Posts Tagged ‘Raids’
Woop, woop, that’s the sound of EU officials as they bang on the doors of Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and Orange’s European headquarters. The trio are being investigated after ISP Cogent Communications alleged that they are deliberately blocking data-hungry services — much like Cogent’s earlier complaint about Comcast. The trio are pleading their innocence while the case continues, and hoping that investigators don’t mess with the office furniture too much.
Cupertino’s latest Apple TV has already been torn asunder and had its guts revealed to all the online world. And, we’ve already told you of the many ways that it differs from its predecessor. Despite that in-depth examination of Apple’s media streamer, turns out it had another secret that was recently unlocked by the folks at Chipworks, who discovered it’s packing a new, smaller A5 chip that’s masquerading as a single-core unit. Turns out, that’s the same 32nm dual-core SoC found in new iPad 2s — elder iPad 2 units pack 45nm chips — but the 3rd-gen Apple TV only uses one of those cores to give you your 1080p fix. We don’t know if the second core’s simply sitting idle or if Apple’s using up some defective A5s it had laying around, but we do know that you can see some more close up shots of the silicon in question at the source below.
More on that vast, European anti-piracy raid that went down yesterday. The big news: it’s very possible that the main UK topside was taken down in the raid, which, if true, would actually be a pretty big deal—certainly a big blow to â€œthe scene,â€ as it were.
TorrentFreak has the details, but the long and short of it is that police were very much trying to take down the scene, the â€œplaceâ€ (more like organization) where much of the Internet’s pirated goods come from. You know how you download a piece of software, and it’s released by a group? Let’s say I leaked Some Game, I would tag it Some.Game.2010.ISO.CGRuLZ—that would be our group name.
The point is, the raids yesterday attempted to go as high up the piracy ladder as I can remember.
A scene member tells TorrentFreak that the raid was â€œhighly coordinated,â€ with police more or less walking into server rooms, unplugging specific machines, then leaving.
Again, the raid seems to have only targeted topsides, with a Belgian release group having been infiltrated perhaps as long as two years ago.
The fact that this raid has been in the works for some two years now does lead credence to the police claim that Wikileaks wasn’t the actual target.
What does this mean for the general public out there? For one, it does look like pirated software may be harder to come by, especially in the near future. The distribution channels may have been interrupted, and now you can’t be sure if they’re not infiltrated. Release groups may be weary of releasing, or may temporarily (?) stop releasing altogether.
It’s actually pretty darn interesting, and kudos to the TorrentFreak folks for getting as close to the story as possible.
Anyone else remember Teh Scene? Was sorta funny.
Props to CrunchGear