03.18.15

Benoît Battistelli Allegedly Turns to Moscow and Putin-Inspired Tactics to Oppress and Suppress EPO Staff (Updated)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 1:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Update (19/3/2015): some allege that Blue Coat is involved.

Moscow

Summary: Sources indicate that all of the EPO’s Internet traffic is now being routed through Moscow for surveillance purposes and new information about cyberattacks reaches us as well

HAVING CHECKED AND CAUGHT UP WITH THE LATEST events surrounding the EPO (during my absence) I was finally able to release some exclusive coverage about Željko Topić (there is a lot more coming this month), but what about the arrogant and Napoleonic Benoît Battistelli, who tried so hard to derail the protests against him last month, having engaged in censorship of staff that a Dutch court ruled illegal? The Dutch court’s decision is to be covered with all the gory details another day, so today we intend to focus on another angle which nobody appears to have covered.

A source has told us that “[a]ll EPO Internet (in and out traffic) is routed through 80.81.193.61. This IP belongs to Moscow-based Moscow Telecom Corp or COMCOR. COMCOR like Commander of the Corp, old Russian army grade. This company presents itself as being specialized in data and traffic analysis.”

We were unable to independently verify the accuracy of this claim, so we would appreciate it if readers could corroborate or investigate this further (we already have some associates looking into it).

Cyberattacks, DDOS, etc. are another kind of allegation that — although very reasonable with strong evidence — we cannot yet attribute for sure to EPO management.

“Just for information,” told us a source, in case someone is eager to investigate further, “the Croatian news portal dnevno.hr was subject to a “cyberattack” during late December 2014 / early January 2015. Contact details for dnevno are as follows:

“Director of portal „dnevno. hr“: silvio.cizmak@dnevno.hr
“Editor: drazen.boros@dnevno.hr

“These people might be able to provide technical details about the attacks on their server so that a comparison could be carried out to see if there were any similarities on a technical level.”

There are now at least 3 sites critical of the EPO which claim to have come under attack, with evidence tying some of the attacks to what seem like (potentially) EPO involvement. Sources have repeatedly warned us that criticising Topić is risky business, not just because he tends to bully his critics (even in the courts — more on that to come in another post).

A source of ours added: “The main reason we suspect that there could be a Topić connection to the attacks on dnevno.hr is the fact that around the time that the attacks started they had just published an interview with Rikard Frgacic in which Topić was mentioned (and referred to as a “Balkans gangster” with a call for his arrest by German police).”

Yesterday and the day before that when we published articles about Mr. Frgacic the site Techrights became inaccessible several times due to higher volume of cracking attempts. This is quite typical and it has become something we now expect (it has been like this for nearly half a year whenever a major article about the EPO got released).

Our source continues: “The interview also made reference to the links between Topic and the (former) Croatian President Josipovic. It was published in the middle of an election campaign which Josipovic subsequently lost.

“The dnevno site was offline for a couple of weeks during the Presidential campaign. This may have been an attempt to block public coverage of the Topic-Josipovic link. But we can only speculate about that.

“We are by no means certain that it’s the same “crackers” who have been targeting dnevno.hr, techrights and SUEPO. The attacks may well be coming from different sources. It would be interesting to see if there was a common connection but it may be too difficult to get to the bottom of this due to the geographical distribution of the targets.”

If it does turn out that EPO has been involved in DDOS attacks (indirectly of course), then there are grounds for a lawsuit.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

This post is also available in Gemini over at:

gemini://gemini.techrights.org/2015/03/18/moscow-telecom-corp-comcor/

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit: Right to Repair

    Uploaded earlier this month was this talk and accompanying slides; summary below



  2. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, May 15, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, May 15, 2021



  3. [Meme] When All That Matters is 'Production' and 'Timeliness'

    The EPO has gone down the same route as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) when it comes to patent quality; as if the goal is to grant 11 million patents (most of them in just a few decades) rather than assess the impact of such patents



  4. The EPO's War on Justice and Assault on the Law -- Part 8: The Radical Student “Brotherhood”

    The latest part in this series explores the roots of Judge Josefsson; that can help explain how Benoît Battistelli constructed his stacked EPO ‘court’, which he and António Campinos basically control to rubber-stamp whatever illegal practices they engage in (in pursuit of money and power, at the expense of the law)



  5. Christoph Ernst Lecturing Us on “Transparency” and EPO Corruption (as Well as Assault on the EPC) Becoming a “New Normal”

    The EPO’s administration continues rushing ahead with an unlawful agenda, exploiting a pandemic that’s gradually coming under control regardless to shred apart the EPC



