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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Piracy Monetization Firm Pressures ISPs to Hijack Subscribers’ Browsers

Piracy Monetization Firm Pressures ISPs to Hijack Subscribers’ Browsers

Piracy Monetization Firm Pressures ISPs to Hijack Subscribers’ Browsers

Added: Sunday, June 26th, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
Rightscorp, known well for its aggressive attempts to obtain settlements from allegedly pirating file-sharers, is urging ISPs to use its browser hijacking system. The group suggested to introduce a gradual approach where pirating Internet users eventually have to pay a fine to regain access.


Thus far the firm’s operation hasn’t been particularly successful: it is reporting millions in losses, while major ISPs are not forwarding its settlement demands, even when being offered a cut of the profits. Now Rightscorp decided to make its services more appealing to Internet service providers and offers them a system where the browsers of subscribers are locked until they pay a fine for copyright infringement.

Rightscorp explained to one of the ISPs that it was tracking tens of thousands of repeat infringers, who were sent more than a million notices. The group estimated that on an annual basis, there are 95 million instances of copyrighted content being distributed illegally on its network without compensation to the owners. Rightscorp said that in order to solve this problem, repeat infringements have to be properly warned and face a system where they are threatened with serious consequences if they continue infringement.

Instead of simply forwarding settlement offers, the group proposed a system where the ISP hijacks subscribers’ browsers. Rightscorp estimated that it would only affect 1/10 of infringers in the early going, but the number would gradually increase to 9/10. The system works via a combination of soft and hard redirects. The former will suspend access until the subscriber acknowledges he or she is informed of the consequences. After 5 notices this switches to the latter, which requires subscribers to pay up to browse the web again.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-06-27 01:18:27)
No avatarI have had demands but they took the form of a browser hijack that required me to phone so that the 'piracy' was resolved - one such hijack was labelled as Microsoft Error 268D3, another occurred but as I found a solution I took no note of the content. The hijack took the form of locking all browser activity, obviously attempting to force you into following their demands...

BUT I found that there was a way out - The 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... OR boot in Safe Mode (Windows F8 key during boot) WITHOUT NETWORK, once in SAFE MODE, open the Browser that was previously locked and close ALL the TABS then reboot in normal mode and the Hijack should be gone

posted by ET junkieKitty (2016-06-27 08:29:08)
Selsley avatarthought it was illegal to intentionally change code in peoples computers and hijack webpages or to even change a browsers homepage without permission

posted by ET lover (2016-06-27 10:57:06)
se7enslayer avatarUs hacking them is illegal. Not the other way around.

posted by (2016-06-27 18:56:40)
No avatarThis could be deemed illegal potentially. It would take the right judge who may see it as a form of extortion.
Also run into the situation if they hijack the browser of someone who never infringed at all. That could be a lawsuit waiting to happen.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2016-06-27 23:40:18)
SirSeedsAlot avatarOh wow let's hope that doesn't take hold since it is policing Judge Dredd-Style what we do on the web. "I am the laaawwwwww!"

posted by Turtle (2016-06-28 21:31:19)
BaBaDapper avatarThis sounds a move too far. Even bailiffs cannot take a workmans tools, so what when they hijack someone who works from home using their browser? Someone who maybe disabled or housebound and used their browser as a link to the outside world? And then what when they get it wrong?

Sincerely if my ISP allowed this I would f'k them off (this means leave them).

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