheads have already fallen victim, with Bitdefender, the security firm which detected the scheme, saying thousands more are joining by the hour.

The scam attempts to get users to like and share videos of an Audi R8 racing against a Nissan GT-R, coupled with a fake competition promising to give away two Audi R8s to the winners.

bitdefender facebook scamIn order to win the “contest,” users must like the post and also name their desired colour and share the message on their timelines.

However, the sites hosting the videos are also running the JS:Trojan.JS.Likejack.A code that can be used for “clickjacking” on hidden commercials.

So far, the scam has seen almost 180,000 likes and over 210,000 shares. Bitdefender has reported the malicious web page to Facebook, and warns users to be wary of any competitions not hosted on companies’ official pages.

Bitdefender says that it has detected affected Facebook users from the UK, Germany, Denmark, the US, Australia, South Africa and Malaysia.

“Like-farming may not seem the worse things scammers can do on Facebook. However, it has repercussions for users and companies’ reputations and can even lead to identity theft,” states Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at Bitdefender.

“Like-farming Facebook pages use the high number of fans to launch other fraudulent activities such as malware and survey scams to a wide audience. The database of unwary users can also be sold on the black market and used for more targeted attacks.”

Hijacking popular brands to lure in unsuspecting users has become a common tactic for cybercriminals on Facebook, particularly as companies across the world try and improve their online presence to... [Read More]
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Netflix heading for Australia and New Zealand

Nov 18, 2014 - 11:42 PM - by Reverend
Netflix on Tuesday announced that it will debut its film and television show streaming service in Australia and New Zealand early next year as it continues expanding internationally.

A Netflix library of television shows, films, documentaries and original content will be available when the service launches in March.

Netflix did not disclose what it plans to charge for subscriptions in the countries but promised a "low monthly price."

Subscribers will be able to watch Netflix shows using tablets, smartphones smart televisions, gaming consoles, or other devices.

The expansion announcement came just weeks after California-based Netflix released a quarterly financial report showing disappointing subscriber growth for the streaming video group.

Netflix said it gained just three million members in the past quarter, to boost its subscribers to 53.1 million worldwide.

The disappointing growth news came the same day Netflix learned of a powerful new rival, with Time Warner's HBO announcing plans to launch as a standalone streaming service that won't require cable or satellite subscriptions.

Daily Mail
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Mozila Firefox 33.1.1

Nov 18, 2014 - 7:10 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows | Linux | Mac OS X

Firefox homepage
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