The Pirate Bay Introduces In-Browser Streaming

The Pirate Bay, despite losing the ‘heads’ of its Hydra domains faster than it can grow them back, has introduced embedded streaming, so at the click of a button you can watch the latest torrents in your browser. Using the Torrents Time browser plug-in, The Pirate Bay now features a “Stream It!” button for every torrent it carries.

Torrents Time – built by the people behind the notorious “Netflix for pirates”, Popcorn Time – is not exclusive to The Pirate Bay, designed to work with any torrent site, and allows in-browser streaming through Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome, in both Windows and OS X. While the plug-in is experiencing the teething problems expected of a beta release, its use and application is quite simple. Users only need to download the Torrents Time plug-in, and pick a torrent with a suitable number of seeders to maintain a reliable stream.

“By harnessing the incredible abilities of torrents, you can transform your website, in a matter of seconds to an amazing, simple to use streaming website,” the Torrents Time site reads. “With Torrents Time you’ll be able to […] generate more revenue than with any other monetization company while putting a stop to annoying ads.”

Torrents Time is soon to be adopted by Torrentproject.se, Videomax.is, Online.porntime.ws, and KickassTorrents.

“We are certain that in no time we’ll be embedded in all torrent sites who care to move-on with this evolution,” the Torrents Time team told TorrentFreak. “We will allow everybody to watch any movie they wish from torrent sites who embed us, when they want, without having to store someone’s file on their hard disk. It’s ‘watching together’ or ‘Co-Watch’ technology, made possible by Torrents Time.”

Warner Bros and Intel Sue Creators of 4K Copy Protection Stripper

Warner Bros. and Intel subsidiary Digital Content Protection have filed a lawsuit against LegendSky, the creator of the HDFury series of devices that can be used to bypass HDCP 2.2 copy protection on 4K video content.

4K video content flooded torrent sites at the end of November last year, indicating that the copy protection on these materials – in this case, primarily ripped from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video – had been cracked. The lawsuit filed by Warner Bros. and Digital Content Protection indicates that HDFury gear could have been responsible for obtaining this 4K content. The two plaintiffs accuse LegendSky of being in breach of DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions and enabling copyright infringement.

“The HDFury Devices harm copyright owners like Warner Bros. because they enable Digital Content to be displayed without the protections of HDCP, thereby enabling users to access copyrighted works, make and/or distribute copies of copyrighted works […] all without the permission of the copyright owner,” Warner Bros.’ complaint, courtesy of TorrentFreak, reads. “The HDFury Devices harm DCP because, among other things, they undermine the effectiveness of HDCP, lower the value of HDCP, and thereby jeopardize DCP’s ability to license HDCP to Digital Device manufacturers and Digital Content owners.”

Warner Bros. recently announced its new line of Ultra-HD Blu-Ray releases.

Archive.org Releases 30GB Torrent of Lost 80s Cassette Tapes

The wonderful Internet Archive (Archive.org) has released a 30GB torrent of lost music which dates from the Eighties to the Early-Nineties. The songs are sourced from a massive archive of cassette tapes – the format by which music was shared before the advent of home writeable CDs – courtesy of noise-arch.net, donated by former CKLN-FM radio host Myke Dyer back in 2009.

“This website is a collection of underground/independently released cassette tapes from the days when the audio cassette was the standard method of music sharing, generally the Mid-Eighties through Early-Nineties,” a post from noise-arch.net, archived by Archive.org, reads. “Material represented includes tape experimentation, industrial, avant-garde, indie, rock, DIY, subvertainment and auto-hypnotic materials.  Most of what you are about to hear is rather difficult to file under any one category, and thus has not been. The bulk of the tapes in this library were donated to the project by former CKLN-FM radio host Myke Dyer in august of 2009.”

The zipped torrent of tapes, which can be found here, is a little erratic at present – my download is wildly vacillating between 50 and 500kB/s, with a consistent upload of around 1.5MB/s – but that download rate should stabilise as more people seed it. In fact, in the time it took me to write that sentence the download has already leaped to 2MB/s.

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4K Content From Netflix and Amazon Floods Torrent Sites

Did you spend all your money on a 4K television in the Black Friday sales, leaving you unable to afford food, clothing, or legal on-demand video streaming services? Well, fear not, because 4K content from Netflix and Amazon has hit torrent sites with a vengeance. Granted, it won’t fill your belly or cover your modesty, but who needs basic human comfort when you can watch Jessica Jones in Ultra HD?

Online video content is, more often than not, protected by High-Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection (HDCP) version 2.2 or higher, but pirates have discovered a loophole that allows them to bypass the protection and rip 4K video.

