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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > US ISP Will Hijack Subscribers’ Browsers

US ISP Will Hijack Subscribers’ Browsers

US ISP Will Hijack Subscribers’ Browsers

Added: Monday, March 18th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
Since nobody in the United States thought it was a good idea to reign in the entertainment industry, it is currently acceptable for an Internet service provider to hijack a suspect infringer’s browser.

One of the largest American providers, Comcast, has explained how it is going to deal with its subscribers under the new “six-strikes” legislation. After 4 notifications the broadband provider will hijack Internet browsers of suspected serial pirates with annoying pop-ups. As you can understand, this will effectively make it impossible to browse the web, and the pop-up will only go away after the subscriber resolves the problem with a Customer Security Assurance representative.

Like other Internet service providers, Comcast starts out with alerts to inform its users that their account has been used to infringe copyright, sending out emails containing details of the suspected infringement. However, after 4 warnings, the repeated infringers will enter the so-called “mitigation phase”, which means that their service will be interrupted by the ISP.

It is still clear how the subscribers will manage to resolve the problem and what they will have to do. In the meantime, Comcast points out that the infringers won’t lose their account under the copyright alert program – in fact, they just won’t be able to use it. In addition, the ISP assures its subscribers that the browser hijack system has been tested for years, and it is supposed to work smoothly. It seems that the company believes its technology is unsinkable.

It turned out that this technology has been used to alert the users when their computer is infected by a malicious bot. However, it hasn’t been tested against a subscriber who fought against it. The ISP can be asked to hand over IP addresses of serial pirates if they fail to stop infringing. In fact, this move of Comcast will mean an end to the Open Wireless Movement, which has been allowing subscribers to share their access to the Internet with neighbors or complete strangers.

Industry experts admit that this measure is unlikely to be effective. What is more likely to happen is that people will switch to VPN providers and BitTorrent proxies – real infringers know how to avoid detection. Still, the move proves that the owners of automatic weapons have more freedoms in the United States than Internet users.

March 18th,2013

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Date:  Monday, March 18th, 2013

Comments (24) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-03-18 18:42:31)
Rockman avatarAwwww boy lets hope that along with V P N s and proxies that hackers can invent a strong comcast; the worst or next to worst of the worthless cowardly gang of Six; can invent a Pop up blocker for comcast users ! !

posted by (2013-03-18 19:30:51)
Raptor5 avatarThis is a very large STUPID IDEA, infact if you've got a minute this couldnt be a bigger STUPID IDEA if you made it 100ft high and painted it bright day glow orange saying I AM A STUPID IDEA.

posted by ET loverSuperman (2013-03-18 21:57:12)
tonymengela avatarI have a feeling brighthouse will be expanding its service and hopefully put comcast down for good, their service has always sucked, not only that I hope a class action suite is taken up against them, their contracts describes uninterrupted service unless equipment failure.

posted by (2013-03-18 23:42:40)
cggc avatarExpensive is to update and upgrade for a Internet company from software and hardware. and,certification from companies or knowledge workers to fix,help subscribers etc.... owners,franchisers with shares and public or not public business etc... partner or part of Microsoft companies and broadband business around world. Hackers all around and consumer complains with it. also, government trying to play it part and consumers playing to pay less all time even stilling broadband lines with investigation companies trying to make money catching anything etc... How we can considerer or warranty safe INTERNET same or part of home utility bills with real hijack infringer's above article?

posted by ET lover (2013-03-19 00:08:50)
firefoxsniper avatarThere's no talk of this yet in Canada,if there ever is and my isp goes along with it,I get rid of them and off to a hotspot I go.Thank Gord for laptops.

posted by (2013-03-19 00:50:14)
daveh avatarThanks SaM,

I'm in U.K but if any company did that here they wouldn't have many customers left.

posted by (2013-03-19 01:09:41)
Skaterz4life avatarThankz SaM

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-03-19 01:23:24)
Embolism avatarFascist Nazi scum,3 strikes and new ISP see how long they want to put the screws on people,first they will lose revenue and customers,then the confidence of the rest of their users,after all whether torrents or not no one wants to pay to be spied on not domestic or business users and if this is how an ISP behaves then theirs will be the loss.The FCC have already taken them to task over throttling back on p2p.

posted by Blocked (2013-03-19 01:38:39)
pollyvinyl avatar@ daveh BT were asked to "police" file shareing quite some time ago there reply was " its not our job " and there share holders backed them up they dont want any thing getting in the way of proffits god bless em !!

posted by (2013-03-19 02:05:02)
Rockman avatarAre their any internet providers in new jersey that won t round over and play police when the
M P A A commands it ?

posted by (2013-03-19 02:13:28)
ihatejammuandkashmir avatarThe Internet is freedom away from the Neo-Cons

posted by (2013-03-19 05:19:13)
Mufassa72 avatarSo Comcast rather do this and lose $$$$ and customers, since when is it now the ISP job to fight the copyright battles? But isn't it some type of violation of privacy or something for them to invade your computer? Talk about going above and beyond.

