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72-Year-Old Man Accused Of Downloading Movies Illegally

72-Year-Old Man Accused Of Downloading Movies Illegally

Elderly Hawaiin Man Says He Is Wrongfully Indicted

In a state-wide crackdown conducted by Hawaiin police recently on its residents for downloading illegal movies, a 72-year-old Kailua man is being sued for downloading pirated movies. However, he has denied the claim as “absolutely absurd” and said that he has being wrongfully accused.

I’ve never illegally downloaded anything … or even legally! I use my computer for email, games, news and that’s about it,” John J. Harding said. “It was kind of overwhelming because I’ve never downloaded anything in my life, and a movie, it’s crazy!” Harding added.

A local attorney has been hired by movie companies to hunt down alleged offenders. However, some are of the view that innocent people are being targeted by movie companies.

In the month of June, Harding received a letter from local attorney, Kerry Culpepper, that accused him of downloading a movie and also listed Harding’s IP address for having over 1,000 other pirated downloads. Culpepper works for the rightsholders of movies such as ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice.’

Culpepper asked the Hawaii Federal Court for a subpoena, which ordered the associated Internet provider to disclose the details of the customers who downloaded illegally at IP addresses that he tracked down. Although Harding was one of them, it’s possible someone else may have used his internet service.

The accusation came as a shock to Harding, who said that he never downloads anything, which means it is likely that someone else may have been using his internet service.

I know definitely that I’m not guilty and my wife is not guilty. So what’s going on? Did somebody hack us?” Harding said. “Is somebody out there actively hacking us? How they do that and go about doing that, I have no idea.”

The settlement requests sent by the attorney to the exposed users’ states, “Our firm is authorized to accept the sum of $3,900 as full settlement for our client’s claims. This offer will expire on 7/31/2017. Thereafter, our client will accept no less than the sum of $4,900 to settle this matter, but this increased settlement offer will expire on 8/7/2017.”

However, the elderly man was not interested in accepting the offer. “The tone of the letter was basically, pay up or we’re coming after you,” Harding said. “It’s absurd. Absolutely absurd.”

Culpepper said damages go up to $150,000 per illegal download and said the letter was not just a scare ploy.

I have to strike a balance between getting the attention of the subscriber, but not causing too much stress, and I believe that my letters strike that balance,” Culpepper said.

Adding further, Culpepper said that people who feel that they have been wrongfully indicted need to contact his office.

This is similar to a car stolen. If your car was stolen and your car hit someone or did some damage, initially the victim would look to see who was the owner of the car,” he said. “You would probably tell them, someone stole my car. That time, that person would try to find the person who stole your car.”

In the past, Culpepper said that he has accepted lower settlements and sometimes apology letters instead of payment.

We’re not trying to bankrupt people or take food from the mouths of struggling people. The purpose of this campaign is to deter piracy,” he said.

While Harding is not planning to hire an attorney due to expenses, on the other hand, Culpepper is advising people not to ignore his letters.

“The worst thing that could happen would be someone who is not responsible for this becoming a named defendant.”

Jonathan Yunger, vice president of Millennium Media, the parent company of one of the complainants, said they are not after people’s money. They want people to take piracy very seriously and stop downloading illegally content.

Source: Hawaii News Now

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Israel Charges U.S.-Israeli Teen Of Running Bomb Threat Service On The Dark Web

Israel Charges U.S.-Israeli Teen Of Running Bomb Threat Service On The Dark Web

The 19-year-old Teen Sold Bomb Threats Against Jewish Centers, Schools

An Israeli American teenager who was arrested on March 23 in connection with a string of bomb threats made to at least 245 schools and Jewish community centers (JCCs) in the U.S. earlier this year has been indicted for running a bomb threat business on the online black market.

Israeli prosecutors said the suspect made thousands of hoax bomb calls, including schools, shopping malls, police stations, airlines and airports in North America, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Denmark.

According to unsealed court documents, the FBI revealed that Michael Kadar, 19, was running a “School Email Bomb Threat Service” on AlphaBay, a dark web marketplace which sold illegal goods and services until it was shut down by the U.S. authorities in July.

