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Three Strikes, One Awesome

June 15, 2010 8:10:24.781

France enacted a "three strikes" law for digital copyright violations, so one of the ISPs there started offering a service (2 euros a month) to sit on user PCs (Windows only) and monitor for p2p activity. That's when the stupid started to pile up. The application periodically pings a server for updates - people looking into it found out that it's a Java servlet listening. However:

Nothing too out of the ordinary there except that all information is not only being transmitted in the clear but all information on that server is public (via, meaning that every user had their IP addresses exposed to the public. But it doesn’t stop there.

It gets worse - hackers can apparently use the client apps to inject malware onto end user systems. This is what happens when you decide to solve a "problem" (p2p copyright violations) with complex "solutions".

That server doesn't seem to be accessible anymore, but go ahead and read the story - it's just too funny in a pathetic kind of way.

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posted by James Robertson

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