Friday, 4 November 2011

Secret to accessing newzbin2 from BT lines

I can reveal the secret high-tech method for accessing newzbin2 and by-passing the recent block on the site on BT residential lines.

Its top secret and highly technical, so don't tell anyone...

Instead of typing http://newzbin.com/ you type https://newzbin.com/

Yes, that is typing an extra s in the right place.

Obviously having such a difficult technical step that you have take will guarantee that this court ordered block is effective in stopping people access the site. After all, nobody would think of trying it would they. The courts and BPI are so smart - well done.



Of course, the fact that this has happened at all is exactly what we all predicted would happen when IWF filtering was being touted - get a foot in the door to start censorship of the Internet and it will feature creep and be used for other things. The court only ordered BT to block the site because BT had Cleanfeed in place (for IWF blocking) and so it was easy and cheap for BT to comply using Cleanfeed. Thankfully for BT they comply if they use Cleanfeed even if it is a total waste of time, as it clearly is.

The problem is that Cleanfeed and the IWF blocking was only ever intended to stop inadvertent access to some web sites - it was never intended or designed to stop someone that wanted to get to a site from accessing it or stopping a site circumventing access in simple ways like this. Blocking is never going to work unless you outlaw all Internet access, and then you will just drive it underground.

Of course, with no blocking any "black boxes" in the network could have snooped on what people were doing on newzbin, and  collected evidence (assuming something criminal was happening). Now people are using https to encrypt the traffic you cannot prove any more than some access to that IP. You cannot tell what access or any other details. If newzbin have some other site hosted on the same IP, which would be a smart move, then nobody could prove which site you were accessing even!

Yes, take civil action for civil wrongs, and criminal action against criminals - but trying to take the easy way out and censor the Internet simply won't work and it is a waste of time trying.

When will they learn?

5 comments:

  1. lol.

    I suspect BT will be back in court for not complying, it it's *that* simple - at which point they'll point out cleanfeed doesn't cover https (because obviously kiddie porn sites don't know about SSL :p).

    Then the record companies are trying to stop TPB as well now.. more court action.

    The only people winning out of this are lawyers. No sites get effectively blocked, and all that happens is BT wastes money.

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  2. The court order specifically states that BT are complying if they use Cleanfeed. Which is what makes it all the more silly.

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  3. Erm.. just visited newzbin.com from my BT 21CN connection.. loaded fine without using SSL. :o

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  4. Reading the published bits, it sounds like the judge is cornered. The law as written doesn't allow BT to pick and choose which illegal content their blocking system acts on, only whether they pay for one or not.

    The record companies don't want to pay for a blocking system (and BT is entitled to have them pay if they want a more powerful one than BT currently use). They're therefore happy (for now) to accept Cleanfeed as "good enough", because the judge would have to order the record companies to split the costs if BT had to upgrade Cleanfeed's technical capabilities.

    It's a wonderful mess - and this is all before the Digital Economy Act gets into the picture, which, by my reading, makes it messier.

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  5. Well, I am glad to say that AAISP don't have any plans to do any blocking, and we'll work on ways around anything imposed on us (even if that means only offering a "business" service or some such).

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