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The Pirate Bay Launches Free VPN 359

Posted by samzenpus
from the vpn-ahoy dept.
bs0d3 writes "The Pirate Bay team is going to be making the RIAA angry, with the launch of a new ad-supported VPN service. PrivitizeVPN is available for free from The Pirate Bay. Instead of earning revenue through subscription as ipredator does, PrivitizeVPN comes packaged to install the Babylon search bar (adware). PrivitizeVPN appears to be available for Windows users only at the moment. The Pirate Bay staff has a long history of promoting services that have no logs; e.g. , you can't get in trouble if your anonymized IP is subpoenaed by government officials. Although PrivitizeVPN is being released silently, with no press coverage, no official statement, and no comments from The Pirate Bay of any kind, people are assuming that PrivitizeVPN will have the same familiar data protection policies. A backup download location has been setup here for people who have limited access to the Pirate Bay domain."
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The Pirate Bay Launches Free VPN

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  • BEWARE (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 27, 2012 @12:39PM (#41138045)
    honeypot!
    • by cpu6502 (1960974)

      Honeypot?
      Honeyrider?
      Pussy Galore? "I must be dreaming"- Bond

      I need the Piratebay file that contains all the magnet links. Anybody have it?

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by fa2k (881632)

      Good point. The Pirate Bay have been good (to the pirates) and ideologically motivated for a long time, but...: 1) they could be forced to start a honeypot by government order. It seems unlikely that they would comply, as they have posted lots of letters before that were meant to remain confidential. They would probably post it on their blog. 2) Some government agency took over the site by force. Same reasoning applies, unless they were actually put in jail. 3) They were offered a deal. This could happen,

  • Legit? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    This would be the worlds greatest honeypot if it was setup by the **AA themselves.

  • It seems I cannot opt out of installing the search bar during installation. Too bad, I will never get to try it out.

  • by clonehappy (655530) on Monday August 27, 2012 @12:45PM (#41138155)
    Even when the damage is data retention laws and the best censorship their wholly-owned politicians can shove through the legislature. Will the dying, dinosaur media companies ever realize that Pandora's box can never be closed, and the genie cannot be returned to the bottle?

    You would think they would realize now, almost 15 years into this cat-and-mouse game that their offensives are futile, burn goodwill with their customers, and make them look like an angry old man who wants the kids off his lawn.

    Smart record, production, and media companies take note right now: You WILL innovate, or you WILL go bankrupt. I'm not some radical pirate or communist, I'm giving you advice, trying to help you. Technology CANNOT be killed by legislation and propaganda. Your only hope is to adapt. Better to realize that now than before you are completely bankrupt. You're welcome.
    • by OldSport (2677879) on Monday August 27, 2012 @12:57PM (#41138357)

      See the comment below re: circumvention for reasons why big content will probably win eventually, and why the citizenry will lose in the process. It's all about creating such restrictive legislation that people have no wiggle room. Somewhere there is some bought-and-paid-for judge who will happily rule that, say, having a Bittorrent client installed on your computer is equivalent to conspiracy to commit copyright fraud. All big content needs is for the legislative framework to be in place, and then they will go about slashing and burning the remnants of digital freedom with glee, and since there are already scores of elected representatives that are a toxic combination of a) clueless about how tech really works and b) bought and paid for by lobbyists, that's not much of a problem, either.

    • by kamapuaa (555446)

      I know, why do these ridiculous people want money for what they do? I'm sure major record executives are following your every word and it's nice of you to offer advice.

      We are the future.
      We can not be stopped.
      Bow down before us and keep making trashy sci-fi/fantasy movie with no possible hope of remuneration.

      • If they want my money, why don't they take it? [theoatmeal.com] Just today, I went online to shop for ebooks. to have something to read during an upcoming trip. More than half of my purchases failed: "This e-book can only be sold in the following countries: [US]". Well, FU, I'll just take my business to the Pirate Bay then. Hey, waddayaknow? No DRM, no restrictions. Same for movies. Availability of movie content outside the USA in a non-streaming form that allows format shifting doesn't exist. Again, screw you MPAA,
    • by brit74 (831798)

      You WILL innovate, or you WILL go bankrupt. I'm not some radical pirate or communist, I'm giving you advice, trying to help you. ... You're welcome.

      Thank you for your insight! Perhaps you'd like to provide us with some more buzzwords? I'd like to tell creators that they need to "synergize" and "use methodologies". They're nice and vague and make creators and businesses feel like they're doing something wrong. Meanwhile, we can all pat ourselves on the back for our important and valuable contribution.

  • Circumvention (Score:5, Insightful)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Monday August 27, 2012 @12:48PM (#41138187)

    The war on piracy uses pretty much the same tactics as the war on drugs.

    You can't have downloaded content. Any downloaded content you do have must be in clear digital containers with the administering agency. Even if you have prescr--er, license, for the downloaded content you have in your possession, you can still be charged with a crime if it does not come in a pre-approved container. Taking other people's downloaded content, even if they have the same content as well, is also forbidden. You cannot move your downloaded content from one container to another container, this is also illegal. Admission that you have downloaded content, or a suspicion that you may be in possession of downloaded content, legally or not, is grounds to search your person for it. Possession of a sufficient quantity would normally get you intent to distribute as well, but we have declared a quantity of zero to be intent to distribute: Every downloader is also an uploader, as a matter of law.

