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Torrenting can cost you the ability to remotely control your smart thermostat

Torrenting can affect your coziness at home. (Source: The WireCutter)
Torrenting can affect your coziness at home. (Source: The WireCutter)
Armstrong Zoom Internet has sent notices to its users that copyright infringement can lead to speed throttling that not only affects file transfer but also the ability to remotely control connected devices such as smart thermostats and video monitoring services.

Downloading via torrents is a very risky thing. While there are perfectly legitimate reasons to use torrents, it is not a secret that the protocol is used mostly by pirates to download counterfeit software. ISPs have traditionally sent cease and desist notices to those who pirate via torrent but one American ISP has taken things up a notch further — it plans to slow down connected smart devices of pirates.

Armstrong Zoom Internet is a million subscriber strong ISP in Northeastern US that has started to send out letters to users who have been accused of copyright infringement. The letter states that a recurring offense will place the subscriber in the lowest tier, which is just about good for basic email access but limits file-sharing and downloading capabilities. The letter also goes on to state that the speed throttling will affect other connected services such as the ability to control a smart thermostat or video monitoring systems remotely.

Those who have come under the scanner can sign an agreement acknowledging their mistake, read some material about copyright infringement, and answer a few questions on the subject to restore normal service. However, repeated offenses post signing the agreement will result in termination of services. Once the service is terminated, getting back in will involve a lot of legal processes. Therefore, as the old adage goes, better be safe than sorry.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-01- 2 (Update: 2018-01- 2)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.