Kadar use to issue bomb threats through emails that contained the message “Comrades [had] planted a few bombs at school,” and that students and staff members will be “massacred mercilessly shortly”, which gave rise to fears of increasing anti-Semitism and provoking scores of evacuations, the FBI alleges.

A newly unsealed search warrant alleges that for each bomb threat, Kadar used to charge $30 and if the client wanted to frame an individual for the message, he would charge an additional $15.

Kadar was arrested by the police in Israel in March after he failed to route his internet connection via a proxy server that in turn gave away his IP address. He was arrested under suspicion that he was behind a wave of bomb threats targeting Jewish institutions in the U.S.

When the police raided Kadar’s residence, they found a flash drive containing the teen’s personal records on his alleged bomb threats.

Kadar allegedly joined the dark web market AlphaBay under the username “Darknet_Legend” on February 8.

“I have saved email bomb threat texts when I email the bomb threat,” Kadar allegedly advertised in an AlphaBay post under the name Darknet_Legend. “If you request that I send the school a custom email text that you wrote then give me the bomb threat text that you wrote in the buyer notes and I will send the school the text you provided.”

The post offered refunds to its customers for unsuccessful bomb threats, and tiered pricing ranging from $30 for a single threat, to $90 for “emailed bomb threat to a school districts\multiple schools + framing someone for it”.

For this latter service, Darknet_Legend added a warning: “there is a no guarantee that the police will question or arrest the framed person,” he wrote in the advertisement. “I just add the persons name to the email. In addition in my experience of doing bomb threats putting someones name in the emailed threat will reduce the chance of the threat being successful. But it’s up to you if you would like me to frame someone.”

And the business even had a very good review where one AlphaBay user wrote: “Amazing on time and on target. We got evacuated and got the day cut short” — that online post, made hours after a threat made to Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park, California, north of San Francisco was closed as police investigated a threat.

Kadar totally racked up $240,000 for his services by the time he was arrested. He is facing accusations of making threats for financial gain alongside charges of money laundering and the attempted blackmail of Ernesto Lopez, a Delaware state senator. Kadar has been charged in the U.S. and Israel simultaneously. However, he has not been extradited to America until now. If he gets convicted on the charges in Israel, he can face up to 10 years in prison.

The teen’s U.S. born mother and Israeli father say their son, who moved to Israel aged 5 and lives with them in the southern city of Ashkelon, suffers from health problems.

“He has high-level autism. I appeal to the world on his behalf for forgiveness for he does not know what he has done,” his mother told reporters. “This tumour has caused a state of some type of mental dysfunction that he is not aware of what he is doing. My son does not hate anyone.”

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WannaCry hero ‘Marcus Hutchins’ arrested and charged with malware offences in the U.S

Hacker Who Stopped WannaCry Ransomware Arrested By FBI

Marcus Hutchins accused of creating Russian banking Trojan ‘Kronos’

Not so long ago, Marcus Hutchins, a 23-year-old British security researcher with the blog name “MalwareTech” became an ‘accidental hero’ when he discovered an effective kill switch to stop the biggest unprecedented WannaCry ransomware attack that had crippled thousands of computers. The ransomware spread to more than 300,000 computers across 150 countries around the world in May 2017.

However, this saviour was arrested this Wednesday at the Black Hat and Def Con cyber-security conference as part of an FBI investigation for his alleged involvement in an unrelated malware attack much before his WannaCry heroics, as first reported by Motherboard.

Apparently, Hutchins is involved in creating and distributing malicious software ‘Kronos’, a Russian banking Trojan, through emails with malicious attachments to steal user’s money using credentials such as internet banking passwords, the U.S. authorities said on Thursday.

According to an indictment released by the U.S. Department of Justice, Hutchins faces six counts of helping to create, spread and maintain the banking Trojan Kronos between 2014 and 2015. The indictment alleged that Hutchins “created the Kronos malware” and the other person, who was not named, later sold it for $2,000 online. The malware had been configured to access username and password information on banking websites and was used in Canada, Germany, Poland, France, the UK, and other countries.

