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Popcorn Time Domain Registrar Orders DNS Deactivation

According to WHOIS data, late on Monday the domain was updated. It isn’t due to expire for another year but its domain status is currently listed as “clientHold”, which can signal bad news. – Andy, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/33qS5l2 [photo: PopcornTime]

Comcast fights Google’s encrypted-DNS plan but promises not to spy on users

Comcast further said that it does not and has never sold “information that identifies who you are to anyone,” and the company claims it has never sold location data gathered from Comcast’s mobile service. Comcast also said it deletes DNS queries generated by its Internet customers every 24 hours “except in very specific cases where we need to research a security or network performance issue, protect against security threats, or comply with a valid legal request.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://trib.al/gpKJpNu

Tens of Thousands Protest Netflix’s Expanding VPN-Blockade

While the blocks are being rolled out in phases, it’s already clear that some VPN users can’t access Netflix, even if the VPN server is located in the same country as they are. This means that Americans can no longer use a U.S. VPN server to protect their privacy. […] This approach is meeting fierce resistance from many sides. To coordinate the protest Digital rights organization OpenMedia has started an OpenMedia petition urging Netflix to rethink its approach, which has already been signed by more than 33,000 people. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak 

Paypal gives Netflix an assist by cutting off VPN provider

Since VPN providers can easily obtain and use new IP addresses, simply blocking the IP addresses they use is a futile game of cat-and-mouse. However, what happens when those same VPN providers aren’t able to accept money from their customers? That’s an issue that at least one company is facing. UnoTelly is a company that provides VPN and SmartDNS services to their customers. There are many reasons why a person would need to use these types of services. But since it can be used to circumvent regional restrictions on services like Netflix, PayPal has stepped in and cut them off. – Chris Scott Barr, SlashGear

Why the war on VPNs is one Netflix can’t win

photo: Engadget

If there was a show on Netflix about stealing candy from babies it would look a lot like using public wi-fi without a VPN. Turns out, there are some scary-good reasons that all advice about attending (or getting anywhere near) a hacker conference begins with “get a good VPN for all your devices and use it at all times. When you use a VPN, the only thing an attacker sees is your computer talking to it — they can’t see the connection to the sites you’re visiting. The ability of an attacker to spy, intercept, attack or steal information stops at the VPN. – Violet Blue, Engadget

The Site Lifting the Veil on Netflix’s Geo-Restrictions

Unogs is essentially a searchable database which allows users to see which content is available on Netflix in any given area in the world. For instance, when Netflix unceremoniously curtailed my viewing of Donnie Brasco in the UK earlier this month, a search on uNoGS revealed the movie was still on the service and accessible from 22 other countries. This means that by using a VPN to switch countries I was able to continue viewing, but uNoGS actually goes a step further by providing details on which VPN, proxy or DNS providers can provide access on a movie-by-movie basis. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Netflix is blocking Australian users who access US content

According to UFlix, a paid service that lets anyone in Australia change their IP address and DNS settings for entertainment purposes, Netflix has started blocking users from viewing its US-only videos. “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again,” Netflix reportedly told some Australian customers. The blockade seems to only be affecting a few users currently, uFlix expressed in a blog post, noting that it expects this number to increase in the near future. – Edgar Alvarez, Engadget

FCC: yes, you’re allowed to hack your WiFi router

photo: Engadget

[T]he Federal Communications Commission has modified its proposal to allow open source firmware like DD-WRT or Tomato. The agency will only forbid tweaks that take a router “out of compliance,” such as an overly strong signal. In short, you can flash your WiFi hotspot in the future without worrying that the feds will come knocking. – Jon Fingas, Engadget

Crime to watch US TV?

photo: Reuters, Stuff.co.nz

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders are believed to watch the US version of Netflix by using services that trick Netflix into thinking they are located in the US. Documents released by [Trade Minister Tim Groser] said the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPPA) would require New Zealand to provide stronger protection for technological protection measures (TPMs). TPMs are a general term used to describe “digital locks” that prevent copyright works being accessed by people who don’t have the rights holders’ consent. – Tom Pullar-Strecker, Stuff.co.nz

Getflix lets you access restricted streaming globally – 88% off

logo: Getflix

logo: Getflix

Getflix is a smart DNS service that removes the geoblocks on Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and many more streaming media services across the globe. Usually, these services operate with monthly subscription packages. But Getflix is temporarily offering a lifetime subscription for only $39 – that’s a massive 88 percent saving, down from $330. – The Next Web
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