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ISP sent me a warning email about torrent downloads.

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ISP sent me a warning email about torrent downloads.

My kids have been downloading some shows from the net using torrents. Mostly movies and tv shows. My ISP just sent me an email warning me that my IP address has been involved in illicit downloads and naming one of the shows, "Dexter".

Should I be worried about this? I am stressed out about this and would appreciate any input from anyone who knows about this either from personal experience or if you heard of similar situations.

Although they don't deny the fact that they are downloading, I also have a WIFI setup so that my connection has been hacked into from the outside.

Thanks for the help.

J
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Is your ISP Rogers ?
I used to get these e-mails when I was downloading shows/movies/music on uTorrent but all I did was install "uTorrent IP Filter updater" which basically blocks known tracking IPs and I've never gotten another one of those e-mails again...
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redflag5050 wrote:
Jul 21st, 2010 3:10 am
My kids have been downloading some shows from the net using torrents. Mostly movies and tv shows. My ISP just sent me an email warning me that my IP address has been involved in illicit downloads and naming one of the shows, "Dexter".

Should I be worried about this? I am stressed out about this and would appreciate any input from anyone who knows about this either from personal experience or if you heard of similar situations.

Although they don't deny the fact that they are downloading, I also have a WIFI setup so that my connection has been hacked into from the outside.

Thanks for the help.

J
You should worry about that much more. What if somebody download child porn through your connection?
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I got a phone call warning years and years ago because my friend was running a bot sharing in IRC. We just told them we wouldnt do it again. Nothing happened.
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Rogers received a message from the company producing or releasing the show and are probably just passing on the message.

your unlikely to get in trouble for now, but if your wifi is insecure, better getting working on that first.
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Thank you all for the responses. It is unsettling to say the least, to receive this email from my ISP (Videotron). Although it worries me to no end that there might be legal issues/fines/jail time in the offing, it worries me that much more that we are so exposed to the world in what we view on our computers and that our tracks are being watched by who knows who and what their agendas are. The story about that small room in a building in San Francisco where bit of data is routed through is definitely true.

My wifi setup is "secure" but who really can make that claim? It might be secure to my neighbour the butcher, teacher etc.etc. but is it really to someone who is tech savvy?

Thanks again,

J
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redflag5050 wrote:
Jul 21st, 2010 3:30 am
Thank you all for the responses. It is unsettling to say the least, to receive this email from my ISP (Videotron). Although it worries me to no end that there might be legal issues/fines/jail time in the offing, it worries me that much more that we are so exposed to the world in what we view on our computers and that our tracks are being watched by who knows who and what their agendas are. The story about that small room in a building in San Francisco where bit of data is routed through is definitely true.

My wifi setup is "secure" but who really can make that claim? It might be secure to my neighbour the butcher, teacher etc.etc. but is it really to someone who is tech savvy?

Thanks again,

J
Depends on your encryption. Unless you're using WEP, you should be fine.

People here do over a terabyte of bandwidth a month using Utorrent w/Encryption without getting caught.
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don't have to worry about this as my neighbour has had his 50mb connection (cogeco) unsecured every since i moved to my new home (2years). lol. I download anywhere from 200-500gb a month.
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Jon Lai wrote:
Jul 21st, 2010 3:38 am
Depends on your encryption. Unless you're using WEP, you should be fine.

People here do over a terabyte of bandwidth a month using Utorrent w/Encryption without getting caught.

I know you meant WPA or WPA2, instead of WEP or mac filtering.


For J: Install on the bittorrenting computers something called peerblock, and enable the P2P module to filter out the anti torrent folks. Nothing will happen as far as the letters goes. Videotron is required to forward you that 'request' from the USA network that owns the right to the show. They(videotron or the owners of the tv shows/movies) will never sue you for what happened, nor are you to ever respond to any of their letters for anything. We dont have the Millenium act in canada yet, and the copyright owners for these movies and shows cant find out who you are or where you live without a canadian court order.

However, if videotron keeps receiving letter after letter from different companies month after month then it may become an issue whether they want to keep you as a customer due to the amount of time spent on you each month.
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rageking wrote:
Jul 21st, 2010 4:20 am
Videotron is required to forward you that 'request' from the USA network that owns the right to the show.
I'm pretty sure they're not actually required to do this... I know Eastlink doesn't pass on any of these messages. Heck, most people I know don't even set up email with their ISP, so they'd have to send out an actual paper letter.
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gman wrote:
Jul 21st, 2010 3:14 am
You should worry about that much more. What if somebody download child porn through your connection?
Simple, IP address isnt an evidence to charge someone with such activity. They need much more than that. ( MAC addy, computer ID -- which is generated by the CPU ID number)
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TinyTank wrote:
Jul 21st, 2010 3:40 am
don't have to worry about this as my neighbour has had his 50mb connection (cogeco) unsecured every since i moved to my new home (2years). lol. I download anywhere from 200-500gb a month.
What? did you just admit looting someone's bandwidth resulting them a hefty over usage charge?

Ever heard of Karma? Technically speaking "Karma" ? I hope your neighbor use it and you're ****ed.
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Why dont you make a password for your wifi? Do you want strangers stealing your internet?

Also is it possible for the police to track your location from you using the internet.
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Teach your kids better.

If they're only getting tv shows and movies, tell them to Google the title +rapidshare. :)
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Stop using open public torrents and you won't be getting letters from your ISP complaining about downloading stuff.
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