Marcus Hutchins… a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, was arrested in the United States on 2 August, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a grand jury in the Eastern District of Wisconsin returned a six-count indictment against Hutchins for his role in creating and distributing the Kronos banking Trojan,” the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said in a statement.

The charges against Hutchins, and for which he was arrested, relate to alleged conduct that occurred between in or around July 2014 and July 2015.”

The malware was first made available in early 2014, and “marketed and distributed through AlphaBay, a hidden service on the Tor network,” said the authorities. However, the U.S. Department of Justice in July announced that the AlphaBay “darknet” marketplace was shut down after an international law enforcement effort.

The arrest of Hutchins has created shockwaves in the cyber world leaving many of them baffled. Jake Williams, a respected cybersecurity researcher, said he found it hard to believe Hutchins is guilty. Both of them have worked on various projects, including training material for higher education for which the Briton declined payment.

He’s a stand-up guy,” Williams said in a text chat. “I can’t reconcile the charges with what I know about him.”

Hutchins was being held at the Henderson Detention Center in Nevada early on Thursday. However, according to a close personal friend, he was moved to another facility a few hours after.

His friend told Motherboard they “tried to visit him as soon as the detention centre opened but he had already been transferred out.”

I’ve spoken to the US Marshals again and they say they have no record of Marcus being in the system. At this point we’ve been trying to get in contact with Marcus for 18 hours and nobody knows where he’s been taken,” the person added. “We still don’t know why Marcus has been arrested and now we have no idea where in the US he’s been taken to and we’re extremely concerned for his welfare.”

A U.S. Marshals spokesperson told Motherboard in an email, “my colleague in Las Vegas says this was an FBI arrest. Mr. Hutchins is not in U.S. Marshals custody.”

On the other hand, the UK Consulate in New York is “in touch with local authorities in Las Vegas” following Hutchin’s arrest. The UK’s National Cyber Security Center said that “We are aware of the situation. This is a law enforcement matter and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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Alphabay, The Biggest Black Market On The Dark Web, Shut Down By Law Enforcement Authorities

Alphabay, The Biggest Black Market On Dark Web, Shut Down; Alleged Founder Commits Suicide

AlphaBay’s alleged founder commits suicide in jail while awaiting extradiction

AlphaBay, one of the world’s largest Dark Web black market for sale of drugs, hacking tools, malware, stolen data, weapons, and other illegal goods has been shut down by the international authorities.

For those unfamiliar, AlphaBay came to existence in 2014 after the exit of Silk Road, another marketplace where drugs, pornography and firearms were bought and sold. Silk Road was shut down after the law enforcement raided its servers in October 2013 and arrested its founder, Ross Ulbricht, who is currently in prison.

The AlphaBay market had mysteriously gone dark last week on Tuesday, July 4th, without any explanation from its admins, thereby leaving many of its online drug vendors and buyers in panic who had paid large sums. Some customers even speculated it to be possibly the largest “exit scam” in history prompting fears that millions of dollars could have been taken from its customers.

However, the Wall Street Journal cleared the air on the black marketplace’s disappearance act as a shutdown done by the authorities in the United States, Canada, and Thailand who conducted several raids and arrested Alexandre Cazes, who allegedly was one of the AlphaBay’s operators.

“An online marketplace that sold illegal goods on the so-called Dark Web was shut last week following action by international authorities, according to people familiar with the matter.” states the WSJ.

The publication cited “people familiar with the matter” and claimed that Cazes, a 26-year-old Canadian citizen, was arrested in Thailand. During the arrest, the police seized “four Lamborghini cars and three houses worth about 400 million baht ($11.7 million) in total.”

He was taken into custody in Bangkok on July 5th, the same day the police executed two raids on residences in Quebec, Canada. Cazes was awaiting extradition to the US when a guard found him hanging in his jail cell on Wednesday. He is believed to have hanged himself using a towel, according to the Chiang Rai Times.

“Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) Pol Maj Gen Sunthon Chalermkiat told Thai media yesterday that an initial examination of the body of Canadian Alexander Cazes, points to suicide,” reports the Chiangraitimes.

