Europe stands up against piracy: demands an international blocking of illegal sites


The European Commission has set to work to contact and demand that certain countries increase their control and regulations against online piracy.

Businesses and governments have been working to combat online piracy by implementing stronger security measures, educating about the associated risks, and enforcing stricter laws.

However, the global nature of the Internet and the constantly evolving tactics of hackers make it a truly complex challenge. It is for all this that the European Commission has gone a step further in its fight and has contacted certain countries where piracy continues to be a major problem.

The organization singled out 13 countries for insufficient action and called on their governments to implement effective lockdown rules of sites to reduce the threat.

China stands out above all. This country is one of the countries with the highest incidence of online piracy and is due in part to the availability of a wide range of pirated products, from software and movies to counterfeit electronics.


The European Commission on the international hunt for online piracy

Online piracy has been a problem that has grown in recent years and the Covid-19 pandemic has contributed. As more people were forced to stay at home due to restrictions and the mass adoption of telecommuting, Internet use increased. This provided hackers with more opportunities to carry out illegal activities online.

As reported techspotthe 13 countries in the EC’s crosshairs are led by China -through torrentfreak—, followed by India, Indonesia, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine listed at priority level 2, while Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Malaysia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Thailand are at level 3.

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As an example of a country that is already taking more stringent measures, the EC has highlighted the role of Indonesia – and also India – which has already ordered local Internet providers to block more than 3,500 domain names suspected of selling pirated content.

However, despite the good intentions of the organization, there are still points that should be treated as the well-known “domain jump”. This refers to a strategy used by some websites or online hacking services to evade the blocking or removal of a specific domain.

It consists of constantly changing domains to avoid being detected and blocked by the authorities or Internet service providers.

Regulations and legal actions are evolving to go after online hacking websites and their operatorsand Internet service providers are implementing more effective blocking technologies and measures to prevent access to these sites, but much work still needs to be done.


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