    If charged, you are guilty until proven innocent. The best lawyers in the geographical area you are being prosecuted in will be used against you, while you will be given a crappy public defender, or none at all, since we've found that we can throw you in jail for civil violations as well, and only criminal court has to provide one. Possession in and of itself, regardless of whether or not you have a valid license to possess it, is sufficient for a conviction. There is no appeals process, or any appeals process present is designed only to look at things that are a "matter of law". You'll note the law has been so narrowly written as to make everyone guilty, merely by possession.

    Fines and punishments will be far worse for this than any other crime. In fact, if you murder the artist who's song you downloaded, you'll face less time in jail and less fines. Actually, you could murder the whole band, and their agent, and still get off comparatively light.

    Oh, lastly, trying to hide your content trafficing using encryption, vpns, or any other obfusciation technology will result in additional punishments, as it is obstruction of justice now to do so. Thank you for you cooperation, corporate citizen.

    • Re:Circumvention (Score:5, Interesting)

      by girlintraining (1395911) on Monday August 27, 2012 @01:22PM (#41138689)

      Hmm. Must have said something politically controversial recently to be picking up all these 'troll' flags. Oh wait, found it: I said something bad about Apple [slashdot.org]. That tends to get people's panties all up in a knot. Well... here's a little something then to help them burn through those extra -1, disagree points; links backing up my previous post....

      The war on piracy uses pretty much the same tactics [goodcanadiankid.com] as the war on drugs.

      You can't have downloaded content [torrentfreak.com]. Any downloaded content you do have must be in clear digital containers [cnet.com] with the administering agency. Even if you have prescr--er, license, for the downloaded content you have in your possession, you can still be charged with a crime if it does not come in a pre-approved container [slashdot.org]. Taking other people's downloaded content, even if they have the same content as well, is also forbidden. You cannot move your downloaded content from one container to another container [cnn.com], this is also illegal. Admission that you have downloaded content, or a suspicion that you may be in possession of downloaded content, legally or not, is grounds to search your person for it [scottandscottllp.com]. Possession of a sufficient quantity would normally get you intent to distribute as well, but we have declared a quantity of zero to be intent to distribute: Every downloader is also an uploader [cnn.com], as a matter of law.

      If charged, you are guilty until proven innocent [dailymail.co.uk]. The best lawyers in the geographical area you are being prosecuted in will be used against you, while you will be given a crappy public defender, or none at all, since we've found that we can throw you in jail for civil violations [slashdot.org] as well, and only criminal court has to provide one. Possession in and of itself, regardless of whether or not you have a valid license to possess it, is sufficient for a conviction. There is no appeals process, or any appeals process present is designed only to look at things that are a "matter of law". You'll note the law has been so narrowly written as to make everyone guilty, merely by possession.

      Fines and punishments will be far worse for this than any other crime. In fact, if you murder the artist who's song you downloaded, you'll face less time in jail and less fines. Actually, you could murder the whole band, and their agent, and still get off comparatively light.

      Oh, lastly, trying to hide your content trafficing using encryption, vpns, or any other obfusciation technology will result in additional punishments, as it is obstruction of justice now to do so. Thank you for you cooperation, corporate citizen.

    • by swb (14022)

      Let's just say you no longer have a right to any trial. You will be brought before a board of arbitration whose members all have the sufficient background experience with the issues in question (ie, pay stubs from corporate America) and the board's decision will be final. Don't worry about showing up for your arbitration board, they will have all the facts already on which to decide if you are guilty. Private security will arrive at your current location (we know what it is) to deliver your guilty verd

  • by number11 (129686)

    To install you need to check "agree with the terms and conditions". Which link doesn't work to view.

    I suppose that means I'm agreeing to NO terms or conditions.

  • It will just make it easier for you to be tracked.

    Warrant a legit company. Pull User ID's (and perhaps personal info) from people who have pirate bay IP Addresses. See if they have non-pirate bay IP addresses connected to that login. keep an eye on that IP address, gather more personal information to prove it is the person not just the Address. Get enough info to get the the person. Warrant to check their computer. Then they got you.

    Congratulation you had just made your user account flagged as a hacke

    • by ceoyoyo (59147)

      That requires actual investigation. So if you're going to use it for something that will piss off a real law enforcement agency, you might want to think twice, or at least be very careful. If you're going to use it to download movies? The MPAA is unlikely to go to that kind of effort, certainly not on the scale of their IP address scraping.