“A duty officer noticed a towel hanging from the toilet door in his cell about 7am, but could not see him, police said. The officer unlocked and entered the cell and found Cazes dead in the toilet.”

Cazes had worked as a computer programmer and had a Thai wife. Cazes was residing in Thailand for nearly 8 years on the lam from drug trafficking charges in the United States. At the request of US authorities, the Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on June 30. Cazes was arrested at the Private House estate on Buddha Monthon Sai 3 Road in Thawi Watthana district.

While the case still remains unresolved, it also remains unclear if anyone else has access to the necessary resources so that AlphaBay can be relaunched in the future.

“It is also unclear as to what Cazes may have told the authorities in regards to AlphaBay, its users, or other people working on the platform.” continues the Chiangrai Times.

“On Reddit, there is some wild speculation as to whether or not these claims are true. It is hard to determine if Cazes is the real AlphaBay admin, but all of the information seems to hint at that outcome. His arrest coincides with the platform going down, and it would also explain why AlphaBay has not resurfaced. On the platform, the admin is known as “deSnakes”, which very well could indeed by Cazes.”

If Cazes was indeed the AlphaBay administrator, then this once popular marketplace may not rise from the dead ever again.

Source: Security affairs

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The Pirate Bay Can Be Blocked, Rules Top EU Court

The Pirate Bay Can Be Blocked, Rules Top EU Court

The Pirate Bay can be blocked, as it facilitates piracy

In a landmark judgement made by the EU Court of Justice on Wednesday, it cleared the way for a ban on the peer-to-peer file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay (TPB) and similar sites in the Netherlands citing infringement of the European Copyright laws. This would mean that internet providers in Europe can be directed to block access to TPB, even though it does not actually host any infringing material itself.

TPB is a BitTorrent peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing site that lists catalogues of files (such as music and film files) that are shared via trackers.

The ruling is an outcome of the longest running legal battle between Stichting Brien, a Dutch anti-piracy group and two Dutch Internet providers, Ziggo and XS4ALL with the former applying for an injunctive order against the latter that would require them to block access for their customers to TPB.

According to Stichting Brein, the torrents sites are a source of illegal downloads that are being facilitated by internet firms. Further, over 90% of these files contain works made available to users without the copyright owners’ consent and TPB is not responding to requests to remove this torrent files.

As a result, the Dutch District court ordered Ziggo and XS4ALL to block subscribers’ access to TPB. However, the Dutch Court of Appeal, overturned that decision on the basis that defendants in the main proceedings, and not TPB, were the originators of the copyright infringements and, that the blocking sought would not be proportionate to the aim pursued (namely the effective protection of copyright). They also said that the blockade was ineffective and restricted the ISPs’ entrepreneurial freedoms.

The Pirate Bay was unblocked by all local ISPs in the Netherlands and they began to operate freely. Stichting Brein then took the matter to the Netherlands Supreme Court. The Supreme Court took the view that the Court of Appeal had been wrong in its analysis to overturn the blocking order and subsequently referred the case to the EU Court of Justice, seeking further clarification.

After a careful review of the case, the Court of Justice ruled that The Pirate Bay can indeed be blocked. Even though the operators don’t share anything themselves, they knowingly provide users with a platform to share copyright-infringing links. Under the EU Copyright Directive, this can be seen as “an act of communication”, the Court concludes.

“Making available and managing an online platform for sharing copyright-protected works such as ‘The Pirate Bay’ may constitute an infringement of copyright,” the court said in a press release (pdf). “Whilst it accepts that the works in question are placed online by the users, the Court highlights the fact that the operators of the platform play an essential role in making those works available.”

The decision will now be forwarded to the Supreme Court, says a spokesman for the European Court. The Supreme Court will finally decide whether the blockade imposed on TPB in 2012 can be re-imposed again. Based on the ruling of the EU, it appears that there are no major obstacles for the Dutch Supreme Court to issue an ISP blockade.

Brein director Tim Kuik called the ruling “groundbreaking”, “This kind of torrent sites infringes copyright and the decision of the court confirms that we can demand a blockade.