The first Ultra HD file – an 18GB copy of Breaking Bad’s first episode – hit three months ago, with more content expected to follow, but encoding problems and quality issues stymied the tide. Those issues seem to have now been resolved, though, with 4K copies of Marvel’s new small-screen offering Jessica Jones and movies such as Looper, Spider-Man, and The Bridge on the River Kwai leaking to torrent sites within the last few days, with many of the initial 100GB+ files being squeezed down to a more manageable 5-15GB.

“Many groups started releasing 4K rips recently and they are working perfectly. I expect that 4K resolution releases will become more popular now,” an anonymous source from a release group responsible for the recent 4K content told TorrentFreak.

Some of the content, though, has been criticised for its quality. For that, the source added, the blame should be aimed at Netflix itself: “For example for Marvel’s Jessica Jones new TV series from Netflix the 4K captures look bad, because the master from Netflix is probably bad [sic].”

Image courtesy of DealsPlus.

Popcorn Time Ramps Up For Full Comeback

When the main fork of popular torrent video-on-demand app Popcorn Time closed in October, citing legal issues and splits within the development team, many suspected that the so-called “Netflix for pirates” was a goner.

But it seems that reports of Popcorn Time’s demise has been greatly exaggerated, with the developers releasing a new version of the platform, utilising new APIs to display content – and replacing the now-defunct YTS with TorrentsAPI as its movie provider – via reddit.

The new Popcorn Time also features a new VPN service to protect users and bypass countrywide blocks on sources used by the streaming app. VPN.ht is owned by Wally, who just happens to be the head developer for Popcorn Time. Wally told TorrentFreak that, by pairing the two programs, he could envision a fully functional Popcorn Time again very soon.

“I am still considering a full comeback, I just do not want to release a half working version,” Wally said.

While Popcorn Time allows users to view copyrighted content for free, Wally sees the service not as opportunist theft but instead as a lesson to Hollywood as to what film lovers want and how to give it to them. “The popularity of Popcorn Time should be an example for the MPAA to a build a future streaming platform that will be open to the entire world,” Wally asserts.

YTS Closure Down to Deal Struck With Hollywood

YTS, the website that was home to the infamous YIFY torrents, closed for good last week, calling time on years of good quality, low file size HD pirated movies. YIFY, which was the primary source of content for popular pirate streaming app Popcorn Time, nor YTS revealed what had motivated its decision to cease operation, but it has now been revealed that the team responsible agreed to the closure in a deal with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in order to escape prosecution.

YTS was under legal pressure from the MPAA, as confirmed by its Chairman Christopher J. Dodd last week. “This coordinated legal action is part of a larger comprehensive approach being taken by the MPAA and its international affiliates to combat content theft,” Dodd said.

In response to legal action, the unnamed 21-year-old behind YTS – said to be a citizen of New Zealand, much like Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, who could face prison for similar deeds – signed a private settlement deal with the MPAA to close down the site and cease producing YIFY torrents in order to escape jail time, according to TorrentFreak. The YTS.to domain name was later signed over to the MPAA.

Given the similarities between the legal infringements by YTS and the on-going prosecution of Kim Dotcom, the German entrepreneur is understandably aggrieved by what he calls “a double standard”.

“I think our case has chilled law enforcement and Hollywood against pursuing the criminal route in cases such as this. Quick civil settlements seem to be the new way to go,” Dotcom told TorrentFreak.

Image courtesy of CurrentlyDown.

PIA Running Traffic Through Second VPN to Avoid BitTorrent Ban

After a number of large datacentres are now banning heavy BitTorrent traffic on their networks, popular VPN provider Private Internet Access (PIA) has started routing its traffic through another VPN which, while slowing connection speeds, ensures its customers are not prevented from downloading torrents.

Many BitTorrent users implement VPN services to keep their downloading private and prevent their IP address from being tracked by ISPs or third-party copyright infringement enforcers. Since it is one of the few VPNs to not keep logs on its users, meaning there is no data to hand off if served with a warrant, PIA is a favourite amongst torrenters.

“Certain regimes/regions and data centers have strict discriminatory policies towards the BitTorrent protocol. In order to provide a free and open internet to everyone, we were forced to create a technical fix,” a PIA spokesperson told TorrentFreak.

PIA believes that its “double VPN” solution is the best compromise for its customers, as it does not require invasive techniques, such as DPI.

“Due to the fact that packets were routed in an unidentifiable manner and double hop is a known and accepted technology by privacy advocates, we believe this technical solution adheres to the strongest of privacy ideals,” the spokesperson said.

“We want to make clear, that privacy is in fact our single policy. However, in order to help our users who are censored in certain regions, we needed to find a way to provide close servers while still being able to provide users with true and free/open internet access,” they added. “This was our solution and we still think that using technology to create a solution is better than waiting for politicians to fix this problem.”

PIA has posted a full statement on the matter to its website.

