Torrents are suddenly allowed in Steam chat again. No disappearing messages, no block pages. At worst, you'll get a warning that you're venturing beyond Steam's gilded grayblue cage. Valve has not explained why they made this sudden about-face after their recent spat of arbitrary blocks. Welp. As you were, then. » 2/17/15 3:21pm 2/17/15 3:21pm

Steam Chat's Torrent Blocking Is Entirely Arbitrary

This is curious. Recently Steam users (myself included, after a few tests) discovered that certain torrent links no longer work in Steam chat. Some have even reported messages disappearing altogether. Here's the thing, though: it only applies to some popular torrent sites, but not others like The Pirate Bay. » 2/16/15 7:24pm 2/16/15 7:24pm

After Huge Hack, Fury and Other Unreleased Sony Films Leak On the Web

Sony Pictures is having a tough Thanksgiving week. After being hacked almost week ago (by maybe North Korea?), DVD-quality downloads of Fury and other unreleased Sony films have leaked on the web, according to TorrentFreak. » 11/30/14 12:00pm 11/30/14 12:00pm

Wolfenstein Was Both Loved And Hated By Pirates

Wolfenstein's digital version on PC is a monstrous 43GB download. If you thought that was an inconvenience for people using Steam's servers, spare a thought (or a laugh) for those trying to illegally download the game. » 5/27/14 10:02pm 5/27/14 10:02pm

Pirate Bay's Oldest Torrent Is Not Porn, Music Or A Video Game

Torrenting may be a practice dominated by the sharing of movies, tv shows, music, porn and games, but the oldest active torrent on the internet is none of those things. » 3/31/14 10:00pm 3/31/14 10:00pm

The Pirate Bay Speaks Out Against UK Ban, Offers Workaround

Yesterday the High Court ruled that infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay must be blocked from access by all UK internet providers due to copyright infringement issues. "The galaxy's most resilient BitTorrent site" responded with a call to arms and a way around the oncoming ban. » 5/02/12 8:30am 5/02/12 8:30am

The Most Pirated PC, Xbox 360 and Wii Games of 2011

This week, TorrentFreak reported on the 50 most searched terms on torrent sites, giving indications as to what may have been the most pirated things of 2011. Not a single video game title was among them. » 12/31/11 2:00pm 12/31/11 2:00pm

These Might Have Been the 50 Most Torrented Things On the Internet In…

Torrent site Kat.ph has opened its databases to the download specialists at TorrentFreak, sharing with them the 50 most commonly searched terms for torrent downloads in 2011. » 12/29/11 1:00am 12/29/11 1:00am

A Single Pirated Software License Was Used 775,000 Times In 200…

Just how big a deal is software piracy? When security company Avast noticed that one of its paid-for licenses was being distributed illicitly online, they decided to track it. A year and a half later, the downloads approached one million. » 12/07/10 10:00am 12/07/10 10:00am

Microsoft Is Ready To Ban Halo: Reach Pirates

As leaked copies of Halo: Reach hit the torrent sites, Microsoft tells Kotaku that they are aggressively investigating the leak and are fully prepared to hand out bans to anyone caught playing the game pre-release. » 8/24/10 2:00pm 8/24/10 2:00pm

Report: The Most Pirated Games Of 2009

Sales figures can be an impressive thing, but so too can the figures showing how many times a game has been pirated. OK, maybe not "impressive". "Disappointing" might be a more suitable term. » 12/28/09 10:30pm 12/28/09 10:30pm

Congress Identifies Piracy Priority Countries

The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus asks that Canada, Russia, China, Mexico, and Spain please cut down on the software piracy. Thanks! » 5/20/09 12:20pm 5/20/09 12:20pm

Gears Of War 2 Invades Torrent Sites

Yes, yes - Gears of War 2 has begun showing up on popular torrent sites across the internets, with a gigantic 6.76 GB file in convenient RAR format currently being seeded by hundreds of inconsiderate asshats around the world. I won't go into details because quite frankly I've gotten to the point where I don't even… » 10/20/08 1:40pm 10/20/08 1:40pm

Fallout 3 360 Compromised By Pre-Apocalyptic Pirates

Fallout 3 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC are still a good 20 days aways from release, yet owners of slightly shadier Xbox 360 systems are already getting their game on, thanks to a copy of the game now making the rounds at the more popular torrent sites on the web. Seeing as Fallout 3 just went gold, this is more than… » 10/09/08 7:30pm 10/09/08 7:30pm