    • Warrant based on what? You need something to get the process started.
  • This is a normal thing that you see within any context where there are people who want control vs people who want freedom, this is just one type of manifestation of such a situation. Yes, RIAA and the cohorts will be pissed and they will try to shut it down as well. Yes, TPB will try to avoid being shut down and there will be more services like this one available. The fact that TPB is going to try and make a buck off of it makes perfect sense, somehow the service has to be managed, somebody has to put in

  • by Kenja (541830) on Monday August 27, 2012 @12:57PM (#41138353)
    Call me paranoid, like the voices in my head do, but why should I trust the Pirate Bay with access to my network? A VPN goes both ways and most people are not going to be up to the task of fire-walling off the VPN host from connecting back to their local system.
    • Thats not how a client VPN works. Only a site-to-site VPN would allow network-to-network access; a client VPN tunnel allows one device to access a remote network, but not necessarily vice-versa. Certainly you can firewall your VPN adapter to block incoming requests, which is (AFAIK) the default in Windows.

  • "The Pirate Bay team is going to be making the RIAA angry

    It might be making the RIAA members angry, but I doubt it is making the RIAA angry -- in fact, quite the reverse. The RIAA is an organization whose members will be more convinced that they need the RIAA and will happily pay dues to the RIAA because of actions like this from the Pirate Bay.

    Really, one of the issues that needs to be highlighted is how the large music publishers have changed the dialogue from how the music publishers are suing peopl

    • by Dan667 (564390)
      the riaa has been a horrible failure and instead of embracing technology to make their Customers happy and maximize their profits they have been dragged kicking and screaming pissing off everyone in the process. If Apple had not saved them from themselves they might have been dissolved by now. As a business, if I looked at what the riaa has accomplished for me I would certainly end my association with them.
      • by gl4ss (559668)

        the riaa has been a horrible failure and instead of embracing technology to make their Customers happy and maximize their profits they have been dragged kicking and screaming pissing off everyone in the process. If Apple had not saved them from themselves they might have been dissolved by now. As a business, if I looked at what the riaa has accomplished for me I would certainly end my association with them.

        can you end your association with them if you're a musician? with the german GEMA and a lot of other regionals YOU CAN NOT. that's bullshit government granted fucking over of artists license right there.

  • If you need a VPN, pay a couple bucks a month. This is just adware crap.

  • The gov't response to this (already in some jurisdictions) will be mandated logging.

    Today, you can't drive on a public road without a driver's license, current vehicle registration and liability insurance. Soon, Internet access will be taxed [slashdot.org], registered and and regulated [slashdot.org]. Sure, some people will bypass this and continue to surf without a license. Just like some drive now. But the majority of the population will comply. And when they do, the majority (that pays its taxes) will look down on the unlicensed fre

  • No, this sucks, keep it.

  • Not TPB (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 27, 2012 @02:03PM (#41139213)

    This is not a Pirate Bay project at all.

    It's an advertising campaign [torrentfreak.com], and a damn good one since it made it onto Slashdot...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 27, 2012 @02:31PM (#41139519)

    https://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay-did-not-launch-a-free-vpn-120827/ [torrentfreak.com]

    Slashdot broke a story earlier today claiming that The Pirate Bay had launched a free VPN service called PrivitizeVPN.

    Interesting, except for the fact that itâ(TM)s not a Pirate Bay project.

    The Pirate Bay team informed TorrentFreak that they have nothing to do with the service.

    They are just running it as an ad next to the regular download links.

    That does not mean that a free VPN isnâ(TM)t a good deal, if you donâ(TM)t forget to bypass the ad-ware installers. However, when we tried it the service didnâ(TM)t work at all.

    According to people close to PrivitizeVPN they are working on the connectivity issues. Those looking for a more stable and high bandwidth VPN are probably better off looking for a paid alternative.

  • by zx2c4 (716139) <SlashDot@z[ ]4.com ['x2c' in gap]> on Monday August 27, 2012 @07:46PM (#41143831) Homepage

    It appears to just be PPTP, with the credentials generated dynamically from a JSON HTTP endpoint. There's a required ping URL the client has to hit every 900 seconds in order for the credentials to stay alive. Shouldn't be too hard to make an open source client.

    Interestingly, the JSON config endpoint contains a list of IP address ranges that should be excluded. Haven't started investigating these yet, but here are the ranges if anyone wants to look:

    • 8.34.208.0/20
    • 8.35.192.0/20
    • 64.15.112.0/20
    • 64.233.160.0/19
    • 66.102.0.0/20
    • 66.249.64.0/19
    • 70.32.128.0/19
    • 72.14.192.0/18
    • 74.125.0.0/16
    • 89.207.224.0/21
    • 108.59.80.0/20
    • 108.170.192.0/18
    • 108.177.0.0/17
    • 142.250.0.0/15
    • 172.217.0.0/16
    • 173.194.0.0/16
    • 173.255.112.0/20
    • 193.142.125.0/24
    • 199.192.112.0/22
    • 207.223.160.0/20
    • 208.65.152.0/22
    • 208.117.224.0/19
    • 209.85.128.0/17
    • 216.58.192.0/19
    • 216.239.32.0/19
    • 67.63.48.0/20
    • 77.247.182.224/28
    • 216.185.96.0/19
    • 65.60.0.0/18
    • 69.175.0.0/17
    • 198.143.128.0/18
    • 173.236.48.0/24
    • 184.154.151.0/24

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