  6. Richard Stallman's Talk About New/er Risks to Free Software (Free as in Freedom-Respecting, Libre)

    Richard M. Stallman (RMS) gave the above talk not too long before the attacks on him intensified greatly, serving to silence him for nearly 2 years



  7. Jacques Michel and Willy (Guillaume) Minnoye: Stakeholders in EPO Lawlessness

    Former EPO Vice-Presidents who wish not to be held accountable for what they did in the Office (or be chased after leaving their duties, finishing/ending terms there) are adding fuel to the illegal agenda of an EPOnian regime



  8. Links 15/5/2021: Godot 3.3.1 RC 2 and Pine64 Hardware in Focus

    Links for the day



  9. The EPO's War on Justice and Assault on the Law -- Part 7: Calle's Strange Metamorphosis

    Sources believe the “legal anarchy” that EPOnia became notorious for, especially when it comes to handling referrals at the EPO‘s BoA, will become a dark legacy — a legacy that would, if he was alive, disappoint even Josefsson’s source of inspiration



  10. Making up Law at the EPO

    Another video about the ongoing EPO series and some news/commentary from around the Web



  11. Over a Thousand Videos (or Audio Files) and More Protocols Supported

    From just a Web site (ordinary HTTP/S protocol) we've expanded to alternative channels of communication; this is a quick roundup, with focus on last night's development work (already pushed into our self-hosted Git repository)



  12. IRC Proceedings: Friday, May 14, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, May 14, 2021



  13. Nathan Proctor: Right to Repair and the DMCA

    LibrePlanet 2019 video



  14. [Meme] Calle Calling...

    The values of the Habermasian EPO judge depend on who’s paying the salary



  15. The EPO's War on Justice and Assault on the Law -- Part 6: The Habermasian Who Warned About “Legal Anarchy”

    The political orientation of a Benoît Battistelli-appointed EPO judge who has the audacity to talk about legal anarchy and bemoan abuse of the law; the António Campinos administration extended his term until (at least) 2027



  16. Paid-for Plugs and Coordinated Marketing Fluff (PR Campaigns) Are Ruining 'Linux' Sites

    Junk 'articles' (just marketing disguised as 'news') spoil the World Wide Web; companies repeat the same sales pitch over and over again, sometimes leveraging what they perceive to be avenues read by geeks



  17. Links 15/5/2021: GCC 8.5, Fedora Community Revamp

    Links for the day



  18. Links 14/5/2021: FreeBSD on the Pine H6, Red Hat Hiring

    Links for the day



  19. Protecting Freenode is Protecting the Free Software Movement

    Freenode may seem like a negligible corner of the Internet, which media never bothers mentioning at all; but Freenode, which many have come to take for granted, is core infrastructure for many Free software projects and protecting the network is essential for the Free Software Movement



  20. EPO Justice

    Justice in Europe's second-largest institution, where the law itself is a second-class citizen



  21. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, May 13, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, May 13, 2021



  22. Understanding How Freenode (IRC) Works -- or Doesn't Work -- in 2021

    There is a conflict going on behind the scenes at Freenode, but there are also sincere and well-meaning attempts to undo the damage and get back to normal



  23. [Meme] Judges the Office Cannot Control Are Just Nazis With Weapons in Their Office...

    The EPO hasn’t been run by grown-ups for over ten years; Benoît Battistelli, António Campinos and their confidants cannot grasp the concept of law, just blind loyalty



  24. The EPO's War on Justice and Assault on the Law -- Part 5: Battistelli's “Swedish Chef”

    The EPO's 'courts' are controlled by the people whom they're supposed to judge on; this has been the case for at least half a decade



  25. Links 14/5/2021: KDE Plasma 5.22 Beta and GNOME 40 in Gentoo

    Links for the day



  26. Audio: “Unjust Computing Clamps Down” by Richard Stallman

    The FSF has finally uploaded the LibrePlanet talk of Richard Stallman



  27. Links 13/5/2021: KDE Gear 21.04.1 and LibreOffice 7.0.6

    Links for the day



  28. The EPO's War on Justice and Assault on the Law -- Part 4: The President of the Boards of Appeal

    A deeper look into the ‘sausage factory’ that is EPO tribunals certainly helps us understand the inherent bias of many decisions, including a recent decision on European software patents like a controversial simulation patent



  29. Judging the Judges

    Today we shall take a closer look at Carl Josefsson, a person who shall become a figure of interest if he sends EPO courts to the United States in clear violation of the EPC (looking to rubber-stamp an unlawful decision already made before this case even started)



  30. When EU Authorities Tell You to Complain to the EPO Itself About EPO Privacy Violations...

    “Kafkaesque” at the EPO; Kafka could do a whole novel about the flirtations with or affairs of ‘justice’ at the EPO


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts