|A number of copyright holders, including HBO and Paramount Pictures, send out takedown notices for non-existent torrent links, accusing websites of distributing recently released movies and TV-shows. The problem is that the services in question have been down for a year. Apparently, anti-piracy groups automatically generate links based on hashes and don’t verify their data. This may illustrate just how far anti-piracy groups are ready to go in fabricating “evidence”.
For example, IP-Echelon sends takedown notices on behalf of HBO and Paramount Pictures, targeting websites that allegedly distribute popular video content. The sites reported include Zoink.it and Torrage.com, which have been operating as so-called torrent caches. They don’t have a searchable index of torrents but rather operate as a hosting platform for torrent sites, identifying torrents by their unique hash.
The first problem is that Zoink.it was shut down at the end of 2014. The other torrent cache, Torrage, has also been offline for quite a while. But the recent takedown notices still list them with hashes of new torrents – which never existed when the services were still online. It means that IP-Echelon is simply fabricating URLs based on torrent hashes without checking whether they even exist. This anti-piracy group is sending dozens of such fabricated notices per month.
While in this case no harm can be done, because the reported services are offline and can’t be punished by Google’s downranking algorithm, the very fact that the anti-piracy group keeps fabricating links suggests little oversight.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
|don't know about anyone else, but i would feel like a absolutely embarrassed knob if i put take down notices on non existing torrents !! lol|
way to go copyright holders !
so false torrent hashes are the way of the future maybe ?
|posted by (2016-08-23 16:17:48)|
|Looks like a helpless strike, just sue somone, hopefully it hits the right one...unbelivable!|
|posted by (2016-08-24 04:42:43)|
|It's prolly part of the reason Microsoft gave into NSA with windows 8(remote access). It became so obvious to so many and they lost a lot of business. Not to mention they were in such a hurry to release it, it had a ton of flaws. A torrent file is nothing until it's opened. It's the information war!|
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|posted by (2016-08-25 19:22:42)|
|If VPN is all that great to sign up for privacy wise.. Then why do they require your info to sign up for it in the first place..|
|#6-Clob The best question ever, and this apply to all VPN... Vulnerable Privacy Network|
Trust.zone only requires your email address if you pay with bitcoins. When using non-anonymous payment methods more info can be required for verification. But when using non-anonymous payment methods, you're not really anonymous anymore anyhow, regardless of what info is being asked.
VPN providers that require personal info even when paying with bitcoins, I would be wary of...
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