Five men have been arrested as part of a probe into cyber attacks against groups viewed as enemies of the WikiLeaks website. Skip related content
British police conducted searches in an investigation with US authorities and say the arrests were related to recent 'distributed denial of service' (DDoS) attacks by an online group calling themselves Anonymous.
The five men, aged from 15 to 26, were detained in raids at homes in central and southern England.
More than 40 search warrants were executed in the America by the FBI.
A DDoS attack consists of swamping the resources of a computer such as a server to make it unavailable to users.
The maximum penalty in Britain for offences of computer misuse is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of £5,000.
WikiLeaks, which was founded by Australian-born Julian Assange, has disclosed classified US diplomatic cables which included candid and embarrassing assessments of world leaders as well as classified documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Internet activists carried out a series of online assaults last month against institutions they viewed as enemies of WikiLeaks, temporarily bringing down the websites of credit-card giants Visa and MasterCard, Amazon and the Swedish government.
Swedish authorities want Assange extradited from Britain so he can answer questions over sexual assault allegations, which he denies.
For those of you who are reading my blogs and wondering what the hell is going on and why I am reporting it the reason is simple.....Education. The internet has grown and made many changes in a very short period of time. When I started working on my website 10 years ago things were simple and money fell out of the trees. 10 years later you need to have your own tree to climb into to save yourself from the flood of information coming your way. It used to be that our only problems were file sharing and password theft. Now we've got kids building pipe bombs and breaking into their local banks through the laptops while they watch cartoons! The government has been unable to keep up it seemed as if there was zero understanding of the strength of web. That is until our issues became theirs.... It seems now that the web has become as tangled and dangerous as any real web except this web has lots of big headed spiders and very few cans of bug spray. Although my guess is that this year the bug to spray can ratio will change dramatically. Check out the links below to get up to date with the WWW-WTF issues of 2010/2011:
The five people arrested in the UK in connection with a spate of online attacks in support of WikiLeaks were today released on police bail, while in the US the FBI has issued search warrants as part of its investigation into online group Anonymous.
The FBI yesterday issued more than 40 search warrants across the US as part of its Anonymous probe, where the distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks the group carried out on the websites of companies including MasterCard and Visa are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Last night Anonymous issued a statement branding the UK arrests "a serious declaration of war" against the group of internet "hacktivists".
Yesterday's arrests are the first in the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit investigation in the UK.
Two teenagers, aged 15 and 16, were held along with three others in a series of raids in the West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and London early yesterday. The teenagers have to return to their local police station on 13 April and the three men the following day.
The five were arrested in connection with the thousand-strong group known as Anonymous, which last month launched a series of crippling attacks on the websites of companies that had withdrawn support for WikiLeaks, along with a number of government sites in Tunisia and Egypt.
DDoS attacks, which bring down sites by bombarding them with repeated requests to load webpages, are illegal in the UK under the Computer Misuse Act and carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a £5,000 fine.
"You can easily arrest individuals, but you cannot arrest an ideology. We are united by a common objective and we can and will cross any borders to achieve that," Anonymous said in its statement.
"So our advice to you, the UK government, is to take this statement as a serious warning from the citizens of the world. We will not rest until our fellow anon protesters have been released."
A Europe-wide investigation being carried out in conjunction with Scotland Yard has so far led to two Dutch suspects being arrested and subsequently released.
Anonymous was catapulted into public spotlight last month when it managed to bring down the websites of some of the world's most powerful financial institutions, including Visa and Mastercard. The group targeted these companies after they cut off ties with WikiLeaks, following the whistleblowers' site's release of confidential US diplomatic cables.
The group is understood to have grown significantly in number and firepower since its support of WikiLeaks, with the overwhelming majority of users simply volunteering their computer to be used in the attacks. Most of those involved in Anonymous operations do not disguise their internet protocol (IP) address, meaning they can be easily identified by police authorities.
Watch the fun I had with Kelly Starr during a photoshoot! I got her to log on to Twitter with me and chat with the planet!
12,637 More Porn BitTorrent Defendants
Thursday, January 6, 2011
In the past two weeks, six adult entertainment companies have filed seven lawsuits against 12,637 John Doe defendants.
All of the suits filed at federal courts in Dallas and San Francisco, seek to subpoena scores of ISPs to reveal the identities of the users who are alleged to have shared content through BitTorrent networks.
Here is a breakdown of the suits filed in the past two weeks:
Since Monday, 10,243 John Doe defendants have been fingered for using BitTorrent programs to download adult videos owned by Axel Braun Productions, Elegant Angel, West Coast Productions and Lightspeed Media Corp.
With the exception of Axel Braun Productions' suit, all of the other lawsuits don't specify movie titles but make available serial numbers associated with the movies. Axel Braun Productions is suing his defendants for poaching "Batman XXX: A Porn Parody."
Here's a breakdown of the suits: West Coast Productions has filed two suits, one with 5,829 defendants and another with 1,434; Elegant Angel filed suit against 156; Axel Braun Productions against 2,823; and Lightspeed Media has targeted one Doe.
Some of the suits recently dropped by U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in W. Virginia have been reconstituted in nearby District of Columbia.
Elegant Angel, Axel Braun Productions and West Coast Productions all had suits in W. Virginia originally filed by Kenneth Ford of Adult Copyright Co. Those suits are now handled by Ellis Bennett of Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver in Leesburg, Va.
Lightspeed Media's suit was filed in Chicago by attorney John Steele.
Check out this wacky interview from Exotica Miami Adult Show where I had WAYYY too much coffee! I LOVE COFFEE!
