Cracks Down on Proxy Streaming

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Jan 20, 2016 08:00 pm PST

Video-streaming giant Netflix has said it is going to stop subscribers from using internet proxies to view content not available in their home countries. Due to licensing agreements, Netflix content varies between countries – many users have a virtual private network (VPN) or other proxy to get round this. The firm said it would increase efforts in the next few weeks to block the use of such proxies. Mark James, security specialist at ESET have the following comments on it.

[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Mark James, Security Specialist at IT Security Firm ESET :

“Restricted content has always been a lure for some people who can’t view or access it and to be honest always will be. It’s no different to most other industries from video/film release dates through to playing video games not released in your country. Because of certain restrictions that a lot of the time the end user neither knows or cares about, it’s more about having access rather than being legally entitled to content. Using VPN’s or different proxies around the world has enabled people to gain access to these resources.

Because of the ever evolving world of technology, quite often a way can be found to bypass certain methods used to restrict access. It’s often a cat and mouse game, the end user gains access through a means they should not be able to, the supplier plugs that hole or finds a way to detect it, someone provides an alternative, end user uses that alternative.

Anyone using these methods currently will most likely suffer a momentary loss while they find a new means to circumvent the new security measures but it’s likely a way will be found.”[/su_note]

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