News.com Prevents Falsely Accused Grandmother Of Getting Kicked Off The Internet By The MPAA

from the but-who-will-protect-anyone-else? dept

One of the problems we've had with the whole "three strikes" concept that would kick people off the internet due to accusations, not convictions, of file sharing, is the fact that we hear all the time about innocent users accused of file sharing. Greg Sandoval, over at News.com recently came across a grandmother who was falsely accused multiple times of file sharing, and her ISP, Qwest, was threatening to kick her off the internet. We had not heard that Qwest had signed on with a "three strikes" program, so it's a bit of news that it's one of the companies who will accept bogus accusations. Not only that, but Qwest even told her that no other provider would grant her service because Qwest would let those other service providers "know her name and what she did." Thanks, Qwest!

The problem, of course, was that Cathi Paradiso didn't share any of the movies or TV shows she was accused of sharing, and she works from home as a recruiter -- so losing her internet access would be devastating. But the only way she got Qwest to back down was because Sandoval and News.com became interested in the story and convinced Qwest to look deeper. But if Paradiso hadn't been able to draw attention to herself from the press, she would have had no recourse. There was no one she could appeal to, and no official process to respond to the bogus claims of Hollywood. She got lucky that News.com was willing to pick up her story and contact Qwest, but what about anyone else threatened with bogus notices? Meanwhile, BayTSP, the company whose "evidence" has been shown to be flimsy and easily falsified in the past, stands by accusing her of file sharing, saying it was her own fault for having an open WiFi network, suggesting there's something inherently wrong with sharing your WiFi. Yes, the company stands by its false accusation. Nice company.

Filed Under: due process, false accusation, file sharing, three strikes
Companies: baytsp, qwest


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  1. identicon
    :), 1 Feb 2010 @ 11:51pm

    Re:

    Please demonstrate how you would secure your land connection and your WiFi connection.

    Further some more little questions that all IT managers know the answers to:

    - What are the steps to change a MAC address.
    - What are the steps to hide your MAC address from the network.
    - What are the steps to change an SSID.
    - Which are the steps to add rules to a firewall.
    - What is a DMZ.
    - How do you set up a DMZ.
    - How do you control access to the OSI layer 7.
    - What are the steps required to test your security?
    - How do you setup probes to warn you about intrusion?
    - How to distinguish normal traffic from attacks.
    - How do you install IDS(Intrusion Detection System), NIDS(Network Detection System), HIDS(Host Intrusion Detection System) and which one?
    - What are the steps to signing cryptographic public keys?
    - Which encryption protocol do you choose?
    - How to setup a DNSSEC?
    - Which is more secure WEP or WAP?
    - What internal address the router uses? it is IPv4 or IPv6?
    - What are the steps required to limit the number of wrong password attempts on a router provided by the ISP?
    - How do you reset a router?
    - How do you reset the password for a router?
    - how do you counter MAC spoofing?
    - how do you check your firewall configurations?
    - how do you check your routers configurations?
    - how do you test all of that?

    This is not all you have to know to secure your network is just part of it, now how a layman is suppose to know all of that when even for hardened IT personnel is difficult?

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