The decision made at the European level in Netherlands could also have consequences on the court orders in other countries where TPB and other torrent sites are already blocked, including Austria, Belgium, Finland, Italy, and Sweden.

However, the Pirate Bay team does not seem to be too perturbed with the negative outcome.

“Copyright holders will remain stubborn and fight to hold onto a dying model. Clueless and corrupt law makers will put corporate interests before the public’s. Their combined jackassery is what keeps TPB alive,” TPB supermod plc365 tells TorrentFreak.

“The reality is that regardless of the ruling, nothing substantial will change. Maybe more ISPs will block TPB. More people will use one of the hundreds of existing proxies, and even more new ones will be created as a result.”

“Xe”, a Pirate Bay moderator mentions that while it’s an extra obstacle to access the site, blockades will ultimately help people to circumvent censorship efforts, which are not restricted to TPB.

“They’re an issue for everyone in the sense that they’re an obstacle which has to be overcome. But learning how to work around them isn’t hard and knowing how to work around them is becoming a core skill for everyone who uses the Internet.

“Blockades are not a major issue for the site in the sense that they’re nothing new: we’ve long since adapted to them. We serve the needs of millions of people every day in spite of them,” Xe adds.

Source: TorrentFreak

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1 Pakistani and 4 Indians involved in massive ‘Call Center’ scam which involved multi-million dollars

4 Indians, 1 Pakistani plead guilty for scamming millions of US Citizens in 'massive' 'call center' scam

4 Indians, 1 Pakistani plead guilty for scamming millions of United States Citizens in ‘massive’ ‘call center’ scam

A massive ‘call center’ scam which fooled millions of United States citizens for millions of dollars was brought a logical conclusion a day before yesterday when four Indians and one Pakistani pleaded guilty. The scam involved the Indians and Pakistani gent colluding to scam US citizens by impersonating as IRS and other officials and extorting U.S. citizens to pay the ransom. Though this ‘entire call center’ operation operated through India-based call centers, the main accused in the scam operated out of the USA, US Department of Justice has said.

Three Indians – Rajubhai Patel (32), Viraj Patel (33), Dilip Kumar Ambal Patel (53), and a Pakistani national Fahad Ali (25) – pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy before US District Court Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas.

The mastermind behind this call center scam, Hardik Patel (31), had already pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy before the same court on June 2. Hardik hit upon the idea of impersonating US authorities and calling US citizens in an accented voice to extort them into paying what they thought were penalties for defrauding. The call center scam was started in August 2012 and continued till FBI and the Mumbai police launched a joint operation to hunt the scamsters down.

Hardik owned and managed the day-to-day operations of an India-based scam call center before leaving for the US. While in India, in his capacity as a manager and mastermind, Hardik directed other members of the cybercrime gang to defraud millions of dollars. They used email, text, and other means with various India-based co-defendants to operate the scheme and exchange scripts used in the scheme, coordinate the processing of payments from scammed victims, obtain and exchange lead lists used by callers to target US victims, and exchange spreadsheets containing the personal identifying information (PII) of US persons misappropriated by the scammers to register reloadable cards used in the scheme.

Hardik controlled the entire operation and paid cuts to the other gang members based on the profits and expenses of which he kept a record.  Other accused in the case, Rajubhai operated as a liaison between Hardik and other gang members. He also assisted Hardik in managing the activities of other crew members. He was based in Illinois and used various locations in the state to liquidate the funds received from the victims.

Another scammer, Viraj Patel worked in India and oversaw the call center operations in Mumbai and Surat. He reported directly to Hardik. Dilip Kumar Patel operated as a runner in and around Southern California and used the state banks to liquidate the scam money. To date, 56 individuals and five India-based call centers have been charged for their roles in the fraud and money-laundering scheme in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Texas on October 19, 2016.

The lone Pakistani in the case, Fahad Ali worked as a member of the gang operating in the Chicago, Illinois area, the Southern District of Texas and elsewhere throughout the country.

