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.
A German court has ruled on a copyright infringement case that dates back to 2011 and the verdict has disturbing consequences for parents. The ruling found that parents must identify their child by name as the one responsible for downloading a torrent or they will be held responsible for the violation.
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).
Hot on the heels of Village Roadshow's recent legal shenanigans, the once massive torrent site KickassTorrents has come back online. Rather than a copycat (or malware-infested honeypot), this site reportedly has the original team behind it, though they've had to start from scratch in terms of content.
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.
The torrenting community has been tumultuous these past few weeks. First, Kickass Torrents was seized by the government after the owner's arrest. Now, one of the largest search engines has vanished.
Yes, yes they will. If you absolutely have to get movies and books for free, make sure you're doing it responsibly. I've received multiple emails since the alleged owner of Kickass Torrents (KAT) was arrested on Wednesday concerning new clones of the popular piracy website.
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.
Torrents-Time is an interesting little browser plugin that lets you stream torrents without needing to download a whole separate client. It's a boon for anyone who needs a simple way to torrent, but as a few people are pointing out, it's also horribly insecure.
Despite a stormy ride, The Pirate Bay is still alive and well. And now it has an intriguing new feature: you can stream the torrents it indexes right there in your browser.
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.
Netflix recently made a lot of people sad by announcing a block on using VPNs and proxies to access its services, shutting down a popular, semi-shady way to watch TV online. But according to CEO Reed Hastings, it's no big deal because no one was doing that anyway.
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.
Sick of paying for Spotify? Hate how hard it is to use Apple Music? Missing Grooveshark every day? Then you're going to love what renegade developer and lover of beer Andrew Simpson has built. It's called Aurous, and it's basically Popcorn Time for music.