Image courtesy of FreedomHacker.

Torrent Favourites YIFY and YTS Are Permanently Shut Down

YIFY, one of the most popular torrent uploaders in the world, and its respective website YTS have been permanently shut down, according to TorrentFreak. YTS has been down for over a week, sparking concerns that it may not return, and trusted sources close to the matter have informed TorrentFreak that, indeed, YIFY and YTS are no more.

“Today we can report that this reign has come to an end. YIFY and YTS have shutdown permanently, as predicted earlier this week,” writes TorrentFreak. It adds, “TF has received additional explanatory details from trusted sources, but we have been asked not to reveal all of the information just yet. However, our sources confirm without doubt that the shutdown is permanent.”

YTS.to would regularly hit one million unique visitors a day, showcasing the latest in 1080p and 720p Blu-Ray rips. In an interview with TorrentFreak two years ago, YIFY put its popularity down to its consistency, low file size, and attention to detail, adding, “I believe this is important because people like stability and assurance with what they are downloading. By adding consistency to a reasonable file-size, we have filled a spot in the community, which seemingly has a lot of demand.”

YIFY was a primary source of movies for “Netflix for pirates” app Popcorn Time, which has been experiencing problems of its own.

Image courtesy of CurrentlyDown.

Chromecast Alternative Teewe Will Support Torrent Streaming

Teewe is a popular streaming dongle in India and offers an alternative to Google’s Chromecast. Some critics have branded the device as a basic clone, but the company is desperately trying to add functionality which makes it a more attractive proposition. Interestingly, the streaming stick will soon support torrent streaming and it’s unlikely this will ever appear on the Chromecast due to copyright concerns. Sai Srinivas, Teewe co-founder and CEO told Tech In Asia:

“We don’t want to be seen as promoting piracy,”

“But at the same time, we want our consumers to have a choice. Let them have the choice […] I’m not judging or questioning them. Like if you buy a DVD player, and if you play a pirated DVD, it’s your fault, not the DVD player’s fault.”

This is an interesting feature and doesn’t technically infringe copyright. Although, if the streaming stick sales improve dramatically when the functionality is added, this could indicate it will be popular among pirates. Additionally, poverty in India means it’s extremely difficult to pay for expensive forms of entertainment media.

The unit also allows users to store mobile phone games and enjoy a “lag-free” gaming experience. The Teewe 2 is currently priced at $35, and it’s unknown if torrent streaming will come in a future model or via a software update.

Do you think torrent streaming should be supported?

Popcorn Time Returns as Copyrighted Content-Free Project Butter

With Popcorn Time going offline at the start of this week, amid legal issues and the subsequent split of its coding team, many feared that the “Netflix for pirates” streaming app had been permanently canned. However, the remaining creators have returned, launching the closely-related steaming platform, Project Butter. But there’s a catch: the new app is “stripped down of the parts [sic] that made people wary,” according to the team, which effectively means that it is entirely free of copyrighted content.

‘So, what’s the point?’ you may ask. While Project Butter has removed all links to copyrighted material, the program still has the facility to stream content from torrent sites. Effectively, Project Butter is a ‘create your own Popcorn Time’ app. So, while the team does not endorse streaming illegal torrents, it does not prevent the user from employing its streaming engine for that purpose. Popcorn Time, which will remain available, will also be based around Project Butter. It is not yet clear if this means copyrighted material will be removed from Popcorn Time, too.

The announcement post for Project Butter has disappeared for some reason, but The Next Web managed to grab part of it before it went down:

This new project, hosted on GitHub, is basically your beloved Popcorn Time stipped down of the parts that made people wary. Butter is created so that anyone can contribute to great desktop and mobile apps that allows to stream movies and shows from Bittorrent (and other sources, but more on that later) in a stylish and easy way.

We hope to clear doubts in developers so that we can continue doing what we love: hacking a great experience for our users.

Butter will be able to leverage all of the traditional Open Source internet infrastructure: it will have its own webpage at https://butterproject.org[2] , its own twitter account @butterproject, its own facebook athttps://fb.me/ButterProjectOrg[3] and its own G+ herehttps://plus.google.com/communities/111003619134556931561[4] . We are making sure butter is absolutely not using the popcorntime.io infrastructure to make a clear separation of concerns.

We’re making Butter like any Open Source project: open governance by the contributors and easy to fork. Planing on making a Popcorn Time clone ? don’t do it from scratch use some Butter to make it awesome !

Not only an empty shell, we want to make Butter a great App if you want to stream independent cinema and tv shows. Right now all the content in Butter is provided by the amazing people at vodo.net but if you know of any other sources of this kind of content please send us an email or better yet some code !

In a few days we should even have some binaries for you to try out !