posted by (2013-03-19 09:09:42)
No avatarVery stupid idea but, since all of them are pacing up to have MPAA n RIAA shoved up their backside. we can only cancel contracts. I think they are trying to create a new and bloody expensive www where everyone has to pay for every single click. I don't think a possible failure has bothered these brilliant minds.

posted by (2013-03-19 10:16:04)
No avatarThey better suck up that idea, and it's a stupid idea full stop. I know UK will lose customers if that happen For the USA I am sorry you have are full support to knock this idea out.

posted by (2013-03-19 11:52:14)
No avatarIt's about that money.There is a small loophole for now. Pay For Business Class internet and you won't get sent any notices, which i have to have. Your isp will protect you if you give them the $$$. I have TWC I have to pay double for the same bandwidth that normal residential customers get. But no worries and its tax deduction.

posted by Blocked (2013-03-19 21:53:13)
skreamer avatarOnly going by this article (as I am not USSA based)

If you want class action the time is now and its perversely 'individual'. Leave Comcast now while they are making the move. It will give other providers something to think about.

However that may still not work as this is the new Law and eventually it will be with every ISP in the USA.

Also yes - money. All those who piggyback wireless routers of their neighbors will find they need to pay for net access of their own.

posted by Blocked (2013-03-19 21:57:34)
skreamer avatarUSSA = typo. Should read USA.

Good job it wasn't typo'd USSR!

But then again...?

posted by (2013-03-20 00:08:25)
MolecularNinja avatarAll the talk of comcast caring about its subscribers, losing revenue, and or subscribers period is not relevant. The point is comcast owns Universal studios and subsidiaries. They will make their money and enforce their silly rules because they are a multimedia corporation now, not just some cable company or ISP.

posted by ET lover (2013-03-20 13:09:20)
ironwarrior avatarUmm...the last sentence is 100% incorrect and probably a rehash from the liberal media.

It has been illegal to own automatic weapons or destructive devices in the United States since the 1934 National Firearms Act (as amended with the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act). There are criteria for ownership but the following has to be met:

1) The automatic weapon component must have been registered with the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) before May 19, 1986.
2) Completion of a Form 4 in duplicate that as passport photos and must be signed by a chief law enforcement officer in your area.
3) Completion of fingerprint cards in duplicate
4) Completion of form attesting citizen status.
5) Ownership must be allowed in state of residence.
6) Payment of $200 tax stamp

All is submitted to the BATF and it takes about 6 months to get the form back with the tax stamp. Of course, since there a limited amount of registered weapons, only the very rich get to own them (hmm...sounds like any other country on this planet). You might be able to get an M-11 for $3000, but a fully automatic M-16 costs about $22,000.

Of course, as in any other country, you can ILLEGALLY make an automatic weapon, but it's your azz if you get caught.

posted by ModeratorTrue Love (2013-03-21 01:33:34)
19tommy59 avatarSo ironwarrior,jumped right off topic did'nt you? and then contradicted yourself when you said it has been illegal to own automatic firearms in the U.S since 34, and then you go on to say but you can if you meet certain criteria, back to the real topic, Comcast is a major media Mogul here in the U.S and it sounds like they are well on their way to infringing upon the little guy again, unfortunately here there is no real unity so you wont see droves of customers bailing on Comcast as a result of them implementing these measures, there will be some sure but not enough to make a dent where it really counts, in their bank acct. if there were some unity you could do amazing things like thousands of e-mails to the company stating their intention to go to another cable provider should they begin to use the new program, they would drop it like its hot but alas... however I believe there will always be a way found to circumvent all measures that they can develop so worry not filesharing world all will be well and fek Comcast!!!

posted by (2013-03-21 05:34:08)
ihatejammuandkashmir avatarthey are always attacking the poor. It is like only rich people are allowed to have entertainment and poor people cannot have nothing it is really crazy.

posted by ET lover (2013-03-21 09:03:20)
ironwarrior avatarNo contradiction as it typically is illegal (particularly on a state by state basis where no exceptions exist), but as with many things deemed "illegal," there are exceptions or obfuscations, much like Comcast's policies. My comment was not off-topic anymore than the original statement--I provided ancillary information to clarify an incorrect statement that added to entice emotional bias.

ihatejammuandkashmir, I have an interesting validation for your statement. Several years ago, I was paying $500 a month for a 12MB BUSINESS CLASS cable internet connection.It was on a higher priority queue and did NOT slow down during peak afternoon/evening usage. I bluntly told the cable company that if I was going to be paying that amount, I wanted no restrictions--none. They were slobbering on themselves with glee that I bought into their high-end package, End result--for the two years I had the office and connection, I kept a constant stream of Usenet and torrent downloads of everything imaginable 24/7 and was NEVER questioned.

Of course, now I have a craptastic DSL connection since I lost my office during the economic downturn.

posted by (2013-03-21 12:54:40)
trolleater avatarThe only way to truly stop this is to drop off service with that internet provider (comcast), when they see that they will be losing money they will re-think their way of doing things, as long as we roll over and let them get away with this, they will do what they want, especially if we keep paying anyway....

posted by Blocked (2013-03-22 06:16:07)
klinger avatarJust use "bitguard", it hides your IP address and gives you a phony one. I have not gotten a e-mail from comcast since I started using it. Problem solved. It's as simple as that.

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