|ISPs around the globe are being bombarded with fake DMCA warnings and settlement demands. The scammers are pretending to represent various copyright owners, including HBO, sending numerous takedown notices to ISPs. The first phishing scam was noticed in June when a Cox subscriber was targeted. But later it turned out that the phishing expedition is not limited to the US or to the Game of Thrones. Apparently, the scheme is much broader than previously thought: the ISPs in the UK and Australia have also received similar notifications. Some of them realize it’s a scam, but others simply forward the notices to their subscribers.
In a professionally worded message, the subscriber is accused of downloading a pirated copy of the Games of Thrones. If they fail to settle the case online for a few hundred dollars within 72 hours, the fake HBO says it might go to court. At that point the original settlement offer will no longer be an option and the amount will increase. Such DMCA notices are causing confusion at some Internet providers, because HBO and its piracy monitoring company do send takedown notices, but they do not include the threatening settlement requests.
In the meantime, the fake notices seemed believable, because they were made about customers who are accustomed to seeing a high volume of torrenting complaints about. This means that the scammers are most likely scraping the IPs from real torrent swarms rather than just making them up out of thin air.
The true representative of HBO in anti-piracy deals, IP-Echelon, informs that the US law enforcement is currently looking into the matter. But tracking down the source of phishing scams is normally very difficult.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Sunday, July 10th, 2016
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