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CISPA And What It Means For You

We don’t tend to get overly political here at Tekgoblin for the obvious reason that we aren’t into Politics, however there is something very important going on that may very well change the way we look at our Anonymity (or lack there of) on the internet.

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SOPA Dead For Now

The Stop Online Piracy Act has been sunk “until there is a wider agreement on a solution” said Congressman Lamar Smith, who introduced the act last October. This comes after the worldwide response with the Internet Blackout, the takedown of Megaupload, and a retaliatory strike by Anonymous. In addition, the Protect Intellectual Property Act vote has been postponed.

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FileSonic Disables File Sharing

In what looks like a move made in response to what happened to Megaupload and its executives, FileSonic has disabled the file sharing abilities that users have come to expect from this service. Megaupload is a file-sharing service that was shut down this past Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI on charges of online piracy among others. Both free and paying users are affected by this change in services and policy and now users can only access content they have saved and uploaded on the FileSonic website themselves. It looks like FileSonic has become cautious of its own possible future brush with the US Feds. If this becomes a trend with other major file-sharing companies, than maybe SOPA and PIPA are not even needed to hinder the internet and that scares us.

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Anonymous Threaten More Server Take Downs

Still in the throes of the SOPA and PIPA acts, recently popular file-sharing site Megaupload was taken down for violating piracy laws. As a retaliation, notorious hacker group Anonymous took down the servers and websites of the Department of Justice, FBI and Universal. It seems that Anonymous threaten to take down more websites and servers if Megaupload is not reinstated in 72 hours (now 65 hours from the time of writing).

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