Ukash dropped VPN providers

YourPrivateVPN is very sorry to inform our customers that we can´t accept Ukash payments any longer. There was no way to convince Ukash to continue our merchant contract.

In a sudden change of its policy, Ukash dropped VPN providers, without any time frame or explanation, declaring that: <IP anonymizers or private VPNs or any similar service which has the intention
of hiding the true identity of a computer or device>, are not any more allowed.

We consider this attitude similar to the he banking blockade on WikiLeaks by Mastercard, trying to attack the free internet use.

Although VPN services are still legally allowed, in anticipatory obedience to the crown and international authorities, Ukash seems to work actively in the oppression of free internet use.

We are trying to find an alternative anonymous payment system.

The YourPrivateVPN Team

Internet-Urteil: Rentnerin ohne Computer muss wegen Raubkopie zahlen, Spiegel Online 20.12.2011

Schon der Verdacht reicht aus: Obwohl eine Rentnerin nach eigenen Angaben weder Computer noch Router besitzt, muss sie einer Anwaltskanzlei 650 Euro zahlen - wegen vermeintlicher Verbreitung eines raubkopierten Hooligan-Films.
Sie hat keinen Computer, sie hat kein W-Lan - trotzdem muss eine Rentnerin mit kombiniertem Telefon- und Internetanschluss für eine Raubkopie zahlen. Das Amtsgericht München hat entschieden, dass die Frau die Kosten einer Abmahnung zu tragen habe, weil sie einen Hooligan-Film über ein Tauschnetzwerk angeboten haben soll. Macht 651,80 Euro. weiter

Yahoo Appears To Be Censoring Email Messages About Wall Street Protests

By Lee Fang on Sep 20, 2011 at 1:50 pmYahoo blocks users from sending e-mails about the website with a message claiming "suspicious activity"Thinking about e-mailing your friends and neighbors about the protests against Wall Street happening right now? If you have a Yahoo e-mail account, think again. ThinkProgress has reviewed claims that Yahoo is censoring e-mails relating to the protest and found that after several attempts on multiple accounts, we too were prevented from sending messages about the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations. more

Politiker verdammen staatliche Späh-Software, Spiegel online 9.10.2011

Ein Spähprogramm, das vollen Zugriff auf Privatrechner erlaubt und wohl gegen das Grundgesetz verstößt - der Chaos Computer Club hat den Code eines staatlichen Trojaners analysiert, mehrere Bundesländer könnten ihn eingesetzt haben. Die Empörung über die Computerwanze geht quer durch alle Parteien. Von Severin Weiland und Christian Stöcker mehr...

Près d'un demi-million premiers avertissements 29/09/2011 lemondeinformatique

La Haute autorité pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (Hadopi) a présenté, son premier rapport d'activité sur la période janvier 2010-juin 2011. Il en ressort qu'elle a déjà envoyé près d'un demi-million de recommandations aux internautes suspectés d'avoir téléchargé illégalement des oeuvres protégées.Sa présidente, Marie-Françoise Marais, a indiqué qu'Hadopi reçoit en moyenne chaque jour 71 613 saisines transmises par les ayants droit. Au total, 1,023 million de demandes d'identification ont été adressées aux fournisseurs d'accès lesquels ont répondu dans 89% des cas.

INFO LE FIGARO 6.6.2011: L'Hadopi a envoyé 400.000 avertissements.

L'Hadopi a envoyé quelque 400.000 premiers avertissements depuis son lancement en octobre 2010 selon les informations obtenues par Le Figaro. En décembre dernier, elle en était à 70.000. Les ayants droits la pressaient alors d'augmenter le cadence. «Pour dissuader les pirates, il faut des procédures de masse, comme un radar», insistaient-ils. Eux fournissent environ 50.000 adresses IP par jour de personnes prises en train de télécharger illégalement. L'Hadopi annonçait alors qu'elle enverrait 10.000 mails par jour d'ici à la fin juin. L'objectif n'est visiblement pas tenu.«Les procédures restent lourdes», explique Mireille Imbert Quaretta, la magistrate qui, dirigeant la Commission de protection des droits, supervise la réponse graduée contre le téléchargement illégal. Quelque «3500 personnes» ont été prises en flagrant délit de réitération et ont reçu une lettre recommandée, nous a-t-elle confirmé. <<lire>>

China Blocks LinkedIn, Ramps up Internet Censorship, Feb.25

The social networking site LinkedIn has been blocked in China, a move that analysts say is tied to Chinese government efforts to suppress mention of a "Jasmine Revolution" on the Internet.
On Friday morning, LinkedIn was inaccessible from Beijing, producing an error message. Linkedin confirmed via email that the site has been blocked for some users in China. "This appears to be part of a broader effort in China going on right now, involving other sites as well," said Hani Durzy, a Linkedin spokesman.Internet censorship is prevalent in China. Content and websites deemed politically sensitive are routinely taken down or blocked. But in the past several weeks, government censorship has grown more restrictive following mass protests in the Middle East that have toppled governments there. The term "Jasmine Revolution" refers to the pro-democratic movement that began in Tunisia last December and spread to other Middle Eastern countries. read more

New Server in the UK

As our UK server is quiet popular we added a second one today. This should increase speed and reliability. We are using the same load balancing technique as on our NL servers. So there is no need for you to change the configuration.

Google calls for pressure on Internet censors

SEATTLE 9/8/2010 -Countries such as China, Turkey are unfairly restraining U.S. trade, legal chief says Google's legal chief called for pressure on governments that censor the Internet, such as China and Turkey, arguing that their blocking access to websites not only violates human rights but unfairly restrains U.S. more

Gallo report adopted: A stab in the back of citizens' freedoms

Strasbourg, Sept. 22nd 2010 - The European Parliament has just adopted the Gallo report on copyright enforcement by 328 to 245 votes. This very repressive text is one more step in the entertainment industries' crusade against their own public. The Members of the Parliament have failed to recognize that the measures called for in this non-legislative text profoundly undermine fundamental freedoms. read more