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Downloaded porn, cable company shut me down

by WilliamDalio / January 28, 2016 8:20 PM PST
Hey!
First off this is not a joke post but a serious concern.

I live on campus where all downloading is restricted. I was over at a friends house yesterday with my Macbook. When I turned it on U-torrent started up as always, and I got the idea of trying to continue downloading some old videos I had tried downloading earlier. This did not work, so I went on to pirate bay and downloaded a couple of porn movies + Office for my Macbook and that was that.

Fast forward 24 hours and I get a phone call from some angry parents saying their cable company shut their internet down due to me downloading porn. I played innocent and said I was unsure about the whole situation and said it had to be a misunderstanding, but they wanted a meeting tomorrow.

All in all these are people who could get me cut off from my scholarship and this is a serious problem for me. What should I tell them? Could this all have been a mistake and that some extra things popped up when I tried to download the office pack? Can they see exactly what I search for? Is there any way I can talk my way out off this?

I need the internet community! All answers will be greatly appreciated! Feel free to ask questions
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make it good with them
by James Denison / January 28, 2016 9:45 PM PST

or they may make it bad with your school, by reporting it. Probably want you to let their ISP know it wasn't THEM. Don't abuse the privilege a friend extends you.

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I don't know if this is fake or not but for anyone else who
by Steven Haninger / January 29, 2016 1:59 AM PST

sees this, it would appear that these sort of things are a reason to avoid the urge to use torrents. These connect through a web of other users PCs in order to enhance download speed. Packets that arrive with your download could contain dirt and these don't just travel through your ISP but others. You can leave quite a dirty footprint in places you didn't actually walk. Your footprint can come back to haunt. In the case of the OP, I'd say the angry party also is part of the torrent web and they need to fix their PC (and whoever installed this crap) too. Personally, and as far as I'm concerned, a nonchalant attitude toward downloading porn movies is a problem in itself. You do the crime, you do the time. You download slime, you take what comes with it. You want clean the bottom of your shoes, you own up to whose back yard you've been walking in, make your reparations and vow to behave like a human should.

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Have to write, truth may have helped.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 29, 2016 8:08 AM PST

Now you have bigger problems. The use of torrents for such can get folk into trouble. Some want to launch into the debate about if it's legal. You can join prior discussions about that.

I wish you luck in extracting yourself from the hole you dug but take the lesson about torrenting on networks you don't own. If it was your own connection, then your use only blows back on you.

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