Don’t worry, https://PopcornTime.io[5] will continue exactly as if nothing happened, it will still be Open Source, the code will still be hosted on our private Gitlab at https://git.popcorntime.io[6] and most importantly it will still have Pochoclin as a mascot and logo.

Only that now it will now be based on Butter, so it’s basically the same Popcorn Time you’ve learned to love but with this amazing new butter touch.

What about the mobile Apps ?

The Apps teams are working at this very moment to get you the experience you love in Butter format. As it’s a fair amount of work to clean them up, we could use some help ! have skills ? want to give a hand ? don’t hesitate in contacting us !

So what’s next ?

Over the next few days we’re going to finish porting all branches from the Popcorn Time git to the Butter repos on Github, you can give us a hand or sit back and relax as history is happening.

See you soon with more Buttered Popcorn Time for you folks!

The constituent parts for Project Butter are available on GitHub now, though not in binary form yet.

Image courtesy of Mashable.

Mad Max: Fury Road is 2015’s Most Pirated Film

2015 has seen a sharp rise in piracy on the previous year, with Summer blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road topping this year’s illegal download chart. George Miller’s Mad Max sequel/remake/reboot/revisiting has had 22.90 million torrent shares so far this year, the runaway leader ahead of Jurassic World (18.16 million), Avengers: Age of Ultron (15.87 million), Insurgent (14.46 million), and Terminator: Genisys (13.94 million).

While Mad Max: Fury Road surpassed Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Terminator: Genisys in illegal downloads, both films cleaned up while in cinemas, with worldwide box office takings of $1.6 billion for Jurassic World, $1.5 billion for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and $436 million for Terminator: Genisys, compared to Mad Max: Fury Road’s respectable $374.2 million.

Piracy overall has seen a 29% rise compared to 2014, according to piracy tracking firm Excipio, which has been attributed to a comparably higher box office performance of this year’s biggest films; last year’s cinema offerings delivered a seven-year low in ticket sales, according to Rentrak, while 2015 was the second-best on record. Regarding torrent sharing, the top five films last Summer, of which Captain America: The Winter Soldier was most popular, garnered 66 million downloads, while this year’s top five accrued 85.34 million over the same period.

Thank you Variety for providing us with this information.

Netflix 4K Content Leaked to Torrent Sites

Netflix has been phasing in 4K content since last year, and industrious pirates have now found a way to circumvent the video streaming site’s copy protection. Netflix’s Ultra HD version of Breaking Bad’s first episode – the one file alone is nearly 18 gigabytes – has hit torrent sites this week, with more Netflix 4K rips expected in the near future.

Before the leak of the first episode of Breaking Bad from Netflix’s 4K catalogue, the High-Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection (HDCP) version 2.2 (or higher) encryption used to protect the Ultra HD content was considered uncrackable. Now this has been proven untrue, it’s only a matter of time before a torrent of 4K TV shows and movies hit your favourite pirate sites. It has not yet been revealed whether HDCP has been truly cracked, or simply bypassed.

A pirate group known as “iON” are responsible for the 2160p Breaking Bad leak, which clocks in at 17.73GB, approximately 50 times the size of its standard definition equivalent. It’s only available on private torrent trackers for the time being, but the file is expected to leak to public sites soon.

“Piracy is a global problem. We, like others content providers, are actively working on ways to protect content featured on our site,” a Netflix spokesperson told TorrentFreak.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Digital Trends.

uTorrent Considers Charging Users

uTorrent, the most popular BitTorrent client in the world with 150 million monthly users, is looking into monetising its services. The free torrent client, which already carries advertisements and bundled software upon installation, could soon become a relic of the past.

“As you know, uTorrent is a free piece of software. To support it, we use bundled software and offers to offset the cost that would otherwise be paid directly by the user,” uTorrent wrote on its forum. “We’ve never been satisfied with this revenue model. It requires compromises that detract from a premium user experience. We want to find a model that adds value to our product and our users. We want to find a better way.”

Though uTorrent doesn’t go into detail regarding what these alternatives could be, it does hint that charging users could be an option, saying it plans to “Provide our users with clear options for supporting uTorrent (with options for every budget).”

While a subscription model for uTorrent could prove to be lucrative for the company, it also risks driving away customers to other free BitTorrent clients, such as Vuze, BitComet, or BitLord.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

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Ashley Madison Hackers Leaving Behind Footprints

Hacking has been big news in recent years, with everyone from Sony to Apple having breaches and personal information released. The latest in this long stream of hacks is a website titled Ashley Madison. In case you aren’t familiar with this website here is what’s happened so far. The Ashley Madison site is a site designed for people to search for companions, no matter what their marital status. This has resulted in it being a site popular among those who are unfaithful for their partners, a problem for many given that to leave the site you are required to pay a £15 fee. In protest of this though they seem to have been hacked, and as a result, this information has since been released on the internet. Now for the fun parts.

