US Blocked torrent websites: Laugh with me!

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hkwint

Nov 28, 2010
9:25 AM EDT
Seems there's some new law in the US or something, and now torrent-finder.com is blocked by the Department of Homeland Security.

Which is a bit weird if you ask me, because it makes it look like websites which don't respect Intellectual Property are a threat to security, but anyway.

The same website however, is already back up and reachable via the .info domain.

I think next thing, they will try to block DNS responses for torrent websites or something, start their own blacklists, before you know it people have to use HTTP tunnels through Russian proxies etc; whole Russia gets blocked and so on.

Anyway, we should be able to watch a nice cat / mouse game in 2011! I certainly look forward to it.
Sander_Marechal

Nov 28, 2010
11:49 AM EDT
Meh. Just use an alternative DNS root. Problem solved!
jdixon

Nov 28, 2010
1:04 PM EDT
> Just use an alternative DNS root. Problem solved!

Any recommendations? The Wikipedia articles on the subject aren't very informative as to technical quality.
hkwint

Nov 28, 2010
3:34 PM EDT
Found myself looking at public-root.com. Not sure how to use it though.
jdixon

Nov 28, 2010
3:53 PM EDT
> Found myself looking at public-root.com.

Yeah. Public-root and OpenNIC seem to be the best alternatives. Open RSC seems to be dead, though Wikipedia still lists it as live. I'll do some research as time permits this week.

Follow up. Open RSC is dead. Apparently Vixie was part of it, and they shut it down in 2008: https://lists.dns-oarc.net/pipermail/dns-operations/2008-October/003339.html
jdixon

Nov 28, 2010
4:19 PM EDT
OK, that was quicker than I expected. OpenNIC has instructions for using their service. You simply change your nameserver information in resolv.conf:

http://opennicproject.com/index.php/start-here/51-migrate-to...

A list of their publicly accessible name servers can be found at:

http://opennicproject.com/index.php/start-here/51-migrate-to...
jdixon

Nov 28, 2010
4:30 PM EDT
And public root is similar. Their instructions are here: http://inaic.com/index.php?p=linux-upgrade

Their public nameservers can be found at: http://www.inaic.com/index.php?p=name-server-check

I haven't had time to check the policies of either public-root or OpenNIC to see if they'll follow the lead of ICANN or not, so I'm not sure if either of these is a long term solution or not.
Sander_Marechal

Nov 28, 2010
4:54 PM EDT
There used to be an alternative DNS root with the sole purpose of keeping ICANN in check. The only mirrorred the ICANN TLDs and did not add any of their own. Their purpose was that if ICANN started blacklisting or anything like that, they'd keep it available. They even kept an "internet threat level" on how good/bad ICANN was doing.

I searched for it, but I can't find it anymore.
jdixon

Nov 28, 2010
5:21 PM EDT
> I searched for it, but I can't find it anymore.

That was Open RSC.
Bob_Robertson

Nov 29, 2010
8:10 AM EDT
I submitted a story on this yesterday, it was declined for the newswire, it seems appropriate here:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20023918-93.html

===== The domains of torrent sites that link to illegal copies of music and movie files and sites that sell counterfeit goods were seized this week by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security. Visitors to such sites as Torrent-finder.com, 2009jerseys.com, and Dvdcollects.com found that their usual sites had been replaced by a message that said, "This domain name has been seized by ICE--Homeland Security Investigations, pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court." =====
jdixon

Nov 29, 2010
9:33 AM EDT
> it seems appropriate here:

I liked this comment: "seizedserver.com already has the seized website's IP addresses and new site locations."

Way too many comments to read all of them though.
hkwint

Nov 29, 2010
7:57 PM EDT
Bob/jd:

That's why I started this thread!

Within a day after torrent-finder.com was taken down, torrent-finder.info was already back up again.

On our national IT newssite however, we weren't allowed to say "torrent-finder.info" as it amounted to "linking to torrent sites", and such a thing they stressed was not allowed. So we almost weren't even allowed to discuss the issue anymore!

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