#CyberFLASH: Canadian VPN services could be forced to alert pirating customers

10712553It’s unclear if VPN services will be forced to keep customer records under Canada’s new Copyright Modernization Act.

Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are legal and until now, believed to be completely unregulated in Canada, making them particularly popular for internet users interested in online privacy protection, accessing geolocked content via streaming services like Netflix and U.S.-only Hulu, or for those interested in more nefarious activities like piracy-focused Torrent downloading or criminal activity.

However, new legislation, which went into effect on Jan. 1, doesn’t clearly state whether Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act pertains to VPN platforms in Bill C-11’s section 41.25 (a). An integral aspect of the new law requires internet service providers (ISPs) to relay copyright infringement allegations to customers (an act that has already been occurring for years), and to also keep a record of these allegations for six months in case the copyright holder makes the decision to take legal action.

On a basic level, a VPN is a subscription-based service that encapsulates and encrypts a user’s internet data transmissions, moving their web activity through a protected tunnel in order to create a private and secure environment for the user.

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Lobby wants Canada kept on U.S. piracy watch list

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A powerful copyright lobby group wants Canada kept in a United States watch list of nations with intellectual property laws that are deemed of concern to the U.S. and is also recommending sweeping changes to Bill C-11, otherwise known as Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act.

The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), an umbrella organization of entertainment software lobby groups, wants the Office of the United States Trade Representative to move Canada from the agency’s Priority Watch List in its Special 301 Report to its Watch List.  The 301 Report is an annual account that list countries judged to have inadequate intellectual property (IP) laws and may thus be subjected to sanctions. 

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Day 1, Hacking Rampage Across Canada by @TeamDigi7al

CANADA  A relatively new team @TeamDigi7al has been on a spree the last few days attacking high profile targets and dumping information along the way.

Before the most recent attacks on the World Health Org and Toronto Police Department they had also released a package which they call day 1 in the following statement Well heres day 1 of our Lulz Crusade across Canada” and in saying that all targeted site were .ca.

In the package is 9 different parts that are split up into folders for each attack, most of which are XSS and proof of the attack with a few having data dumps. Below is a list of the targets, also the healthcouncilcanada.ca was part of this leak to.

  • Canadian Army
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Science and Technology for Canadians
  • Service de police de le Ville de Montréal
  • University of British Columbia

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VikiLeaks creator Adam Carroll says he acted alone

OTTAWA — Before he even uttered a word, the man behind the VikiLeaks30 Twitter account, Adam Carroll, knocked over a glass and had it shatter on the floor in front of him.

Carroll told the Commons ethics committee that interim Liberal leader Bob Rae made him resign, but was more coy about how the affidavits about Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ divorce landed in the Liberal research office.

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Vic Toews: Anonymous attacks are a threat against elected officials

OTTAWA—Public Safety Minister Vic Toews lashed out at whoever was behind “Anonymous” videotaped threats against him , saying they posed a real attempt to thwart elected officials from doing their job.

But even Toews, responsible for the government’s own cybersecurity strategy, appeared at a loss to say how exactly the unidentified person or persons could or should be punished.

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Bill C-11 Committee Review Concludes: What Happened and What Comes Next

The Bill C-11 legislative committee concluded its clause-by-clause review yesterday as eight government amendments were added to the bill and all opposition amendments were defeated. The amendments included an expanded enabler provision and some modest tinkering to other elements of the bill. There are still several steps needed before the bill passes including third reading at the House of Commons, Senate review, and ultimately royal assent, but Canadian copyright reform is well on its way to completion before the summer starts.

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