In contrast to the initial “moral” stance taken, of which many suspected the reason the hacked data was made public was in order to force people to be faithful and honest with their partners and in protest to the leaving fee, it would appear that this data is now being used by criminals to extort the people who have had their data exposed online. Demanding roughly 1.0000001 bitcoins (£147.28) from each person or to have their information revealed to their significant others.

All is not lost, as a file containing the emails of Ashley Madison’s CEO was left on an unprotected bittorrent server for hours. By not password protecting or disabling the web management system used in the file sharing system people were able to access and change the server configuration, and if it turns out that this was the original torrent server used to upload the files it could be possible to track down the IP of connecting users and find out who initially uploaded the files.

Hacks are appearing every day now and it would seem that people are using these to their own benefits, turning one crime into hundreds.

Thank you Neowin and Ars Technica for the information. 

Image courtesy of Ashley Madison.

Windows 10 Banned by Torrent Trackers

Paranoia over Windows 10’s privacy policy is reaching its apex with the news that users of the operating system have been banned by a number of torrent trackers. The excessive prohibition has been implemented over concerns that Microsoft’s newest Windows iteration could share data related to torrents and associated servers with the company.

Windows 10 has been attacked from all quarters for its invasive approach to user privacy, from sharing WiFi access with other people to its storage and sharing of user data gathered through software, apps, and the Cortana personal assistant. Erroneous reports even emerged that Microsoft’s Software License Terms allowed the company to delete pirated files from Windows 10 computers.

One of the torrent trackers to ban Windows 10 over privacy concerns, iTS, told TorrentFreak that Microsoft’s lack of transparency over what data the operating system collects and how it is used has driven the block.

“Unfortunately Microsoft decided to revoke any kind of data protection and submit whatever they can gather to not only themselves but also others. One of those is one of the largest anti-piracy company called MarkMonitor,” a spokesperson for iTS said.

“Amongst other things Windows 10 sends the contents of your local disks directly to one of their servers. Obviously this goes way too far and is a serious threat to sites like ours which is why we had to take measures,” they added.

Trackers BB and FSC are also considering a ban on Windows 10. “We have also found [Windows 10] will be gathering information on users’ P2P use to be shared with anti piracy group,” BB staff told its users. “What’s particularly nasty is that apparently it sends the results of local(!!) searches to a well known anti piracy company directly so as soon as you have one known p2p or scene release on your local disk … BAM!”

In the same vein, FSC informed users, “As we all know, Microsoft recently released Windows 10. You as a member should know, that we as a site are thinking about banning the OS from FSC. That would mean you cannot use the site with the OS installed.”

If you use torrents, it might be expedient to ditch Windows 10.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

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MPAA Seeking Programmer to Take Down Pirates

Are you a software programmer in need of a job? Do you hate people who torrent the latest instalment in the Twilight franchise (brave stance, I know)? Yes? Then the Motion Picture Association of America wants you! The MPAA is an organisation with a history of throwing its weight around to get its own way, resorting to duplicitous and Machiavellian schemes when that doesn’t work. Now, it intends to take the law into its own hands, seeking to hire a software programmer to hunt, track, and report on computer users suspected of sharing any copyrighted content that falls within the MPAA’s purview.

A job posting has revealed that the Software Programmer will work directly under the Vice President of Internet Content Protection, and responsibilities include developing tools to monitor and collect large amounts of data on pirates.

“They will develop and use automated tools for gathering large amounts of data from online websites and resources, and generate meaningful statistics to help guide and bolster enforcement actions,” reads the application.

Key Responsibilities are listed as:

  • Assist the Vice President and Internet Intelligence Managers in developing and executing a global internet strategy.
  • Designing and developing applications; tasks include programming, coding and debugging, both for proprietary and third-party systems.
  • Develop scripts for conducting automated scrapes of online information for intelligence gathering and enforcement purposes.
  • Conduct detailed forensic analysis of online content, including reviewing technical infrastructure of online platforms and sites.
  • Analyze, investigate and report on websites at the code level (PHP, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc.).
  • Organizing the intake of vendor-supplied information into internal tracking and case management systems.
  • Monitor, investigate and report on copyright infringement occurring online via established and emerging content distribution technologies.
  • Creating, developing and/or revising business processes and applications to aid in the streamlining of Internet Intelligence activities.
  • Perform customized trainings with self-produced materials on technical topics in support of internal staff, association members and law enforcement.

If the MPAA put as much energy into making film content more easily accessible into persecuting those that download torrents, it might actually Onbecome effective at fighting piracy. Some may think Hollywood doesn’t really care.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

UK Expands Torrent Site Blacklist to Proxies

The UK High Court has quietly added a number of proxies and mirrors to its torrent site blacklist, restricting backdoor access to sites such as Torrentz and ExtraTorrent. Of course, ExtraTorrent has already launched a new mirror site to bypass the block.

