Author Archives: Kevin A. Thompson

FBI shuts down BitTorrent server today – the first criminal action against BitTorrent

The FBI earlier today raided the “Elite Torrents” BitTorrent network, shutting down its core server. Anyone accessing the site now receives the message “This Site Has Been Permanently Shut Down By The Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” The site had been one that was sharing the new Star Wars release,… Continue Reading

Blawg Review #7

My post on extortion by means of distributed denial of service attacks was listed among about thirty other noteworthy entries as part of Blawg Review #7. I encourage you to read the other entries, too. No. 7 is hosted this week at Jeremy Richey’s Blawg, check out what this law student has to say. Continue Reading

Comments expected

I have noticed the lack of comments, which may have been because for a while the software was set to only allow registered Blogger users to post comments. Well, I’ve fixed that – anybody can now. If that grows to be a problem with comment spam, well, then I’ll rethink that. The only comments I… Continue Reading

Spyware Survey Results

The Ponemen institute released the results of their 2005 National Spyware Survey today. Interestingly, 97% of the people who reported having found spyware on their machine did not remember seeing an end user license agreement (EULA) before the software was installed. Not surprising is the figure that 87% reported reduced productivity losses as a result… Continue Reading

Virus sends Hate Spam

Now I know why I got a bunch of German spam yesterday – It turns out that a new version of the virus called Sober.q has been released. It sends spam to addresses found on infected PC’s, with neo-Nazi messages in German and English. So, somebody who knows me needs to update their anti-virus software.… Continue Reading

Musings on Convergence: A Buzzword ahead of its time?

The discussion I heard recently on “Maximizing your digital lifestyle” made me reflect on the convergence of digital media and its impact on our modern lifestyle. (Convergence is usually defined as the ‘coming together’ of formerly distinct technologies, industries or activities.) The speakers on the podcast discussed their desire for the capability to experience their… Continue Reading