France Suspends 3 Strikes Monitoring Following Data Breach

from the oops dept

Over the weekend, TorrentFreak reported that the company that French “three strikes and you’re off the internet” agency Hadopi had hired to help it track down infringers, Trident Media Guard, had been hacked, though, in reality it appears to be much more of a simple data breach caused by TMG poor setup. The breach left open a lot of details of the tracking system, including IP addresses linked to the whole 3 strikes process. In response, it appears that Hadopi has “temporarily suspended” its work with TMG, perhaps to measure the damage and see if it can actually learn to lock down its computers. In the meantime, however, as TorrentFreak points out, there are no other providers doing this monitoring — meaning that (at least for a little while), it appears 3 strikes monitoring has stopped in France.

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Companies: hadopi, triton media group

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Anonymous Coward says:

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IRC wars are always fun. They’re very political in nature. Being an op of a large channel offers incredible intelligence over how things really work too. It’s almost like being a (miniature) politician. The IRC networks are full of other people who want power over those channels and start all sorts of trolling organizations that try to organize all sorts of sophisticated attempts to circumvent your bans and spam the channel with advertisements and/or get ops if possible. They often have their own trolling channels as well where they organize and discuss their next attacks. and Efnet (or other) ops (people who op the whole Efnet server, not just a single channel) also try to kick them off their servers but they find ways to get back into the servers and into the channels. They have entire organizations of ‘hackers’ that are dedicated to just hacking channels, websites, DDOSing websites, threatening to DDOS down a (channel or other) website if not allowed in a channel, etc… They try to DDOS your Internet connection, the internet connections of other ops in the channel, their bots and the servers that host those bots, etc… and they can, and do, take down and hack popular websites too. Preventing them from flooding your channel with spam is no easy task.

Michael Lockyear (profile) says:

Dust of the guillontine

What we really need a 3-strike rule for stupidity.

If the system had worked as intended “file-sharing abusers” would have been carted off to a judge after 3 warnings. The information from Trident MediaGuard would have been presented as reliable information from a safe and secure system…

Ironically, under the Hadopi laws internet users who fail to secure their connections can be punished for the acts of others.

Also ironic is that this is the third strike for Hadopi:
1 – They pirated their logo font
2 – Their website was turned into a Pirate Bay search engine
3 – The company licensed to spy on p2p users failed to secure their own systems.

…and lets not forget this:

By rights the French government should be banned from the internet!

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