The list of blocked torrent sites in the UK now exceeds one hundred, with enforcers constantly playing whack-a-mole in a desperate attempt to suppress every new torrent site URL that springs up. Last week’s ruling has seen torrentz-proxy.com, torrentsmirror.com, etproxy.com, extratorrentlive.com and extratorrentonline.com added to the blacklist.

“The High Court has declared that ExtraTorrent and Torrentz are operating unlawfully and infringing copyright. The Court Order which requires ISPs to block the sites also requires BPI to notify the ISPs of changes to the sites,” said a spokesperson for the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), one of many organisations that have obtained High Court orders against torrent sites to infringing upon copyrighted materials.

Fruitless efforts, though, since torrent sites are always one step ahead. “The connectivity issues were totally solved after we launched a new mirror. It appears that all UK visitors are able to visit the website now as the traffic is back and still growing,” the ExtraTorrent team told TorrentFreak.

The full list of sites blocked to copyright infringement within the UK now reads:

Rojadirecta, LiveTV, Drakulastream, Ebookee, LibGen, Freshwap, AvaxHome, Bookfi, Bookre, Freebookspot, popcorntime.io, flixtor.me, popcorn-time.se, isoplex.isohunt.to, watchonlineseries.eu, axxomovies.org, afdah.com, g2g.fm, Bursalagu, Fullsongs, Mega-Search, Mp3 Monkey, Mp3.li, Mp3Bear, MP3Boo, Mp3Clan, Mp3Olimp, MP3s.pl, Mp3soup, Mp3Truck, Musicaddict, My Free MP3, Plixid, RnBXclusive, STAFA Band, watchseries.lt, Stream TV, Watchseries-online, Cucirca, Movie25, watchseries.to, Iwannawatch, Warez BB, Ice Films, Tehparadox, Heroturko, Scene Source,, Rapid Moviez, Iwatchonline, Los Movies, Isohunt, Torrentz.pro, Torrentbutler, IP Torrents, Sumotorrent, Torrent Day, Torrenting, BitSoup, TorrentBytes, Seventorrents, Torrents.fm, Yourbittorrent, Tor Movies , Demonoid, torrent.cd, Vertor, Rar BG, bittorrent.am, btdigg.org, btloft.com, bts.to, limetorrents.com, nowtorrents.com, picktorrent.com, seedpeer.me, torlock.com, torrentbit.net, torrentdb.li, torrentdownload.ws, torrentexpress.net, torrentfunk.com, torrentproject.com, torrentroom.com, torrents.net, torrentus.eu, torrentz.cd, torrentzap.com, vitorrent.org.Megashare, Viooz, Watch32, Zmovie, Solarmovie, Tubeplus, Primewire, Vodly, Watchfreemovies, Project-Free TV, Yify-Torrents, 1337x, Bitsnoop, Extratorrent, Monova, Torrentcrazy, Torrentdownloads, Torrentreactor, Torrentz, Ambp3, Beemp3, Bomb-mp3, Eemp3world, Filecrop, Filestube, Mp3juices, Mp3lemon, Mp3raid, Mp3skull, Newalbumreleases, Rapidlibrary, EZTV, FirstRowSports, Download4all, Movie2K, KickAssTorrents, Fenopy, H33T, and The Pirate Bay.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Privatoria.

Star Wars Battlefront Alpha Torrent Leaked

There is still some waiting time until Star Wars: Battlefront officially launches, but it has already made it to Alpha stage. We’ve gotten more and more details over time and it looks like the game actually could live up to the hype that surrounds it.

Just hours after the Alpha launched for a limited number of people, it made its way to torrent sites. That was very quick after launch and some people are speculating if this could be an elaborate marketing strategy. It wouldn’t be the first time that the ‘illegal’ users have been used this way; tell people they aren’t allowed to participate and it is all they want.

Whether this is an actual unintended leak or a clever campaign from EA and Dice to raise the hype around the game even more, we don’t know and we probably never will. What we do know is that what we have been shown so far looks amazing and that the Alpha version is out in the wild.

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones to get into the official Alpha selection, if so, then let us know what you think of it so far.

Thank You TweakTown for providing us with this information

Popular Torrents Being Sabotaged by ipv6 Peer Flood

Torrenting, a rather simple method of sharing files between several computers over the internet.

Unknown attackers are sabotaging popular TV and movie torrents by flooding them with IPv6 peers. The vulnerability, which affects the popular uTorrent client, makes it nearly impossible for torrent users to download files. It’s unclear who’s orchestrating the attacks, but it could be a guerrilla anti-piracy move.

