Austria vs The Pirates

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It is official. The Austrian busy little cyber bees, who are not too much eager to pay for the digital content, can forget about the Pirate Bay, Isohunt.to, 1337x.to, and h33t.to. You do not have to ask why, do you? The Europeans are trying to make a point in an endless fight against piracy, or what?

On the other hand, we just could not help ourselves noticing an impressive list of countries, which have agreed to cancel the local hospitality for these notorious pirate websites. So, what is this supposed to mean? Are we going to eradicate cyber piracy in Europe? Somehow, we are not too optimistic about it.

Why? Well, for what is worth, the online pirates have proven themselves more than once to be one tough opponent. Their ability to change, adapt, and find new creative ways to continue with their forbidden work is quite an impressive one. They will think of something, in the meantime, that is for sure.

The only thing we are not sure about is, how long this meaningless legal game of a cat and a mouse is going to last. Until we become dead tired, or Hollywood spends all of its money for lawsuits, or pirates disappeared completely, or else? Or we stop writing about this topic?

RIAA vs BitTorrent

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Even if you are hesitating to admit it, at least a little bit, we all know everything there is to know about BitTorrent, don’t we? Yet, what is the catch with this confusing abbreviation the RIAA? Can you guess what it stands for? To tell you the truth, we had to ask Google, in order to get a proper answer.

The RIAA stands for The Recording Industry Association of America, and now our post’s title makes a perfect sense to us. The RIAA has decided to complain about the “alleged” BitTorrent’s lack of compliance with the rigorous copyrights and intellectual property laws.

Is not this a little bit too late? In addition, we got used to seeing only Hollywood complaints in this field. So, now it is the music industry’s turn to strike back. As you might have expected it, in its own defense the busy little bees in BitTorrent said that the users themselves are to be blamed.

We all know, how this one is going to end, don’t we? Either BitTorrent will comply unconditionally, or we will witness the last moment of the BitTorrent. Something huge is going on for sure. The entertainment empire has decided to strike back, like never before. Is there a next chapter in this story?

Your Monthly Superhero

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It turns out that one of the worst, most recent Android security troubles called the Stagefright, has one more or less expected consequences. Are you eager to find out what happened, eventually? Well, for what is worth, both Google and Samsung are going to deliver security updates on a monthly basis.

So, it is a double bubble protection. Right? This is a simplified version, which is not too far away from the truth. On the other side, we had to face a cyber threat of epic proportions, in order to come to our senses. Then, it is better this way, than to wait for some security updates indefinitely, or which will come too late.

In plain English, if our math is right, we can expect one security update from Google, and one more from Samsung, for each and any month. Right? That is like, two security improvements per month, or Samsung is going to do some copy/paste of the things Google plans to deliver first? Either way, this is an invaluable win-win.

So, what is the moral of our sweet double-bubble security story? Well, sometimes something bad has to happen, in order to get something good. If the Stagefright was the price we had to pay, for our improved security, then let it be. It was worth it. But, no more bad things giving us good changes. Please.

The Stagefright Detector App

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The busy little bees, who discovered one of the most serious Android vulnerabilities, have done nicely their cyber-security homework. If you have a Nexus, then you do not have to use this app. You will know, when you are in the Stagefright trouble. But, what about the others?

Well, this app comes to the rescue. If you are aware about the problem on your Android smartphone, then you are almost half cured, so to speak. However, there is a catch, you should be fully aware about. Can you guess what it could possibly be?

Unfortunately, this app does what its name says it does, no more, no less. This is a detector, not a fixer of the problem it so successfully detects. That is why, we are extremely worried. Quite a few people are going to be disappointed or even angry. With no justifiable cause, of course.

Detection is the first, but definitely not the only step, on your road of cyber recovery. We should be grateful for this essential feature of this app, rather than to complain, why it does not fix what it detects at the moment. Our hats off to this app, the rest is up to you, as always.

The Trouble In Firefox Paradise

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Here is a bad news for all Windows and Linux Mozilla users. There is a security flaw in Firefox JavaScript sector, which leaves an open door for hackers to exploit. What is happening with Mac users? Well, for the time being, their apple Apple is safe from harm.

What can we do about it? According to Mozilla, all what you have to do is to upgrade your Firefox to the latest version available. On the other side, there is no point of crying over the spilled milk in the earlier versions, is it? Is that all cyber-folks?

Apparently, it is. The business is going to be as usual for Mozilla. The users, who are going to experience a couple of privacy related inconveniences here and there, will not have a decent chance to complain. In the matter of days, we are very likely to forget this most recent trouble.

So, what is the moral of this story? Well, it is good to be fully aware about the imperfections of our existing cyber-empire. But, at the same time, you should not worry too much about it. Why? Because, there is not much you can do about it.

Samsung Works Out Its Security Muscles

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How about regular mobile security updates on a monthly basis? Does this sound like a good plan for Samsung users? On the other hand, we just cannot help ourselves wondering, what made Samsung to turn the security “tide”, in this field, all of a sudden?

Well, from what we have heard, Google has initiated this security avalanche. How? For what is worth, Google wants to ensure the top security of its Nexus users. Regular security updates will become a common thing for them, regardless of current Nexus model or version they are using.

Samsung obviously thinks that this is a good idea. After all, they live in the same Android neighborhood, don’t they? If we are going to get regular and periodical security updates, then we are sure that someone is going to take care about our cyber-safety. Right?

Our hats are off to Samsung for this win-win strategy. It comes without saying that users are going to appreciate and award it accordingly. We just cannot wait to get the first available updates in this field. Keep up with the good work Samsung, and Android will remain to be the primary number one mobile choice.

Android SMS Pirates

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The busy little bees in Zimperium have been particularly occupied these days. Their findings are extremely disturbing. For what is worth, Android is in a serious trouble. We just could not believe how much damage you can cause with a single SMS, or an MMS to be more precise.

So, what is going on under the Android sun? Well, it seems that you only need a phone number, in order to proceed with your vicious plans. As soon as you send this dangerous message, you are in the control of an infected device. That is only the beginning.

You have an option to destroy this message almost immediately. In this way, you victim will not have a clue what is going on with his or her smartphone. So, what is the plan of these brilliant Zimperium guys? Well, Google has been warned. They are on the move.

It is also worth mentioning that Zimperium has provided a detailed description of the problem, including a solution for it. Google is silent on this one. Google is embarrassed about it. The SMS menace is out there. What can we do about it? Google, do not keep us waiting.

The Consoles Are Back In The Game

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Great news for Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony. China has canceled its limitations related to distribution of gaming consoles throughout its territory. So far, the gaming consoles in China were strictly limited to the free zone of Shanghai. Now, all doors are wide open, for the first time.

This is going to create an unparalleled gold rush for gaming consoles. China is the promised land for any manufacturer in the cyber field. Yet, we have to worn you that this is not going to be an easy ride, as it may seem at the first glance. Why?

Just because China has decided to suspend some of its commercial limitations, it does not mean that the censorship is being canceled, as well. In other words, you may get any console in China you want, but this does not mean you can play any game you want on them.

Either way, our hats off to China, for this unexpected, but highly appreciated decision. We are more than sure that the busy little business bees in Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony, are already dreaming huge. Who is to blame them. The Chinese dream has become a reality.

MPAA vs MovieTube

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The busy little legal bees in the MPAA (The Motion Picture Association of America) have obviously found a way to end the pirate reign of the MovieTube. This notorious piracy website, including a couple more similar sites associated with it are offline.

But, for what is worth, this is only the beginning. The MPAA is after some legal blood, including the substantial compensation claims. Yet, it is always interesting to see what is going to happen in the legal, financial and piracy aftermath of these events.

Is it possible to end the online piracy with a single lawsuit? How come we cannot find a middle ground after all of this time? The entertainment industry is merciless and unwilling to compromise, while on the other side, the pirates themselves are stubborn and innovative.

It sounds like a nice scenario for a disaster movie. The only difference is that we are talking about the real life people and events within the virtual world. There is no win-win outcome here. Does the entertainment industry earn more than enough? Can the pirates find other things to do? Questions with no answer.

The Return Of Wild Neutron

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Kaspersky Lab has issued the most serious warning in 2015. The notorious Wild Neutron is back on its malicious track. Among the potential targets are: France, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Palestine, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, UAE, Algeria and the USA.

In addition, we can expect from the following corporate entities to be among the primary goals for the Wild Neutron in the above mentioned countries: law and insurance firms, Bitcoin and investment companies, large IT companies, healthcare and real estate corporations.

So, the rest of use, so-called ordinary mortal users can relax, for a while. So, how they do it? Well, from what we know for sure, more or less, they heavily exploit the security flaw in the Adobe Flash Player. Could this be the reason for the cancellation of hospitality for this player among major IT players?

Well, it could be very easily. Mozilla, Facebook, Yahoo, and Twitter just had enough of Adobe Flash Player associated trouble. Can you eliminate the Wild Neutron, if you remove the Adobe Flash Player from your system? Well, this is undoubtedly a good question to ask. What do you think?