"Egypt is now off the grid. Four days after the Egyptian government ordered Internet service providers to disconnect from the Internet, the country's last working Internet company has abruptly vanished from cyberspace.
"The idea is that ISPs could detect signs -- say, by intercepting outbound spam, or botnet command-and-control traffic -- and cut the infected customer off from the internet. The user would be placed in a walled garden, where a web browser would only be able to see certain pages, which give instructions on how to fix the problem.
"UK Internet providers have now banded together to challenge anti-P2P law firms who try to turn thousands of IP addresses into customer names—and a London court will hear their objections to the entire process. The ISPs were burned last month when a massive e-mail leak from the top anti-P2P firm in the UK, ACS Law, exposed their own spreadsheets of customer names matched to the pornographic films they allegedly downloaded.
A day after a Swedish court successfully ordered an Internet service provider to take down the torrent-tracking Web site, Pirate Bay returned, and vowed to fight any effort to remove it from the Internet.
"Even though large parts of Internets and many old and famous trackers have fallen or may fall into the grip of the IFPI [International Federation of the Phonographic Industry] and all the odious apparatus of MPAA [Motion Picture Association of America] rule, we shall not flag or fail," the organization wrote in a blog post.
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