Lloyds Bank Accounts Were Targeted in Online Attack Cybercriminals tried to block access to 20 million UK accounts of Lloyds Banking Group during 48-hour DDoS attack. Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland were bombarded with millions of fake requests, Samsung Blamed Battery Faults for Galaxy Note 7 Problem The smartphone maker has blamed Galaxy Note 7 batteries for causing its flagship smartphone to overheat and catch fire. This fault led to the recall of all Note 7 devices and damaged consumer confidence in Samsung. China to Crack Down on VPNs The country has launched a crackdown on the use of VPNs, which would effectively make it harder for the Internet users to circumvent its famous Great Firewall. The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has just officially announced a “cleanup” of Internet access services. The measures include making it illegal to operate a VPN service in China without government approval. Anti-Piracy Group Accused YouTube of Fraud over Trademark An anti-piracy group named Audible Magic, which operates in the digital fingerprinting space, complained to the US Patent and Trademark Office that YouTube infringed its “Content ID” trademark. New Wave of Site Blocks Anticipated in Australia A local movie studio is warning of a new wave of site blocking efforts in the country, citing a long list of websites to block in February. The promise to sue pirating users was also renewed. Pro-Copyright Group Considers Its Own Anti-Piracy Service The Copyright Alliance seems to be considering the idea of its own anti-piracy service. The organization whose members include the MPAA, RIAA and dozens of other large groups asked them if copyright owners would use such a service. UK Pirate Site Operator Ignores Police Threats The UK police keep targeting Internet piracy on multiple fronts – the dedicated unit puts pressure on advertisers and hosting companies and contacts website operators directly, urging them to shut down or go legit. However, some site owners ignore this enforcement action. Copyright Holder Stole Physical Stuff from Pirates in Revenge A movie director once found out that his film had been illegally downloaded and distributed among store employees. He decided to get his revenge: he went to that store and literally stole ingredients to make a clam chowder. Unlike file-sharers, he got caught. Netflix Continues VPN Crackdown Back in 2016, popular streaming service Netflix started its campaign to prevent its subscribers from bypassing geo-blockades using VPN services. The crackdown is still in effect, Kodi Boxes Corrupt Kids & Damage TVs (Industry Claims) The UK Industry Trust for IP Awareness warned people that modified Kodi devices could corrupt children and damage TV-sets. The parents were warned that pirate devices and apps lacked age controls and could even damage TV. The Industry Trust for IP Awareness published an article in the newspaper asking parents if they were aware of the dangers posed by piracy-enabled devices also known as Kodi boxes with third-party addons.
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