Last Week in Piracy: Week 8

Welcome to this weeks summary of news relating to Cyber Security, Anti-Piracy, Anti-Counterfeiting, Brand Protection and many other online security topics. In this summary we provide you with a selection of news items that we feel capture this week in terms of piracy and online protection. We provide you with a short introduction of a news item (written by the respective website); if you feel like you want to read more about a specific topic, you can click on the provided links below.

Developer found hiding malware in game as anti-piracy tactic

A developer admitted to targeting illegal users of its game by embedding malware in a piece of downloadable content — malware that enabled the company to access certain users’ personal data as a hedge against piracy.

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Bell, Rogers, Quebecor advance in piracy lawsuit against the operator of a Montreal website

Canadian cable and media giants won a small victory in their larger war against pirated content this week when a panel of federal judges backed their appeal in a legal battle against the Montreal-based operator of a website that makes it easier to stream video online.

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Why more Australians are kicking the piracy habit

New research shows Australians are using piracy websites to illegally download TV shows and movies half as much as they were a year ago, as legal streaming services become more accessible. It is the first evidence to suggest a shift away from downloading pirated content since Australians were blocked from accessing about 60 piracy websites online, including The Pirate Bay.

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Blocked pirate websites used 50 per cent less due to court orders

In the past year there has been a 25 per cent drop in overall piracy in the year and a 53 per cent drop in the use of blocked sites, the Australian Site-Blocking Efficacy Report released on Wednesday by intellectual property solutions company Incopro shows.

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