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Controversial Torrent Site The Pirate Bay Releases Its Own Web Browser
08-11-2013, 03:22 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-11-2013, 03:26 AM by datars.)
Controversial Torrent Site The Pirate Bay Releases Its Own Web Browser
Controversial Torrent Site The Pirate Bay Releases Its Own Web Browser

PirateBrowser - No more censorship! Here

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08-14-2013, 05:35 PM,
RE: Controversial Torrent Site The Pirate Bay Releases Its Own Web Browser
Just heard about this myself.

As an added bonus the foxyproxy addon component of the browser allows a bypass into some blocked websites.
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08-15-2013, 07:49 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-15-2013, 07:50 AM by thokling.)
RE: Controversial Torrent Site The Pirate Bay Releases Its Own Web Browser
From If PirateBrowser [Doesn't] Make You Anonymous, What Does It Do?:

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Earlier this week, we brought you news of the PirateBrowser - a customized Web browser from that (in)famous former torrent tracker The Pirate Bay. We've been puzzling over what's been billed as censorship bypassing machine, but now we think we've figured it out.

The website for the PirateBrowser boldly crows "no more censorship!" on its website. Providing a copy of Firefox portable, the Tor client Vidalia, and the FoxyProxy plugin, the bundle certainly looked like it had something to do with anonymous browsing. But the PirateBrowser website also clearly says that the browser does not let users browse anonymously. Stranger still was that during testing in the PC Mag Labs, we noticed that even though Vidalia was running, we weren't really using Tor.

The Pirate Bay Goes Deep Web

After looking over the PirateBrowser, my SecurityWatch colleague Fahmida Rashid explained what the browser was doing quite bluntly. "The Tor client (Vidalia) is not connecting to the Tor network, and there is no anonymizing or other Tor-like activities," she said. "The client appears to being used to speed up proxy connections with FoxyProxy."

The Pirate Bay appears to have created a hidden website using a .onion domain, likely configured to only accept Tor traffic but otherwise invisible to ISPs and others looking block access to the site. Many such sites already exist, some more reputable than others. The Internet's premier black market website Silk Road is one such example.

"The FoxyProxy whitelist forces users to make a single hop [Tor] connection so that you enter Tor but not go further in," explained Rashid. Once you've connected to the network of Tor servers, the PirateBrowser can look up the hidden Pirate Bay website.

Normally, Tor performs several hops through different servers using an encrypted request. The idea is that no one server knows where the request came from nor its final destination. PirateBrowser performs just one [hop], leaving your traffic still traceable. It does, however, come pre-loaded with proxy links to torrent sites like EZTV, 1337x, Fenopy, BitSnoop, and TorrentCrazy.

Now, you can open the FoxyProxy settings and enter whatever site you like. We [tested] it on the network of a country which places great restrictions on its citizens, and could access whatever blocked sites we wanted. It wasn't a straight-forward process, so would-be dissidents should probably just use a normal Tor client.

An Odd Approach

Once you're on the site and selected a torrent to download, that connection isn't routed through Tor, but through your normal ISP. "That makes sense since torrenting through Tor would be insanely slow and also put Tor under a heavy load," said Rashid.

If you were hoping that PirateBrowser would protect you against ISPs throttling your connections for file sharing, then you're out of luck.

Tor is a respected name in anonymizing, which is why I've been puzzling over PirateBrowser's clear statement that the browser will not provide anonymous browsing. Rashid agrees, pointing out that there are easier ways to get around blockades of the Pirate Bay. "In many cases, just changing the DNS provider to one not under an ISP control, such as OpenDNS, accomplishes nearly the same task," said Rashid.

To be fair, the PirateBrowser makes it clear that it does not provide anonymity, but it hasn't been very clear about what it does do. Also, though you can enter the FoxyProxy settings and allow other blocked sites, it's only set up to connect to pre-loaded torrent sites out-of-the-box.

Frankly, I am far more interested in the rumor that Pirate Bay is looking into a way to host websites over BitTorrents. Now that's innovative!

Edited for clarity - fixed typos and shit.
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