26 May 2011

One Breach To Compromise Them All

Image: Demon Dog by Samuel Cockman on Flickr


This is a watchdog. A very cute one.
Its job is, nevertheless, to bark to alert its owner of an intruder’s presence and scare away the intruder.

France, the country which advertised the three strikes rule on a large scale and did eventually adopt it, has also a watchdog.
A dog to watch for file-sharing and online piracy of any kind.
Not a very cute one.

In fact, the French government represented by HADOPI, the executive agency established to enforce the three strikes rule, has commissioned the private company Trident Media Guard (TMG) to scan file-sharing networks and gather the IP addresses of alleged copyright infringers.

However, this watchdog was hacked and suffered a massive

Data Breach

some ten days ago.

I found the information about the breach on Ars Technica which have been continuously covering (click and click) the issue.
It appears that not only the unguarded servers were TMG’s Achilles’ heel. Their anti-piracy software was full of faults as well.

What a negligence, huh?

But that would not be all!

Imagine that this poorly managed company, empowered by the order of a special government agency and, employing a software that would very likely fail during a diligently conducted acceptance test, has the means to count your three strikes and

Send You Off

the digital playground?

The good news is that HADOPI must have considered this state of affairs unacceptable and has thus (temporarily) suspended TMG’s authorisation to collect the IP addresses of French Internet subscribers.

If the Court of the European Union follows Advocate General’s opinion in Scarlet vs SABAM, it could rule such Internet scanning outdated.

Either way, TMG’s data breach did its deed – it managed to harm the three strikes policy’s image and to (hopefully) ultimately and entirely compromise it.

Comments (3)

  1. 21 October 2011
    Liane Markus said...

    This issue or controversy created a big impact to the society but good thing there is always a solution to any problem that may come along. I know people involved had experienced having a hard time with this but still, they were able to manage the problem immediately.
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    • 21 October 2011
      Emil A. Georgiev said...

      Hi Liane

      I will use this one to thank you for numerous comments you recently left.

      As regards the data breach, in my view Sony not only failed at solving the problem, but omitted to inform their customers and had them be in the dark, for which reason many were not even able to prevent the worst – the theft of their identity.

      • 25 January 2012
        Liane Markus said...

        Thanks Emil. really appreciate what you have said here. I am learning a lot from your blogs that is why I often visit your site and check out what you have to offer to us.
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