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Hacker's illegal rugby league website shutdown

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    Hacker's illegal rugby league website shutdown


    TWO hours before the NRL season kicked off, a young hacker was politely told to shut down his illegal website which had been streaming live matches - or face going to jail.

    The NRLfixit.com.au website was started last season by a Rozelle youngster just out of high school.

    In two days, "Liam" - as he wants to be known - had 6000 members and by the end of last season the number had grown to 12,000. He believed he would have tripled that this year.

    Flushed with the success of his site, the young entrepreneur moved from amateur hacker to budding businessman and began looking for sponsors.

    But NRL officials were not impressed.

    "Organisations pay large sums of money for the rights to televise these matches," NRL spokesman John Brady said. "And, like any brand, we have to protect ourselves and our clients against piracy."

    The NRL realised someone was streaming their games - but hunting down who, where and how was beyond their expertise. Enter private eye and cyber crime expert Ken Gamble.

    What he found amazed him. The site was sourced back to the young hacker, a Wests Tigers supporter, in the heart of Balmain territory. "This was a smart kid with no formal training but an absolute computer genius," Mr Gamble said.

    A team of cyber experts working for Mr Gamble tracked down 20-year-old Liam, living at home with his mum and dad at Rozelle.

    Internet Fraud Watchdog and the International Association of Cybercrime Prevention will hold the 4th Regional Conference on Cybercrime and International Criminal Co-operation in Sydney on May 19 and 20.
  2. lismore_fan

    lismore_fan Well-Known Member

    +223 /2
    Oh well... cyber fraud just open more doors for would-be computer geeks.
  3. WAMF

    WAMF Well-Known Member

    +408 /0
    This guy wasn't charging anyone a cent to use the site.

    I have my foxtel subscription as I have done for the last 10yrs.
    Ch9 is the sole reason I used the nrlfix site.
    Shame its gone. Now i have to wait for all the fox sports replays to watch the games that aren't live.
  4. Pablo

    Pablo Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,270 /24
    He might not charge users but he would have made money off it though if he got sponsors/advertising.
  5. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    I think he was looking for sponsor because it may have become to big and was costing him money perhaps
  6. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

    +494 /0
    Agree with the 9 is the reason, I usually want to watch the Sydney game live and watch the Brisbane game later.

    Not to mention there sloppy coverage of the ESL
  7. Ceagle

    Ceagle Well-Known Member

    +252 /4
    Would be good if the NRL had a league pass like the NBA where you can watch all the games live in HD online.
  8. Central Coast Eagle

    Central Coast Eagle Active Member

    +108 /2
    That would make too much sense for the NRL though.
  9. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    NBA league pass is the best 100 bucks ever spent. That sh*t is amazing.
  10. sydsider

    sydsider Member

    +3 /0
    A giant crushing an ant.Isnt that the News Ltd way of doing things?


    +2,412 /121
    you'd think the Nrl would wake up to the fact that there is a demand for live streaming of games within australia.

    they need to set up a legit service where customers pay per view.
  12. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    I'd like the option of having the game on TV while screening out the commentary.  I want the crowd noises but no useless crap from 'Rabbits' etc .. Surely that should be an option.
    And while I'm on it, when I'm overseas you can't get all the games from whoever the NRL give the rights to.  Only selected games which very often doesn't include the Eagles.  very annoying.


    +2,412 /121
    It's funny that the digital radio signal on abc grandstand synced perfectly with digital tv signal for the cricket this summer, but is slightly out for the league.
  14. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,307 /13
    Great idea Ceagle.

    I had PayTV for a good 12 years before I moved up to Hervey Bay 2 years ago and since being here, I have found that I no longer have the need for it (kids are all grown up and left home) and I have not had it connected. The only time that I do miss it is during the footy season and if the NRL did have a league pass like Ceagle has suggested then I definitely would pay to utilise it to watch the game/games live on my computer.
  15. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    and another pops up

  16. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +6,440 /192
    I have a couple of mates who work overseas most of the footy season and relied on the nrlfix to see games.

    2 of hundreds of fans who wont get to see any nrl because of our games backwards administrators.
  17. WAMF

    WAMF Well-Known Member

    +408 /0
    Not hosted in Australia so nothing the NRL can do about it.


    FirstRowSports is an Internet Service Provider offering a platform which merely displays links to audiovisual content located on servers of third parties and provided and/or transmitted by third parties. FirstRowSports does not host nor transmit any audiovisual content itself and does not control nor influence such content. FirstRowSports cannot accept any liability for the content transmitted by others. Any responsibility for this content lies with those who host or transmit it.

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  18. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    We were stayin with friends on the Gold Coast last night and they can pick up NBN so you can choose which NRL game you watch between the NSW and the Qld networks. 

    How hard would it be for 9 to put the alternate game on Go?  It should be compulsory.
  19. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,390 /402
    How hard? Think of the people behind all the decision making, and ask that question again.
  20. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    they cant even keep their own website up and running properly

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