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  1. 123Movies.la Shut Down By Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment After being founded in 2017, 123movies.la grew to become one of the most popular pirate streaming sites online. But along with tens of millions of monthly visitors, its profile also drew unwanted attention. The site's domain is now in the hands of the Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment after its operator reached an agreement with ACE and agreed to close down. The brand ‘123movies’ and variants thereof have been associated with many pirate streaming platforms over the years, some more successful than others. As far back as 2016, 123Movies.to was being watched by Hollywood and in the same year was reported to the USTR for being a notorious pirate market. In 2018, the site was branded the largest pirate streaming site in the world before being shut down as part of a criminal investigation. With many other sites using the 123Movies branding, however, a replacement is never far away. MPA and ACE Target 123Movies.la In September 2020, TorrentFreak learned that the MPA had requested a DMCA subpoena requiring Cloudflare to hand over the personal and account details relating to the operators of a number of sites including The Pirate Bay, YTS, 1337x, and EZTV. Within that list was a request to learn more about the people behind 123Movies.la, yet another pirate streaming site with tens of millions of visitors per month. It’s unknown whether that process directly led to any useful information but it is now clear that by some means, ACE eventually managed to identify the operator of 123Movies.la. 123Movies.la Shuts Down, ACE ‘Seizes’ Domain Today, visitors to 123Movies.la are no longer presented with masses of free movies. Instead, they are presented with the familiar Alliance For Creativity ‘seizure’ banner which performs a countdown before redirecting to the ACE portal. Whois details show that that the domain registrant is now MarkMonitor Inc, the company used by the MPA to administer its domains, and now utilizes the DNS servers located at Films.org, a domain owned and operated by the MPA. The Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment is also confirming the ‘seizure’. “From its debut in late 2017, 123movies.la received an average of nearly 30 million monthly visits, making the site one of the most popular pirate services globally,” a statement from the global anti-piracy group reads. “Further to cease-and-desist communication and a settlement with the operator, the popular streaming website has shut down and the domain has been transferred to ACE. Visitors of the domain are now redirected to legal offer platforms.” Jan van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Chief of Global Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association, says the shutdown of 123Movies.la is a testament to the relentless work of the global ACE team. “This action encapsulates ACE’s mission and is a strong example of how we fight to protect the creative marketplace in every corner of the globe,” he adds. According to ACE, the shutdown of the site represents its first-ever action in Tunisia. The Fight Against 123Movies-Branded Sites Continues The closure of 123Movies.la is clearly an important step for the MPA and ACE but stamping out every site carrying that branding will take considerably longer. Earlier this year the major Hollywood studios of the MPA obtained a new site-blocking injunction at the High Court in London compelling local ISPs to block several web-based streaming sites using the ‘123movies’ branding. At least two of those domains appeared in an earlier DMCA subpoena application against Cloudflare. In October 2020, the official website of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort surprised visitors by listing a link to yet another 123Movies-branded site. The ‘error’ was subsequently corrected. 123Movies.la Shut Down By Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment
  2. Pirate streaming sites are continuously switching their domain names. Why? Because the anti-piracy law has given the right to the respective governments to ban piracy streaming sites. The pirate streaming sites list is vast and grown is the past decade. Piracy sites are causing a massive hit on the revenue earned by the entertainment industry. People are watching video content without paying anything. Some piracy sites also allow free downloading. These reasons are badly hitting the overall business of the entertainment industry in every county. Government has banned many streaming services, but every they switch the name or domain and come back again. Piracy sites also using media houses, publications, bloggers, press distribution services etc., for promotion. Search Results: Even on Google, multi-million users are searching for piracy and free streaming sites. For example; 123movies, 1234movies, bmovies, cmovies, yesmovies, gomovies, fmovies, yomovies, rainierland, lunchflix, yolamovies, couchtuner, Pri**wire, putlocker, letmewatchthis, solarmovies, etc. the list of piracy downloading sites is also huge. HdPopcorn, and besthddownloads are few names. SEO promotion: Pirate sites are also using SEO services to rank on the top position in search results. This has made the easy for users to find the new pirate streaming site when the old one gets banned. There is extensive research done on much popular piracy streaming and published online for the people to make them aware of the dangers of using piracy website. Piracy sites are earning backlinks by paying to the writer or publishers. This is helping them to rank on the first page and get more visitors every day. Even sites like Wikipedia are being used to promote piracy sites and links. Traffic: Most of these piracy streaming sites are attracting millions of page views every year. They