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PirateBay Launching Server-Drones

In a bold move that comes straight out of science fiction, PirateBay has launched their first flying server drones that will hover above international waters in order to make sure their site stays up no matter what. Authorities would no longer be able to raid one facility and shut down the website, like MegaUpload. This changes the game completely. But what’s interesting here isn’t the fact that it’s the PirateBay doing this – necessity is what breeds innovation, right? Imagine how these types of flying drones would affect things like the Arab Spring if they acted as WiFi hotspots? I’m sure the military is already looking into how they can setup something similar for mobile outposts or patrols.

It’s based on the project by a group called Electronic Countermeasures. Here’s a video about it:

More information at TorrentFreak

ISPs Say Secret Anti-Piracy Talks Failing

In Australia, there’s been an uproar about ISPs meeting with anti-piracy advocates behind closed doors to negotiate a way to cut down on piracy. First leaks indicate the talks are not going so well. There’s a massive gap between the goals of the ISPs and the goals of the entertainment companies.

“I understand that it is not very exciting if a bunch of boring businessmen continue to meet and get nowhere – compared to the idea that some super secret cabal is conspiring to turn the goodies to the Dark Side, so that Australian consumers are sold into economic slavery controlled by the faceless henchmen of Hollywood,” said iiNet chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby.

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“[…]the gap between the parties is considerable and unlikely to close[…]”

Full Article at TorrentFreak

NSA Building Biggest Spy Center Yet

Get on your tin foil hats, folks, the NSA is building the biggest spy center in the country in the middle of mormon territory.

Just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, the government is constructing a massive facility that will house and protect the servers, routers, etc., that allow the NSA to monitor cell phone calls, emails, texts, online transactions, Google searches, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and pretty much any other form of communication aside from carrier pigeons.

Several smaller versions of this compound exist in various places around the US and internationally, but this facility would act as a hub and upgrade their speed, efficiency, and ability to monitor significantly.

Is this a violation of the fourth amendment? That is yet to be determined – it’s too volatile a topic for most politicians to touch with a ten foot pole.

So what can you do, legally, to secure your internet access and minimize the amount of monitoring? One way is to use a VPN, which adds an extra layer of security between you and your ISP, who is almost certainly reporting to the government, or worse. Many ISPs bow to private organizations that seemingly try to maximize profits by threatening their customers with costly lawsuits. IPVanish VPN is only $10 a month and that seems like a worthwhile investment in the privacy and security of my business.

Full Article at Wired