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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Pirates’ Browsers May Be Hijacked by Copyright Owners

Pirates’ Browsers May Be Hijacked by Copyright Owners

Pirates’ Browsers May Be Hijacked by Copyright Owners

Added: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2014
Piracy monetization service Rightscorp has revealed some details of its cooperation with Internet service providers. While originally the ISPs were asked to send out notices to subscribers with offers of $20 settlements, it eventually turned out that the plan of the anti-piracy outfit was to hijack the browsers of the infringers until they have actually agreed to settle.

Today many copyright owners all over the world are trying to cut down on Internet piracy, and US-based Rightscorp outfit believes that it has found a great solution. Rightscorp spends its free time monitoring BitTorrent networks for copyright infringement, linking IP addresses to broadband providers, and then asking the ISPs to forward DMCA-style notices to the alleged pirates. The important fact is that the notices in question offer a $20 settlement in order to avoid supposed lawsuits. Rightscorp revealed that 75,000 cases have already been settled.

Earlier in 2014, the anti-piracy outfit reported that its operation cost over $2.1 million in 2013, although it only resulted in $300,000, which makes it a shortfall of $1.8 million. Now Rightscorp is reporting the results of its second quarter to investors, and the report contains some interesting facts.

Despite the company losing $1.4m in the first 6 months of 2014, Rightscorp keeps pushing on, representing the entire BMG catalog, coupled with artists belonging to the Royalty Network like Beyonce, Calvin Harris and Kanye West. What is more important is that the outfit is currently working with 140 broadband providers, some of which are really disconnecting repeat infringers.

Rightscorp is going to pursue Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Cable Vision “and one more” in order to make them forward settlement demands and to compel the user to settle so that they can get back to browsing the Internet. The idea is that ISPs are actually able to bring a complete halt to their subscribers’ Internet browsing activities by putting a “hard redirect” to their browser. In other words, mere allegations from the copyright owner may bring a complete halt to an entire Internet connection until a fine is paid.

In addition, it must be noted that Rightscorp is usually looking for more than just $20. While the company does have a headline settlement fee of $20, it applies this for each and every album track, thus piling the costs.

So, if you have received an initial infringement notice, you might think that the problem can be solved for $20 (of which the content creator will only receive a half). But after contacting Rightscorp you will realize that the matter is much worse, while the anti-piracy outfit already knows your name and address. Too bad…

What about the success rates then? The company admitted that 75,000 cases have been settled thus far, but it is unknown how many people have ignored its notices. The suspicions are that those 75,000 is just a drop in the ocean.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

August 20th,2014

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Date:  Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Comments (23) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2014-08-20 02:44:29)
ao1jmm avatarReformat your PC. Wouldn't that stop them?

posted by (2014-08-20 02:59:35)
cujimmmy avatar@ ao1jmm Please explain further

posted by (2014-08-20 03:16:19)
Mr_T_Cat avatar@ ao1jmm I am not sure what you think formatting your HD will achieve. Once they have your IP address your stuffed. The only solution as far as I can see is to use an anonymous proxy to hide your ip address on the torrent network. Something that we should all be doing any way.

posted by (2014-08-20 03:34:06)
Datashift avatardelt with this, re-partition and request a new ip address from you provider. Most providers us an open portal system. As long as the nfo is not contained on the system in general, there is no ssh to open a portal to the site in question. Use a new router, get a new nic.. Blah blah blah. What it does is create a white screen no different than a virus in you display command. The one i seen when fixing a clients computer was for a video downloaded. Remember people the hardware is owned by the end-user and to go to this extreme all the piracy and anti-hacker laws for the black hats and red hats comes into effect as they are hacking and hi-jacking your system, are you dumb enough to turn yourself in is really the question by contacting them, almost all websites log your ip to isp now why would you send it directly to them by going to their site. funny thing is on their site there is no copyrighted material so it's just suspicion. Try this one to avoid, use a decompiler and compiler or dvd maker to rip the f*in scripting for the virus out of the subtitle stream and it does not activate.