DoJ has said that all four will be sentenced when the court reconvenes.
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Swiss court fines man $4,000 for liking defamatory post on Facebook

Court Fines Man $4,000 For Liking A Post On Facebook

Facebook Censorship: Man ‘Likes’ a defamatory post on FB and gets fined $4,000 and sentenced by a Swiss court

If you are a Freedom of Speech advocator, this news will probably anger you. But there is no such thing absolute freedom for speaking or liking something which is defamatory, The next time you go on to like or react to any controversial comment on Facebook, especially if you’re in Switzerland, you can be dragged to court and penalized for liking such FB posts which are defamatory according to law.

In what appears to be a first, a Swiss man in a landmark trial has been slapped a $4,000 fine and a two-year suspended prison sentence in a defamation case by a court in Zurich after he was found guilty for liking slanderous comments on Facebook.

The Facebook posts involved the 45-year-old defendant “liking” comments that accused Erwin Kessler, who runs an animal-rights group, of racism and anti-Semitism. The defendant (who wasn’t named in the court documents) clicked “like” on six of the inflammatory comments posted by other Facebook users, and also commented and linked to some of the posts.

According to court documents, the Zurich district court judge in the case ruled that by clicking the “like” button, the defendant “clearly endorsed the unseemly content.”

Judge Catherine Gerwig ruled that he also “made [the comments] accessible to a large number of people” by Liking them, since “Facebook showed them to all of his friends and followers.” The judge ruled the defendant had failed to prove the comments were true or that he had good reason to believe them to be true. She also said that such defamatory statements on the social media network violated Kessler’s honor.

Kessler, who is the president of the animal protection organisation “Verein gegen Tierfabriken”, has sued over a dozen people who had participated in heated online discussions over various Facebook groups in the year 2015 about which animal rights groups should be allowed to attend a vegan street festival in Switzerland, Veganmania Schweiz, reported Tages-Anzeiger newspaper. The court has found several people guilty of defamation for making specific comments about Kessler.

Kessler himself has been convicted of racial discrimination in the past, receiving a brief prison sentence for comparing Jewish ritual slaughter methods to Nazi practices, argued a lawyer for one of the defendants, Amr Abdelaziz. He said, “If the courts want to prosecute people for likes on Facebook, we could easily need to triple the number of judges in this country. This could also obviously easily become an assault on the freedom of expression.”

The defendant can still appeal the decision to Zurich’s cantonal court.

Source: Swiss Info

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Disgusted with his college mates addiction to Pornhub, 16-year-old wants full ban on porn websites in India

Fed up with his batchmates watching Pornhub, class 12 student wants Indian Supreme Court to ban porn

It’s an open secret that most engineering college kids watch porn during their free time in the hostels. It is also an open secret that most of these teens are addicted to websites like Pornhub, Xvideos, Brazzers and xHamster. A 16-year-old boy has taken exception to this vile habit and approached the top court of India to put a blanket ban on all porn websites in India.

Akash Narwala, who studies in Class 12 saw that his friends and school mates were addicted to porn websites like Pornhub, Xvideos, and xHamster. He decided to take matters into his own hands and knocked on the Supreme Court’s doors through lawyer Kamlesh Vaswani, seeking to become co-petitioner to 2013 petition seeking a total ban on porn websites in India.

Remember that Indian government has already partially implemented the Supreme Court verdict of 2015. As of today, nearly 850 porn websites including the popular ones like Xvideos, xHamster, and Brazzers are banned. Pornhub is strangely easily available to viewers in India.

Narwala who is a student of Vidhyanjali Academy in the famous coaching city of Kota says that “Even kids studying in class four, five, six and seven in my school are watching porn on their mobile and they want to watch them frequently. I am witness to it. Young minds are getting corrupted. It is having a damaging and upsetting effect on them”

Is total ban really possible?

It would be silly to believe that anybody could ban or stop anything on the Internet. Even now with Xvideos and xHamster banned, Indian access these websites through proxies or by using VPN. Ever since India witnesses a boom in 4G smartphones, millions of Indians access pornography on their smartphones. Most service providers have told the top communications watchdog of India, TRAI that it is impossible to block all such sites as many of the servers that host them are outside India. Also, the sites can be accessed through proxy servers or VPN.