BitTorrent is a highly robust sharing protocol that is not easily disrupted. However, there have been some crazy efforts to stop people from torrenting some of the latest movie and popular torrents. It seems as though the technique for sabotaging uses ipv6 to overwhelm BitTorrent swarms.

Because it is focussed on the Ipv6 protocol, not all users are affected. These fake peers request data from the downloaders torrent client and very quickly fill up the request queues. The fake peers never actually transmit any data but keep your client busy and prevent it from downloading torrents.

uTorrent seems to be the client that is affected, after a few mins of the requests, the application does block the fake clients IP but makes very little difference as they will be using so many addresses.

“This new method of peer flooding makes a lot of people think there are issues with torrents. From an anti-piracy point of view it is achieving the purposed effect,” the tracker operator, who prefers to remain anonymous, said.

Could this be a clever attempt at stopping torrenting? Who knows.

Thank you to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

Game of Thrones Finale Breaks Piracy Records

It’s no secret that Game of Thrones is hugely popular, with the show’s season finale having recently aired on TV, torrent websites were dealing with an overload of downloads, causing the TV series to once again set a new record for piracy.

The show was downloaded a staggering 1.5 million times in just eight hours and that total is likely still climbing like crazy as people swoop to watch the show outside of its HBO/Sky Atlantic viewing spot. The total number is expected to exceed 10 million downloads with just a few days.

To put this into perspective, we’ve never heard of something being downloaded is such great numbers, in such a short space of time. Torrent Freak reported that even last year, it would have taken around 12 hours to get to the same number, showing the growing popularity for the show and the increasing popularity of torrenting as a means of accessing TV shows.

The 480p copy of the show was the most popular, no doubt thanks to its smaller file size, making it quicker to download. The 720p and the 1080p copies were the next most popular respectively.

Not only that, but the swarm record was also broken just a few hours later, with 258,131 people sharing the same single torrent at the same time. Game of Thrones has been the most popular torrent three years running, a trend that is unlikely to break when the new season launches some time next year.

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First Four Episodes of Game of Thrones Season 5 Leak Online

The first four episodes of Season 5 of Game of Thrones have leaked online, with rumours of more to follow. The timing is devastating for HBO, with the channel debuting Season 5 of the critically-acclaimed show both on cable and its new live streaming platform, HBO Now.

Game of Thrones is already the most illegally downloaded show in history, and after the appearance of the four episodes online early on Sunday morning, they have been downloaded over 50,000 times, with that number rising all the time.

After finding the first episode on an undisclosed torrent site and watching the first few seconds (for science), I can reveal that the video file is 480p and watermarked, so – assuming the other three episodes are of a similar format – quality purists (of which I am one) might be best advised to wait.

Popcorn Time, the “Netflix for Torrents”, Arrives on iOS

Popcorn Time, known colloquially as the “Netflix for torrents”, has finally arrived on iPad and iPhone. The open source BitTorrent client, powered by YIFY, has been available for Windows, Linux, OS X, and Android for some time, but making the platform available for iOS seemed impossible without a jailbroken device. Now, however, the app’s developers have found a way to install unauthorised software on a normal iOS device.

The first iteration of Popcorn Time, which allows users to stream torrents through its slick interface, closed voluntarily after being hit with copyright notices not long after its initial launch, but the project was resurrected by a group of anonymous coders who made the app into an underground success, bypassing ISP throttling and offering an in-built VPN within a relatively tiny turn-around period.

Those interested in installing Popcorn Time on their iOS device will need to download iOS Installer – which is released on 8th April – to their Windows system, connect an iPhone or iPad to the computer, then follow the instructions to install the torrent streaming app on to the iOS device. A Mac version of iOS Installer is promised soon.

Obviously, sharing copyrighted material is illegal, plus Apple doesn’t take kindly to users installing unauthorised apps on its devices, so, on both counts, use at your own risk.

Source: Gizmodo

Did BBC Just Release 10 Episodes of Doctor Who on BitTorrent?

BBC has been known to be very helpful in providing access to the latest Doctor Who content in the past. Even so, the company seems to take its content to a whole new level of sharing.

10 episodes of the most recent season have been made available via BitTorrent. Now we know that ‘free’ associated with the word ‘torrent’ means a whole different thing on the internet, but BBC appears to embrace the latest content sharing technique regardless of its never-ending debates.

The episodes are said to come with a short intro video featuring the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, as well as a preview of the first instalment, namely ‘Rose’. Fans who desire to get more than that need to pay $12 to get the rest.

There is no mention regarding their quality, but looking at the previews, it seems to be quite high. The episodes can be streamed directly or downloaded to be viewed offline from here.