posted by (2014-08-20 03:41:45)
KingTubby avatar1: don't use windows
2: anyone dumb enough to install browser plugins, etc is asking for trouble
3: i agree with earlier posts, proxy is your friend
4: dynamic ip address rather than static just turn off modem, wait 10 mins, restart modem, enjoy new ip

posted by (2014-08-20 03:51:32)
metazip avatarJust use fictitious names and addresses as many Facebook and other social media sites users already do to keep their employer from snooping on them.

posted by (2014-08-20 11:08:27)
No avatarTry using IP blockers .just another layer of protection.

posted by (2014-08-20 13:46:50)
No avatarIP blockers and all that bullshit doesn't work. STOP USING TORRENTS unless they are from SaM, juggs or YIFY. Other than that, use VPNs

posted by (2014-08-20 15:54:35)
jumbo71 avatar@8 is correct, vpn's are the best and secure way to use torrents, and for extra safety try getting onto private torrent sites.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2014-08-20 16:17:32)
SirSeedsAlot avatarHoly crap!! The world's largest pirate site is YouTube!!! Go after Google and its users!!! One music video there gets what, like 10-150 million views while my measly upload gets 1,000 downloads. YouTube pirates!!! Hijack their browsers, hot shots!!

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSun (2014-08-20 20:50:59)
bone111 avatarIve seen viruses that do the same sort of thing uk police asking you to pay £100 fines ect is ways of getting rid of them but its more easy to reinstall windows

posted by (2014-08-20 21:11:06)
tpbcrazy avatarrequest new IP? wow. what a solution. I, sir, bow in awe!
Sigh, idiocracy is the system of the day!

posted by (2014-08-20 22:55:35)
scsunshine71 avatarThis has been going on for years and it is what it is. Nothing can stop Piracy no matter how much money they spend!!!

posted by (2014-08-21 09:23:54)
raadden avatarSo many clueless commenters.. Dynamic IP doesn't help you.. They only have to ask the ISP of the infinging IP who had it at the time of the infringement (It's called logs)
IP blockers are for paranoid idiots who are dumb enough to think antipiracy firms don't know the word proxy.

#13 They are not trying to stop piracy, they are trying to invent a way to make you pay them without themselves comitting a felony.

posted by men (2014-08-21 15:11:18)
ZerlindaX avatarI've to agree with #14. Many clueless commenters.
Crap! Just another company trying to make a name for it self.
First, there's several Hijacking and Ransom virus programs
already making it's rounds on the internet. You really think a
ISP wants to get involve hijacked it's members wed browsers
with all the negative issues going around? Second, if anyone
stupid enough to send in $20.00 is a fool and open themselves
up for more trouble. Ghost you could almost get you all the
music right from YouTube.

OK stupid people, send me $20.00 and you'll start fresh. I only
take US or British cash, lol.

posted by men (2014-08-22 02:50:29)
ToeringsNthongz avatarI just use ip changer,it DOES work,i know lots of people with the same ISP i have and in same neighborhood ,they have been warned,well all i have to say is,its atleast year later now and im yet to get even ONE warning.

posted by (2014-08-22 05:40:24)
No avatar@16 what you mean IP changer is thata pprogram?? Where do you get it?

posted by (2014-08-22 14:08:41)
Rocjames avatarWhat's a good proxy?

posted by (2014-08-26 05:03:09)
shivababa avatarWill it work on ubuntu systems?

posted by (2014-08-26 08:16:04)
nurvx avatarRights Corp is using illegal means to crack down on pirating. They are essentially using a file as a Trojan to execute malicious code on a down-loaders system and then extort money to have the code released. Sound familiar?
Pirating software is a legal issue. Any action taken against an alleged pirate must be handled by the courts. They are essentially thugs hired by clients to take matters into their own hands. They set their own value on a product and try to force an alleged infringer to pay said price without legal means to do so. should someone be so inclined to consult an attorney, Rights corp may very well find themselves in both civil and criminal courts. Attempting to fight fire with fire can get you twice as burned.

posted by (2014-08-27 14:05:13)
ecco51 avatarAbsolutely, nurvx .. well said.

posted by (2014-08-28 20:20:14)
ausy77 avatarinvest in a seedbox

posted by (2016-06-27 00:45:47)
No avatarThe simplest solution is to disconnect from the internet (remove the networking cable from the rear of the computer) Close the offending TABS in the browser (I close all TABS to be sure) then reconnect all back to normal...

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