Google’s “safe browsing” initiative is more bark than bite

Despite headlines, it’s still business as usual for Google — Piracy sites full of malware and deceptive ads top Google search

Last fall Google introduced a series of steps to strengthen its Safe Browsing initiative announcing it would include protection against, “social engineering attacks – deceptive tactics that try to trick you into doing something dangerous, like installing unwanted software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards).
Sounds like a positive step against online piracy since malware and deceptive advertising is online piracy’s bread and butter right? WRONG…

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Piracy for profit-YouTube’s dirty secret

YouTube and Russian “aggregator,” piracy partners in crime? When a bad guy steals your car stereo, to turn it into easy money, he often turn it over to a “fence” in exchange for quick cash.  Wikipedia explains this criminal workflow this way: A fence is an individual who knowingly buys stolen property for later resale, sometimes in a legitimate market. The fence thus acts as a middleman between thieves and the eventual buyers of stolen goods who may not be aware that the goods are stolen. As a verb, the word describes the behaviour of the thief in the transaction: The...

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Brand names still appearing next to sex advertisements on pirate site.

If you’re wondering where my earlier post about ads disappearing from clicktoview.org, I apparently spoke too soon.  As of this evening the advertising was back–major name brand advertising video ads again displayed adjacent to sex ads.  Solarmovie.so is also involved as original source of the link and it’s not clear how or if the ad revenue is shared between the two pirate sites. When I checked a link for the newly released “Carrie” I came across these ads (note the ads alongside the sex ad are actually videos that play): Bounty paper towels, Vicks (official sponsor of the NFL starring Saints’...

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Do Online Advertisers Get What They Pay For?

Ad industry executives were out in force this week at the annual “Advertising Week” convention in New York City.  Not surprisingly, the issue of digital piracy’s link to advertising dollars was raised during a panel discussion “Digital Media Under Attack-It’s Worse Than You Thought.”  Privacy-net’s Gordon Platt reported on the event: Much of the conversation focused on the relationship between advertising and piracy, not unexpected for an Advertising Week event. “No one has asked the blunt question of whether you want your ad associated with a pirate site,” said [Rick] Cotton. He added, “Advertisers should not want their ads to be...

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Pirate Website’s Own Poll Shows Nearly 30% Used Google to Find Their Way to Pirated Movies Online

Google comes in a close second to word-of-mouth in path to piracy poll A while back one of the world’s most popular pirate websites, LetMeWatchThis went through tumultuous times as its domain name was hijacked and cloned by other not-so-nice pirates.  According to torrentfreak.com the hijacking, and general confusion led to the domain switching to an entirely new domain, primewire.ag: One of the largest unauthorized streaming movie websites on the Internet is at the center of what is probably the most confusing mess ever to hit the sector. Various hackings, hijackings, domain changes and nefarious happenings have turned 1Channel, LetMeWatchThis, PrimeWire.ag...

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