Malware authors have figured out how to get Google to do "irreversible takedowns" of the sites they compete with

When a rightsholder complains to Google about a website infringing its copyright, Google will generally delist the site, but allow the site's owner to contest the removal through a process defined in Section 512 of the DMCA. Read the rest

Ashley Madison commits copyfraud in desperate bid to suppress news of its titanic leak

The company is shotgunning DMCA notices against journalists and others who reproduce even the tiniest fraction of the dump of users who signed up to find partners with whom to cheat on their spouses -- included in the dump are thousands of people who paid $15 to have their data permanently deleted from the service. Read the rest

Britain's threatening and clueless domain takedown message

Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) seizes domains in similar fashion to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But whereas American authorities' placeholders are all businesslike neoclassicism, Britain's look like something a phisher would email to scare you into giving up your PayPal password. The daftest part? Showing you your browser environment data, then threatening the operator of your Tor exit node with prosecution.

It's almost as if the only point of surveillance was to intimidate people!

Yet it proceeds from crude threats to the strangest abstraction. Imagine this messaging applied to actual counterfeit goods: "As a result of imported medications, young, emerging scientists may have had their careers damaged. If you have illegally bought medications online you will have damaged the future of the international pharmaceutical industry."

Users warned as RnBXclusive.com shut down by police [BBC] Read the rest