Jun 082012

While trying to find the leaked LinkedIn password file with a quick google for ‘linkedin password torrent’, there it is second result available from piratebay. I’ll fetch that then … or perhaps not, it looks like Virgin Media have decided to block access to piratebay. According to the link – why certain web pages are blocked, (http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/siteblocking) piratebay probably falls into scenario (b) – Copyright Infringement.

On May 3rd 2012, the High Court ordered the blocking of The Pirate Bay by five ISPs (Sky Broadband, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media) and granted a sixth (BT) extra time. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_the_United_Kingdom

An example of UK Internet censorship at its finest, looks like if you’re a law abiding UK citizen who wants to download the LinkedIn password file to determine if your account is potentially exposed you’re going to have to identify an alternative method to acquire the file. Without wanting to appear to promote the use of freely available internet privacy and anonymity software to bypass UK Internet censorship, some may choose to download a copy of the Tor browser. Source: https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en.

In this case, its probably easier to download the file direct from here http://www.tozz.nl/temp/combo_not.zip but thats not the point. So which website is going to be next on the UK Internet censorship list, Al Jazeera (www.aljazeera.com), Russia Today (rt.com), Press TV (www.presstv.ir)

<Rant> UK Internet censorship – don’t you just love it. </Rant>

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