Here's Part 2- The Next Day
Doctors Charged With Sexy Cora’s Death
Friday, January 21, 2011
Sexy Cora died Thursday more than one week after suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma during breast enlargement surgery at the Alster Clinic in Hamburg
A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said doctors who responded to an emergency call to the clinic called police and filed charges.
A statement from the clinic said the doctors were "extremely upset and deeply regret the death of the patient " and that they are giving "full and complete support" to investigators.
"As matters stand currently a defect in the anesthetizing device can be ruled out," the clinic statement said.
"The claim that the monitoring could have given readings other than the actual vital functions of the patient has nothing to do with the facts and has no connection to reality."
An autopsy will take place next week and the cause of death "is still unclear," the prosecutor’s spokesman said.
"Erroneous behavior by the doctors is unproven and at this point just an 'assessment' by one of the emergency medical personnel who'd brought Ms. W to the University Clinic Hamburg," the clinic said. "Why the emergency doctor only appeared 20 to 25 minutes after the alarm was called is currently being checked." Sexy Cora, born on May 2, 1987, was a German pornographic actress, model, and reality show participant. Cora was born in Berlin. She was one of the participants of the 10th season of Big Brother Germany. Cora released two music singles after her Big Brother participation: "My Love – La, La, La" and "Lass uns kicken (Alles klar wunderbar)".
Waves of BitTorrent Piracy Suits Filed
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The number of suits, spawned by new technology and attorneys willing to cash in by searching out and identifying BitTorrent users, took a big jump in late summer.
The thousands of John Does who may have downloaded or distributed porn movies through BitTorrent are being served by scores of adult companies.
Gill Sperlein, general counsel for Titan Media, told XBIZ that he applauds the rash of filings. Sperlein oversees the Free Speech Coalition’s Anti-Piracy Action Program’s day-to-day operations.
“There many different ways people infringe adult content,” he said. “However, content producers have recently started working together to stop infringement in all of its forms.
“The industry is down 30 to 40 percent. I attribute almost all of that to piracy.”
In the past two months, more than a dozen companies have filed suit against swarms of BitTorrent users.
Adult studios Larry Flynt Publications, VCX, Lightspeed Media Corp., Titan Media, Corbin Fisher, Mick Haig Productions, First Time Videos (FTVCash.com), BlazingBucks, Chicas Place and Michael Lucas Productions.
So has AmateurAlleur.com, Grooby Productions, West Coast Productions, Combat Zone, Third World Media and Elegant Angel.
VCX President David Sutton told XBIZ that it’s well past its time to go after pirates illegally distributing or downloading his material.
“They are taking away from my sales — from VOD to mail order,” Sutton told XBIZ. “There is a lot of different components of piracy, not the least of which is the guy who is downloading my adult content.
“But our hope is that every component of downloading will be stopped, including the bit torrent companies that facilitate the downloading. So far, we have had some remedial success in getting sites to pull our content off.”
In all of the recent legal cases, the companies have asked for motions to discover the identities of the defendants through their Internet service providers.
Once identified, attorneys will have the leverage to settle with the defendants or decide to meet them at court. In nearly all cases, the attorneys work on a contingency basis for the clients.
Attorney John L. Steele of Chicago, who operates Media Copyright Group, offers a “turnkey solution for combating online piracy of their copyrighted media,” according to his website.
Steele told XBIZ that, depending on studio client, letters will go out to alleged BitTorrent downloaders offering settlement deals between $1,900-$3,900 for each infringed movie.
“Of course, those numbers are initial settlement numbers,” he said. “For those who decline those offers, the bill goes up to about $7,500.”
Steele, who offers to track and ID infringers through his company’s proprietary software, said that piracy is setting the industry back substantially.
“I don’t like piracy,” he said. “I think that if left unchecked, the file sharers are going to set back this industry 20-30 years. Why should studios spend money for huge productions, when there are those who get it for free.”
Third World Media, which sells ethnic and shemale adult content, has found that tracking down and legally confronting users who share their material on the web has created its own niche industry, with its own revenue stream.
‘Ever since technology has enabled us to track users who distribute our content, we’ve been seeing this as a new source of revenue,” Third World’s Ed Hunter told XBIZ, noting that the 11-yearold Chatsworth, Calif., company uses three separate companies to hunt for piracy.
Attorney Sperlein agrees. “It is not surprising that content owners are seeking new ways to try to recoup a small portion of the huge amounts of revenue lost to piracy,” he said. Allowing unfettered illegal distribution of content is simply not sustainable.”
Larry Flynt Publications President Michael Klein echoed Sperlein and told XBIZ that if the industry doesn’t get a firm grip on piracy, “you can watch all of your efforts and your profit wither away.”
“There’s a need [for litigation], and we can make a few dollars along the way,” he said.
With the potential for a new stream of revenue, some of the attorneys involved in piracy cases are even pitching their jurisdictional abilities to litigate.
For example, attorney Evan Stone said he files the suits in the Lone Star state because porn producers have an easier time establishing copyright in Texas.
“Showing proof that you’ve applied for a copyright is good enough for the Northern District of Texas,” Stone said. “While in other jurisdictions you’d need to hold the copyright already — which is either time-consuming there’s an eight month backlog or expensive $800 to expedite the application.”
With legal wheels and technology in place, more suits are in the works as more studios join in on litigation against online porn thievery.
Matt H of Copyright Enforcement Group told XBIZ that his company represents more than 35 adult companies.
“We will be filing suits for five other adult studios very soon that will include a much larger amount,” Matt H said.
Steele also said his company, Media Copyright Group, plans on mounting more legal attacks. His firm already has six suits.
“We’re looking at seven more suits by Dec. 31,” Steele said, noting that Media Copyright Group now has a dozen clients.