Narvala, however, feels that the Supreme Court’s verdict could help his fellow classmates to become model students and de-addicted from watching porn websites. “Mobile accessibility and surfeit of porn on the internet is the primary reason. Young people are turning to the internet to learn about sex and relationships. Sometimes they are frequently stumbling across porn, often unintentionally,” says Narwala’s affidavit in court.

The Supreme court of India has asked the government to find out “ways and means” to block “blue films” on the internet. It had mentioned that obscenity, which is a crime under Indian law, “cannot be allowed to be perpetuated”. The Indian government only favors banning child pornography sites and not “going beyond”, considering a citizen’s right to privacy, and also because it does not want to be “moral policing”.

However, the court directed it to “develop a mechanism” for blocking all porn sites with the help of IT experts and service providers.

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Man set to serve 1140 year for child pornography

Man set to serve 1140 year for child pornography

After news reports that Steven W. Chase – the 58 year old owner of the Dark Web website hosting child pornography – PlayPen was sentenced to prison for 30 years, another news has emerged that Michael Angelo Savinelli,49, owner of a restaurant in Florida Keys has been found guilty for possession of child pornography.

Multiple Felony Charges

Michael Angelo Savinelli was arrested after law enforcement authorities discovered child pornographic material on his personal computer. He was arrested few months back on 17th of November 2016. He was initially handed 6 third-degree felony charges as per the law. On further investigations however, the authorities found even more material on his personal computer that has resulted in an additional 70 felony charges.

As per Monroe County State Attorney’s Office, the additional charges were framed when the authorities uncovered 69 pictures and videos of the accused depicting sexual conduct with children as young as 5. As per the reports, the authorities have found “multiple” images and videos of “preadolescent females in explicit poses” showing their genitalia and involved in sex acts. The girls in them had “child-like features, child-siz ed arms, legs, torso, and abdomen…”

The Conviction

If convicted of all the charges, the accused could send up serving upto 1140 years on consecutive felony convictions. For those unfamiliar with how consecutive sentences work, if an accused gets bail or acquittal on a single charge, he will be released from prison. With consecutive terms however, the min the first term ends, the next one begins. Meaning the accused will need to be acquitted on every individual charge before being let out of prison.

As per reports Savinelli has admitted keeping the pornographic material on his personal computer. He said he would get the content through chat rooms. He would receive the content from other people in the chat rooms and at times would share material. He has also admitted that there might be even more child pornographic content on his machine.

Source: HackRead

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Many U.S. States To Charge You $20 To Access Porn Websites Like Pornhub, Xvideos

Soon You Will Be Charged To Watch Free Porn In These US States

You will soon be charged $20 to access websites like Pornhub, Xvideos, Brazzeers in United States

If there was a poll that asked what was the best way to access porn, one of the most popular answers would be free. Now what if we were to tell you that you might have to pay upto $20 to access this free porn ?

New Legislation

Lawmakers in about a dozen states in the US are considering to pass a bill that would block pornography on all newly purchased electronic devices. Customers will then be forced to fork out a $20 fee to revoke the ban on the device and access the adult content. As an added advantage, the fee will act as a mechanism of age verification. Supporters of the bill – dubbed  The Human Trafficking Prevention Act – strongly believe that pornography is a public health problem and therefore it needs to be taxed to reduce crimes related to it, such as sex trafficking. You can read about it yourself down below:

Kathleen Winn of the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network says:

“What we know about pornography is that it’s addictive. It actually affects the brain. “Like any drug, like an addiction, you need more and more and more of it to get the same reaction from it as the first time you saw it. “So yes, I absolutely believe pornography is contributing to the growing criminal enterprise of sex trafficking.”

According to lawmakers, the one off fee/tax will be utilized that work in domains including human-trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault. The lawmakers also said this porn block will also shield children from being exposed to sexual content.

Many of our readers would know that the United Kingdom and even India to an extent has dabbled with a wide ranging porn ban but still it has failed to make any genuine difference. While porn might cause problems, ordering a ban only kills the symptom, not the disease. Our lawmakers need to come up with a better solution but as we sadly see, people refuse to learn.


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