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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Enough playing nice with the advertising industry over ad-sponsored piracy

Excuse me if I don’t get too excited over Creative Future’s recent letter to ad industry representatives praising their for its efforts against online piracy. We are writing to thank you for the progress you have made in addressing the exploitative practices used by some in the online advertising marketplace, including the diversion of advertising to websites engaged in piracy. Your pledge to act to reduce digital piracy is commendable. In your June 19 letter to the Co-Chairs of the International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus, you highlighted the “Core Criteria for Effective Digital Advertising Assurance” that you are developing, as well...

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Google-funded interest groups come to defense of Sugar Daddy

So-called “public-interest” groups really just “Google-interest” groups Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s efforts to hold Google accountable for its suspect business practices has come under fire recently by so-called web “watchdog” groups who’ve come to the defense of the internet behemoth.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Democracy & Technology and Public Knowledge and others filed an amicus brief in support of Google’s efforts to ignore a subpoena from Hood requesting information related to its operations linked to illegal drugs, pornography and online piracy.  Hood claims the company is in violation of the state’s consumer laws. EFF, Center for Democracy & Technology and Public Knowledge...

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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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