are using low-quality ad services to monetize this traffic—too many popup ads, malicious ads, etc. the primary source of income for the piracy website. People are not aware of the dangers, and they keep on visiting the piracy sites just for free entertainment. These sites don't ask the user for signup. latest movies, tv shows, web series, live tv, live sports, live news, etc. have made these sites popular. Switching domain and names are the only way for these sites to sustain as they are banned in many countries. Risks: Piracy sites are always risky. First, they are banned by the government. Second, they place malicious ads that can put your device in the hands of hackers. Hackers can steal your personal and official information. This information can cause you loss of money or assets. Accessing these piracy sites is illegal. The guilty person has to pay fine to even spend years in jail. Risks are high, some users even complain about hacked devices, hacked social media accounts and worse bank account hacking by using piracy sites. The only way to stay safe is by ignoring all of the piracy streaming sites. Where some people are promoting these sites, some are revealing the secrets of these websites to make the user aware of the dangers of visiting piracy streaming services. It is important to learn the truth behind these piracy streaming sites. Source: eAskme
  3. The official website of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort surprised visitors this weekend with an unexpected 'bonus'. In addition to promoting the luxurious location, it also contained a link to a well-known pirate movie site, illegally streaming Disney's Mulan among hundreds of other movies. In common with most weeks since his inauguration in January 2017, President Trump has been the subject of thousands of headlines this week but for reasons he would’ve preferred to avoid. With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to grip the world, the President himself tested positive for COVID-19, sparking huge speculation over not just his personal health but what it might mean for the upcoming election, the United States, and the wider world. The Mar-a-Lago Resort and Link to Notorious Pirate Site Trump is well known for his business activities, including the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, which he bought back in 1985 for around $10m. Given the headlines this week, the website of the landmark has received additional attention, including from a Reddit user who goes by the name ‘btodalee’. He told TorrentFreak that after seeing Trump’s latest “at-work” pictures, he decided to check out the official Mar-a-Lago website on Sunday but was surprised at what he found. On the very first page among all the gloss, he found a link to a site operating under one of the most notorious pirate streaming brands – 123Movies. “Immediately I noticed what looked like a physical misprint on the left-middle area of the page, and upon hovering, realized it was a text hyperlink to a proxy site for 123 Movies,” he told TF. “After having a little chuckle, I went back to the website for more sleuthing. What I noticed next were the double text dividers used below the welcome text, a blatant design mistake, only the first text divider made up of microscopic dots was yet another text hyperlink to the same proxy site.” Without the eagle eyes of ‘btodalee‘ this unusual addition to one of Trump’s web assets would’ve probably gone unnoticed for some time. Indeed, one needs good eyesight to even spot it all. With that in mind, the image below does the work, zoomed in on the offending link in gold capital letters. The inclusion of a link to a 123movies-branded portal on such a high-profile site connected to the President is bizarre, not to say somewhat of a mystery. So why was it there and what was its purpose? Theories and Speculation After posting his discovery on Reddit, btodalee says that a number of users chimed in with their theories and thoughts on what may have happened. As confirmed by an archive copy of the Mar-a-Lago site on the Wayback Machine, for example, the link was not present on September 2020. That means that someone embedded the link during the last couple of weeks. “Many others have speculated that this was likely an innocent copy-paste mistake by one website designer using a CMS (visual website editor) like Wix or Squarespace. Other more suspicious Redditors suggested this was an act of vandalism by 123 Movies themselves or an automated crawler targeting an SQL-injection vulnerability to raise traffic or bump up SEO ranking,” btodalee told TF, summarizing the discussions. The embarrassing nature of the blunder can’t be understated. The 123movies brand has been around for some time but most notably a site using the same name was described as the world’s most popular pirate site by the MPAA in 2018. It later shut down following a criminal investigation. Since then, faceless third-parties have been happy to trade on the name with their own site variants but the aim is always the same – draw traffic to pirated copies of movies. Indeed, if any would-be customers of Mar-a-Lago had clicked on the link embedded in the resort’s site, that’s exactly what the would’ve found. Along with hundreds and thousands of others, this 123movies variant offers the latest pirated content, including Disney’s latest hit Mulan, for example. But even if some visitors did enjoy the unexpected treat of first-run movies following their virtual trip to Mar-a-Lago this weekend, they won’t be enjoying them again if they return. After checking just a few moments ago, the site is now back to its former glory, selling expensive dreams to the lucky few but minus the link to one of the world’s most notorious pirate brands. Another thing off the President’s mind, no doubt. Source: TorrentFreak
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