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UK Solicitor Will Defend You Free Against Copyright Trolls

More and more customers of UK ISPs have received letters from copyright trolls in recent weeks, demanding settlement fees for alleged illegal downloads and threatening with lawsuits if not paid. Both Sky Broadband and Virgin Media customers are affected, but not exclusively.

The companies behind it all, GoldenEye International also known as Mircom, had monitored torrents and then forced the ISPs to hand out the personal details based on those logs and now they hope that the people receiving the letters will be too scared to go to court and just pay up to get peace. But that’s generally a bad idea, as paying is the same as admitting guilt and they’ll drag you into the courtroom anyway.

But there is good news for the receivers of these letters as the Southampton-based Micheal Coyle of the Lawdit Solicitors told TorrentFreak that he would give his time free to defend them. Coyle is one of the most experienced UK-based solicitors in the file-sharing arena. Since 2008 he has spoken with or acted for more than 700 individuals who have received so-called Letters of Claim, including those involved in the infamous ACS:Law case that ended with solicitor Andrew Crossley being severely disciplined.

“I am a Copyright Solicitor and regularly enforce copyright where it has been infringed. People should respect the copyright of third parties. However, are some copyright holders abusing the great British public?” Micheal Coyle questions. “The amounts are quite staggering. In the most recent campaign 2500 letters were sent out. Typical sums demanded are in the range of £500 to £1000. If everyone pays say £700.00 this would generate £1,750,000 which is not bad even for the porn industry.”

There is one minor string attached, but it’s a good one. Coyle is a regular runner of the London Marathon and has raised thousands for children’s charities while doing so. If people want his help in these cases they’re going to have to get generously via this year’s donation page.

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UK ISPs Start Blocking The Pirate Bay Proxies

Internet service providers in the UK have, very quietly, started to block access to websites that provide links to proxy sites for The Pirate Bay. The sites themselves do not contain any copyright infringing material and are purely informational which, presumably, is why the ISPs are being so hush-hush about blocking access to them.

A High Court order requires the six UK ISPs to block access to the world’s major torrent sites and streaming portals, though these blocks can be bypassed using proxy or VPN services. Sites that merely posts lists of website addresses, as the banned proxy list sites do, do not fall within the purview of that court order, though copyright holders are known to have put ISPs under pressure to restrict access to proxy sites.

Sites known to be blocked by Virgin Media and TalkTalk are piratebayproxy.co.ukpiratebayproxylist.com, and ukbay.org.

TorrentFreak spoke with Dan, the operator of UKBay.org, who is understandably confused over the blockade. “The new blocks are unbelievable and totally unreasonable. To block a site that simply links to another site just shows the level of censorship we are allowing ISP’s to get away with,” Dan said.

“UKBay is not even a PirateBay proxy. It simply provides links to proxies. If they continue blocking sites that link to sites, that link to sites… there’ll be nothing left.”

Source: TorrentFreak

µTorrent Could Literally Blow Up Your PC!

According to Motherboarda package has been discovered that is linked to the popular Torrent download client µTorrent, that seemingly could destroy your computer. Not with a virus, but physically destroy it. This package, an app called ‘Epic Scale’, seemingly uses the processing power of your machine to mine Bitcoin for both Epic Scale and µTorrent.

A clause in the terms of Epic Scale raised eyebrows when someone noticed it and posted it on the µTorrent forums.

“You release Epic Scale and its agents … from and against all claims … arising from or related to (i) the use of the Application on your computer, including without limitation any blowouts or other damage to your computer from overheating due to intensive use of graphics cards or chips, or any slowing of your processing speed.”

What that effectively means, is that you’re giving the developers of this software the right to physically destroy your PC. Superfish is one thing, but a piece of software that you unknowingly give permission to destroy your computer is another; their profit at your expense.

Source: Motherboard

iFlix Allows You to Instantly Watch and Listen to Torrents on Android

A new app for Android makes viewing torrents easier than ever before. iFlix takes over after clicking on a magnet link, playing video and music in a clean interface. There’s no need to wait for a torrent to complete and skipping can be achieved in just a few moments.

While this in itself isn’t anything new, there aren’t any complicated settings to make in order to get it to work. It also has both interesting roots and future plans. The base for the idea came from another app by the same developer, one that allows parents to keep an eye on their kids while attending kindergarten.

Having bandwidth issues forced the developers to take a look at distributed systems similar to torrents which then lead to this new app. But it doesn’t stop here:

“iFlix is a product that’s’s based on a platform that I am trying to create. This platform is intended to be a P2P compute grid based on the Bitcoin protocol where instead of computing hashes to mine coins you compute different tasks, e.g ‘fetch the first two chunks from the magnet:x’ which iFlix does at this moment,” the developer Vali explains. “At this moment the engine behind the platform is based on the Google SPDY protocol and the purpose of iFlix is to measure the scalability of the engine.”

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