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.
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.
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?