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Netflix bingers received a weekend surprise when they woke up this morning to find the first ten episodes of the new season of Orange Is the New Black have allegedly been leaked to torrent networks. A hacker group has claimed responsibility and they say it only occurred because Netflix refused to pay a ransom. The group also claims to have more shows from other networks.

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As of now, Australia's telecommunications service providers have to store your metadata — records of your phone and internet activity, which can reveal a huge amount of detail — for two years. Approved government agencies can access that data without a warrant. It's not private information, either.

One way to circumvent Australia's draconian metadata retention scheme is to install and use a VPN on your phone and on your PC. Here's what a VPN is, what it does, and why — and how — you should get one.

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Last week, we brought you the news that Village Roadshow was seeking to add 40 more sites to Australia's anti-piracy block list. ISPs must now ban customers from accessing popular torrent and movie streaming sites including ExtraTorrent, Demonoid, Torrent Downloads, TorrentProject, YTS, 123Movies, and Icefilms. Here is the full list of banned websites (and how to bypass the blocks).

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A day and a half — or less. That's how long there is until Amazon's new show The Grand Tour comes out, streaming on Amazon Prime. When do we get it in Australia? Not for at least another couple of weeks.

Two months — or more. That's how long there is until the BBC's visually stunning Planet Earth II airs in Australia, on standard definition free-to-air TV.

I want to watch both these shows, a lot. But I can't. Unless I pirate them, or use a VPN.

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A Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA) distribution campaign has been revealed on a number of torrent sites specifically targeting video games. Fake torrents with the names of sought-after games such as The Witcher 3 have been found, used as bait to trick you into silently installing PUAs on their computer.

Although PUAs are low risk, they are still malicious — changing your home page, hiding shortcuts, or replace existing browser shortcuts with shortcuts to third-party browsers filled with ads.

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Sweden has said "nope" to The Pirate Bay's ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se sites, forfeiting them to the state for assisting in copyright infringement, and forcing the torrenting site back to its old .org address.

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The oldest torrent that is currently still active is a fan-made ASCII render of The Matrix, and it was shared with the internet through BitTorrent on December 20, 2003. For more than 12 years, the same 4.3 gigabyte file has been downloaded by thousands of users, but a recent upswing in shares means that it's not disappearing any time soon.

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We've been complaining about the dearth of good quality 4K video — movies and TV shows, things we'd actually like to watch — for years now, ever since Ultra HD TVs started hitting the shelves of our favourite electronics stores. In Australia, having our relatively crappy internet speeds, streaming 4K over Netflix has never really been viable. Ultra HD Blu-ray looks great, though it's been a year away for five years now.

But good news for pirates over the weekend — a torrent release group has cracked the encryption on Netflix and Amazon's 4K video lockers, and ultra high-def rips of brand new TV shows are flooding out across the 'net.