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    Sick of Sky ninja blocks

    This is a discussion on Sick of Sky ninja blocks within the P2P / File sharing forums, part of the General chat category; Im pretty rassed off with sky and all there blocking as in PB and sites like EZTV, they whernt mandated ...

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      Wink Sick of Sky ninja blocks

      Im pretty rassed off with sky and all there blocking as in PB and sites like EZTV, they whernt mandated to block proxies of said sites so it gets annoying.

      I know we can use vpn or find a few working proxies but! i use Immunicity - Simple Censorship Circumvention

      Configure whatever browser you use and it will auto unblock all thos sites.

      Just saves all the hassle.

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      Re: Sick of Sky ninja blocks

      Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
      Im pretty rassed off with sky and all there blocking as in PB and sites like EZTV, they whernt mandated to block proxies of said sites so it gets annoying.

      I know we can use vpn or find a few working proxies but! i use Immunicity - Simple Censorship Circumvention

      Configure whatever browser you use and it will auto unblock all thos sites.

      Just saves all the hassle.
      But it's done through a website, isn't it? So it can be blocked too.

      The court orders require the ISP to block sites that allow circumvention of the block order, so that would be the proxy sites.

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      Re: Sick of Sky ninja blocks

      I Understand it's a pain but we've had a pretty good run up to now, it started for me when nzb sites were shut down, I reluctantly used torrents, now these are being targeted. c'est la vie...


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      Re: Sick of Sky ninja blocks

      Looks like Sky have started blocking the news site TorrentFreak, it doesn't link pirated material, so it's would appear strange why it was blocked, until the owner of EZTV found out the reason why...

      TLDR: The owner of blocked EZTV pointed UK visitors to the TF news site, instead of letting them hit a blank page, Sky's auto blocking system promptly blocked TF instead. So in effect, he has a kill switch for any site he wishes Sky to block, just add the desired IP to his DNS entry and Sky will block it

      Sky’s Court Ordered Piracy Filter Blocks TorrentFreak | TorrentFreak

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      Website blocking has become a hot topic in the UK in recent weeks. Opponents of both voluntary and court-ordered blockades have warned about the potential collateral damage these blocking systems may cause, and they have now been proven right. As it turns out blocked sites can easily exploit the system and add new IP-addresses to Sky’s blocklist. As a result TorrentFreak has been rendered inaccessible to the ISP’s four million customers.

      The actions EZTV faces are not the first taken against a torrent site in the UK. The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and several other “pirate” sites have been blocked by previous court orders and remain inaccessible by conventional means.

      However, over the past couple of days Sky subscribers noticed that the blocklist had been quietly expanded with a new site that’s certainly not covered by any court order – TorrentFreak.com.

      Our site first became inaccessible on Wednesday night, only to be unblocked 14 hours later. However, about an hour ago it was again added to the blocklist.

      The recent blocking spree is causing confusion among Sky subscribers who have no idea why TorrentFreak is longer accessible. However, we can confirm that the problem lies with Sky’s filtering software that is supposed to enforce the court-ordered torrent site blockades.

      The owner of EZTV informed TorrentFreak that he used Geo DNS to point UK visitors to TorrentFreak’s IP-address. Soon after there were reports that our website had become inaccessible to Sky users.

      Yesterday afternoon EZTV updated the DNS entries again, now pointing the UK public to some of Facebook’s IP-addresses. The idea was to add Facebook to the piracy blocklist, but nothing happened, perhaps because the DNS pointed to a wide range of IP-addresses.

      This morning EZTV switched the DNS entries back to TorrentFreak’s IP-address and soon after our site became unavailable to Sky subscribers, as the Twitter reports below clearly confirm.

      From the above it appears that Sky’s filtering system blocks any and all IP-addresses that EZTV adds to their DNS. This essentially means that EZTV, or any other blocked site, has the power to render entire websites inaccessible to Sky subscribers. Luckily we were the target and not Google.

      From what we can tell, other UK Internet providers are using different systems as TorrentFreak is still accessible.

      Interestingly enough, Virgin users reported an hour long blackout of Facebook yesterday evening. Whether this is related to EZTV’s DNS entries is unknown at the point, but it’s not common for Facebook to go “down” on a single UK provider.

      EZTV’s owner tells TorrentFreak that he just wanted to see how the various blocking procedures work at UK ISPs. He never imagined that simply adding a few IP-addresses to EZTV’s DNS zone would take out TorrentFreak. He stresses that there was absolutely no “hacking” involved and alerted us about the plan.

      It’s expected that after realizing how vulnerable to exploits their blocking system is, Sky will soon correct their mistake. While this may bring TorrentFreak back, this blunder is likely to be used by blocking opponents to show how easily things can go wrong.

      In the meantime, Sky subscribers will have to use a proxy to access TorrentFreak.

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      Re: Sick of Sky ninja blocks

      Quote Originally Posted by mrbish82 View Post
      Looks like Sky have started blocking the news site TorrentFreak, it doesn't link pirated material, so it's would appear strange why it was blocked, until the owner of EZTV found out the reason why...

      TLDR: The owner of blocked EZTV pointed UK visitors to the TF news site, instead of letting them hit a blank page, Sky's auto blocking system promptly blocked TF instead. So in effect, he has a kill switch for any site he wishes Sky to block, just add the desired IP to his DNS entry and Sky will block it

      Sky’s Court Ordered Piracy Filter Blocks TorrentFreak | TorrentFreak

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      That's really bad. Site not loading on Sky. Except through Tor.

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      Re: Sick of Sky ninja blocks

      I wonder how long sky would take to fix this if he added the sky.com IP address to his DNS list?

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      Re: Sick of Sky ninja blocks

      Strange, I can still access it.

      As you say, the sie does not host torrents, but is purely a news site.

      This is now going beyond restricting the freedom of speech. I guess that the big boys literally do have millions to waste.

      BBC News - Walt Disney to lose millions on Lone Ranger film
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      Re: Sick of Sky ninja blocks

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      Strange, I can still access it.

      As you say, the sie does not host torrents, but is purely a news site.

      This is now going beyond restricting the freedom of speech. I guess that the big boys literally do have millions to waste.

      BBC News - Walt Disney to lose millions on Lone Ranger film


      And our courts can be bought.
      Yes, I see it's working again now.
      And it was working this morning too.
      But it was definitely timing-out like the blocked site when I tried earlier.

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      Re: Sick of Sky ninja blocks

      Reading the article, it appears that whenever EZTV put TorrentFreak on it's DNS server, Sky automatically blocked TorrentFreak.

      This shows that the system which Sky are using is blocking sites that are not authorised by the Court Order and that they are in effect censoring the Internet without authorisation.

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      Re: Sick of Sky ninja blocks

      Pirate bay launches browser to help people avoid internet censorship.

      Pirate Bay Releases ‘Pirate Browser’ to Thwart Censorship | TorrentFreak

     

     
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