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Automatic takedown – a step too far

Posted by Kevin on September 5, 2016

Europol announced yesterday that “1,677 media content and social media accounts in 6 languages containing terrorist and violent extremist propaganda have been processed for the purpose of referral.” ‘Referral’ by Europol’s Internet Referral Unit effectively means ‘takedown’ without judicial oversight. Few people will object to the removal of illegal content from the internet. ‘Terrorist and […]

Has the Tor takedown begun?

Posted by Kevin on December 22, 2014

Three days ago the TOR Project blog warned, The Tor Project has learned that there may be an attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers in the network called directory authorities. Possible upcoming attempts to disable the Tor network There has been some suggestion that this […]

TF1 claims copyright over junk — demands takedown

Posted by Kevin on November 4, 2014

You couldn’t make it up if you tried. MalwareMustDie posts and shares malware/junk samples for other security researchers on MediaFire. But MediaFire has taken down one sample because it allegedly infringes copyright, according to a tweet a few hours ago: MalwareMustDie also shared the letter it received from Mediafire: At first glance this is hilarious. […]

Lecpetex is/is not taken down by Facebook and is/is not like Zeus – possibly

Posted by Kevin on July 10, 2014

A new whitepaper published yesterday by F-Secure Labs provides technical details on the malware known as Lecpetex. It follows Facebook’s publication yesterday of a report titled, Taking Down the Lecpetex Botnet. Lecpetex is a botnet primarily designed to mine bitcoins and primarily spread via the Facebook social network through malicious attachments to messages sent out […]

Europol, FBI, NCA and others disrupt the Gameover Zeus botnet — claim a 2 week window for users to get clean

Posted by Kevin on June 2, 2014

There’s nothing from the FBI yet (at the time of writing); but that will surely follow. In the meantime Europol has announced, On Friday, 30 May 2014, law enforcement agencies from across the world, supported by the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, joined forces in a coordinated action led by the FBI which ensured […]

Mystery surrounds the fate of torrent site publichd.se

Posted by Kevin on June 2, 2014

Torrent sites come and go. They come with the promise of substantial revenue and go with the threat or actuality of legal action. Publichd.se is/was a fairly recent arrival, and achieved remarkable success. Now it has suddenly disappeared without a trace or explanation. It arrived towards the end of 2012 and grew first rapidly and […]