Foxtel hiring anti-piracy investigator


news Australian pay television company Foxtel is hiring an anti-fraud investigator to drive the firm’s efforts to cut down on piracy and other criminal activities.

In an advert, the firm said: “Our Legal team is now looking for an Anti-Piracy Investigator to come on board to manage the security of our services, including piracy, theft and other criminal activity.”

This successful candidate will also act as Foxtel’s law enforcement agency liaison.

Potential hires will need previous experience investigating fraud, excellent communication skills and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) security clearance.

According to the ad, the new investigator will be required to conduct investigations in order to prevent and detect fraud relating to anti-piracy activity; prepare detailed statements, and other documents relating to investigations; and represent Foxtel in court proceedings, giving evidence if required.

They will have to also manage and work with contracted private investigators and maintain a thorough knowledge of relevant legislation.

The new role is part of the company’s ongoing and energetic efforts to clamp down on piracy.

Back in August, Foxtel said it was preparing to launch a legal case to have piracy-related websites such as The Pirate Bay blocked in Australia.

The company told the ABC at the time that it was receiving legal advice on “how best to put the legislation into effect” and that it expected to do so soon.

Such legal moves are likely to become more common, since Australia’s site-blocking legislation, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, was signed into law on June 26.

Foxtel welcomed the new legislation at the time, saying: “Foxtel today congratulated the Government and Opposition for coming together to help fight the scourge of online piracy. ”

Foxtel CEO and Director, Richard Freudenstein also said: “We are pleased that the Government and Opposition have taken strong action to combat online piracy. They recognise that, not only is piracy theft and therefore morally wrong, it is harmful to Australia’s creative communities and to businesses that employ hundreds of thousands of Australians.”

In September 2014, however, Freudenstein conceded that his company’s great profitability has made it harder to argue that Internet pirates and illegal downloads are killing the media industry.


  1. “Foxtel said it was preparing to launch a legal case to have piracy-related websites such as The Pirate Bay blocked in Australia.”
    Heh. They really don’t understand how the Internet works do they?
    What are they going to do, ban VPNs?

    • Tom I hate to tell you this but ‘banning VPNs’ is completely possible from a technical perspective.

      There is a whole debate going on about that at the moment in many countries regarding the fact that VPNs are encrypted and the authorities cannot see inside of an encrypted tunnel.

      If it does happen, an ISP could employ various solutions that would detect and and drop traffic matching a certain signature the same as some of them currently use to detect the signature of bit torrent.

      Even if someone requires encryption on their bit torrent client, the ISP can see the customer is connecting and disconnecting from random IPs for random durations and this would likely raise the flag and they would then disrupt the customer most likely by throttling their connections so that it goes too slowly to be practical.

      But my point is if the government decides to ban encryption or VPNs, VPNs will likely be actively detected and disrupted by ISPs, to an ISP they only have to see the typical VPN handshake followed by a stream of random noise (encrypted traffic) at which point they would disrupt it or drop the connection.

      So its entirely possible.

      Whether they SHOULD do it remains to be seen but they can certainly make life harder for people and people should write to their member for parliament if things come to that and oppose it.

      • So people will encapsulate VPN traffic in SSL and connect to a site overseas oh wait, that is precisely what SSTP is.

        So now they are going to drop long running SSL connections? Good luck, some of the longest running connections are backup processes to services like drop box and google drive running over Port 443.

        So they are going to outlaw SSL? Well there goes all e commerce.

        I’d like to add that more and more Legitimate update systems are using bit torrent style swarms to distribute patches. Banning all p2p isn’t a solution in the long term. BitTorrent is too efficient.

      • aaricus I hate to tell you this but ‘banning VPNs’ is completely IMpossible from a technical perspective.

        Also it will never happen, as any number of commercial and government organisations, legitimately use VPN connections to connect the business and mobile employees to their corporate networks.

        Any number of ports, or encryption techniques can be used to initiate a VPN connection, and we all know DNS hacks, don’t even require a VPN to fool the providers to stream the content to countries where they “technically” aren’t supposed to.

        Not even the “great firewall of China” has been able to stop people using VPNs to access censored/forbidden content outside China.

  2. Ummmm. We’ve been looking at Netflix when the NBN arrives. I considered a VPN, and I’m sure I can get one for very small rates, but WtH, a useful Netflix sub can’t greatly exceed the VPN sub? In any case, Foxtel lost us as completely as Telstra did, mostly for the same reasons.

    The only thing Netflix can’t/won’t do is allow extreme forward timeshifting the way Pirate Bay does. So I guess the P2P will still have a place, and I probably won’t bother about a VPN.

  3. Potential hires will need previous experience investigating fraud, excellent communication skills and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) security clearance.

    I am failing to understand why they need ASIO clearance. This part is concerning, they will be requesting meta data access next without a warrant.

    • I suspect because they intend this person to be dealing with block lists, and as they will be acting as the LAw enforcement liason they will potentially be dealing with any law enforcement interaction, including terrorism etc.
      Assumptions all.

  4. Go for it I say. Block all SSL and VPN related traffic. This government will then be able to kill off all technology in this country. We are already a backwater due to our pathetic internet policy, why not drive home another nail to kill any chance the tech industry has of surviving in Australia. The big USA conglomerates and local monopolies will love this, all the more power and business to them.

    Is there any way we could break off part of the country and put all our politicians and lawyers in there? Put a big firewall and a very high brick wall around that part of the country. Put the guards on the wall and tell them to shoot on site.

    Our country could be so much better without the politicians/lawyers making decisions.

  5. Heres an idea. Give a pirate 3-6 months of free foxtel and listen to those users feedback

  6. Hahaahahahhahahahahahahahaah, should i be worried??? I think not. VPN ftmfw.

    They really have no clue these people do they? hahahahha

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