DMCA Experiment, Part 3: Searching For The Delete Triggers

The Main Guru DMCA Experiment, Usenet

So far, so good. In the first two steps, we established that anti-piracy firms use bots that check for certain parameters, the most important being keywords or keyphrases. If an exact release name is used as a title (for example Game.Of.Thrones.S05E01.FRENCH.720p.HDTV.x264-Scaph), it seems to triggers a sure takedown, even if the rest of the subject line clearly shows the file …

Highwinds And The New Usenet Monopoly

The Main Guru Usenet

Usenet is one of the oldest discussion platforms on the Internet. Long before the World Wide Web with all its flashy websites and services became what we know today, people all over the world discussed politics, programming, or asked where the next episode of Star Wars would be released (remember that one episode of The Simpsons?). Of course, in the …

How To Download Anonymously With eMule

The Main Guru eDonkey, File Sharing

(List of peers in eMule. Click to enlarge.) What do you mean by “anonymous downloading?” Every time you download a file on eMule and connect to the network, you transfer your IP address (“telephone number” for the Internet) to the network, meaning you can be identified easily by anyone who wants to. Among those people are your ISP, and various …

How To Get Started With XDCC

The Main Guru XDCC

This article is part of the introduction to our series on XDCC / IRC downloading. If you already know the basics, feel free to click through to one of the other parts: Introduction: XDCC Downloading For Beginners How to get started with XDCC Part 1: How To Configure mIRC For XDCC Downloading Part 2: How To Download With mIRC Part …

How To Download Torrents Anonymously

The Main Guru Uncategorized

(List of peers / downloaders for a torrent. Click to enlarge.) What do you mean by “anonymous downloading?” Everytime you download a file on BitTorrent and connect to the network, you transfer your IP address (“telephone number” for the Internet) to the whole swarm, meaning you can be identified easily by anyone who wants to. Among those people are your …

PeerBlock Review

The Main Guru Law & Security, Torrents

PeerBlock, along with it’s predecessor PeerGuardian, has been around since 2003 as one of the first ways to protect file sharers from unwanted attention from anti-p(r)ivacy outfits and everyone else trying to analyse and track the networks, such as government agencies. Is it really worth the effort to install this free software to your computer, and how effective is the …

DMCA Experiment, Part 2: Ramping Things Up

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Now that we got our first takedown in step 1 of this experiment, things are going to get a bit more effective and aggressive. Since the sheer amount of possibilities and variations in header, file sizes etc. are just too many to test using our home Internet connection, we’re moving to a VPS, a virtual private server you can rent …

DMCA Live Experiment: Refuting A False Takedown

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Here is our exchange with Newshosting. As part of our DMCA experiment, we wanted to find out how providers react to DMCA takedown requests and how the whole process works. It took a while after the takedown for the message to reach us, but when it did our account was restricted from posting. Follow us as we file an appeal …