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Firefox Add-On Bypasses SOPA DNS Blocking
Torrent Freak ^ | 20 December 2011 | Ernesto

Posted on 12/21/2011 8:39:14 AM PST by ShadowAce

desopaThe pending Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) continues to inspire opponents to come up with creative solutions to circumvent it.

A new anti-SOPA add-on for Firefox, titled “DeSopa,” is such a counter measure.

When installed, users can click a single button to resolve a blocked domain via foreign DNS servers, bypassing all domestic DNS blockades and allowing the user to browse the site though the bare IP-address (if supported).

“I feel that the general public is not aware of the gravity of SOPA and Congress seems like they are about to cater to the special interests involved, to the detriment of Internet, for which I and many others live and breathe,” DeSopa developer T Rizk told TorrentFreak.

“It could be that a few members of congress are just not tech savvy and don’t understand that it is technically not going to work, at all. So here’s some proof that I hope will help them err on the side of reason and vote SOPA down,” he adds.

Indeed, having several workarounds in place long before the bill is signed into law doesn’t promise much good for SOPA’s effectiveness.

If browsing a site through a single IP address is not supported, this other anti-SOPA plugin provides an alternative.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: computersecurity; firefox; hackers; proxies; sopa

1 posted on 12/21/2011 8:39:16 AM PST by ShadowAce
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

2 posted on 12/21/2011 8:40:03 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce
Lol! The techies have already outsmarted the feds and this legislation hasn't even passed yet. When will they ever learn?
3 posted on 12/21/2011 8:42:50 AM PST by apillar
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To: ShadowAce

The idiots on Capitol Hill are making legislation without even a fundamental understanding of how the technology works. Even I could go into my router and change the DNS servers to something outside of US control. This add-on simply adds a layer of abstraction to the controls, and unless they make it illegal to circumvent domestic DNS servers, that’s pretty much what everyone will do anyway.

I envision a “great firewall” being setup by The Won and his minions.

Communist Amerika, here we come!


4 posted on 12/21/2011 8:43:34 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: ShadowAce
The original idea of a distributed internet was to survive a nuclear war. Congress's plan seems to be to try to do more damage to the infrastructure than a nuclear war would.
5 posted on 12/21/2011 8:46:49 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Hopefully, the original design of a distributed internet can help defend it from those who would destroy it.


6 posted on 12/21/2011 8:50:50 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce; Jim Robinson
A public plea for Jim Robinson to post a anti-SOPA banner on FR’s header with links to contact your Congresscretins in opposition, and possibly banners and links in every thread comment section similar to the fundraising autoscripts.

FR will be targeted and confiscated as soon as enforcement begins if SOPA passes from bill to law.

As will every other forum that can be considered fellow travelers in the online advocacy field.

7 posted on 12/21/2011 8:55:36 AM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: ShadowAce

It wouldn’t work in France, anyway........


8 posted on 12/21/2011 9:04:28 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Better ping Jim Thompson, too........


9 posted on 12/21/2011 9:05:10 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: apillar; rarestia

SOPA is more than DNS blocking.

Once FR is targeted, the very act of donating to FR becomes a Federal crime with serious penalties.

Once FR is targeted, Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, etc will be legally prohibited from processing donations.

Once FR is targeted, Jim and John will be facing massive legal bills and potential Federal prison sentences.

SOPA was specifically designed to destroy all fair use doctrine, codified at 17 U.S.C. § 107, in the United States,

SOPA was specifically written by lobbyists to target FR’s landmark legal victory in LOS ANGELES TIMES v. FREE REPUBLIC
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.A._Times_v._Free_Republic
http://www.freerepublic.com/summaryjudgment.htm

DeSOPA and other end-arounds of this bill will not keep the lights on on FR and other internet blogs/forums/websites.


10 posted on 12/21/2011 9:05:19 AM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander; All

The Feral government - all three branches - are NOT needed in the internet world.

They should worry about their own networks.

They should pass no new laws and create no new regulations.

As things are right now, everything works.

Big business is far too worried about making money off of rogue countries.

That’s what we get for dealing with them at all.

IMHO, there should be zero commerce with rogue nations; if that was the case, we would not have 1/2 of our current problems and the good nations of the world would prosper tremendously.

Now we’re stuck with it. But IMHO, it is far wiser to let these companies that want to sell to these buggers work out their own problems with the buggers, than to start passing draconian control of the internet laws.

After all, if a market I’m selling to is such a festering rathole of thieves that I can’t make money - why am I there trying to sell to them ? Let the rathole fester and fall behind technologically. When they’re all starving and begging us for help, maybe they’ll listen and change. If not, lett’em starve.

Instead, we’re doing business with them which props up failed ideologies.

Man are we stupid.


11 posted on 12/21/2011 9:21:16 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Why are you trying to change the subject regarding this fundamental issue of existence for FR?

What’s the point of your reply other than obfuscation, it is completely off topic.

Not that I disagree with most of your reply, but you could post another thread or comment on a thread on the topic just as easily.

Regards,


12 posted on 12/21/2011 9:29:48 AM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: ShadowAce

13 posted on 12/21/2011 9:38:20 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Not trying to change the subject, I was unaware of what’s in your post 10.

Had no idea about this - this Feral government is just so bad.

I’ve got it now, I’ll look at this.

Sorry about the rant.


14 posted on 12/21/2011 9:44:31 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: ShadowAce

lol If simply http://’ing to an IP is all it takes to circumvent this, it’s a joke! There’s no point in even trying it.

If done it will not work, and then eventually, we’re gonna need.... You guessed it, ANOTHER FEDERAL LAW!(federal laws attempting to regulate the internet are ridiculous in their premise in the first place).

They should just get back to something less useful, in looking to ban guns because of what they look like......


15 posted on 12/21/2011 10:05:32 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: JerseyHighlander; ShadowAce; Jim Robinson

Rep. Darrell Issa is against it, apparently has/will introduce something as an alternative ?

http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&id=941:issa-statement-on-stop-online-piracy-act-sopa-managers-amendment&catid=63:2011-press-releases&Itemid=4

Also, this link...

http://www.keepthewebopen.com/


16 posted on 12/21/2011 10:14:28 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: JerseyHighlander; All

Anyone know about opencongress.org ?

http://www.opencongress.org/contact_congress_letters/16712-H-R-3261-Stop-Online-Piracy-Act


17 posted on 12/21/2011 10:16:42 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: ShadowAce

The original SOPA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licensing_of_the_Press_Act_1662

The Licensing of the Press Act 1662 is an Act of the Parliament of England (14 Car. II. c. 33), long title “An Act for preventing the frequent Abuses in printing seditious treasonable and unlicensed Bookes and Pamphlets and for regulating of Printing and Printing Presses.” It was repealed by the Statute Law Revision Act 1863.


18 posted on 12/21/2011 10:18:38 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: ShadowAce

Desopa is good but it does not support sites that use sub-domains so it is not a full fix.


19 posted on 12/21/2011 10:28:19 AM PST by wattojawa (Caution: socialism may be hazardous to your wealth)
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To: JerseyHighlander

I was speaking specifically to the discussion in the article. I understand that SOPA is astronomically more devious than just this.


20 posted on 12/21/2011 11:33:37 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: ShadowAce

Something like this HAS to be done, elsewise how does the feedback loop get completed to inform government that not every nook and cranny of our existence is subject to their approval?

Yes, piracy is bad. True piracy. But half the stuff that Big Entertainment includes in their ever-expanding and all-consuming definition isn’t actually piracy (”If the letters in your name can be rearranged to spell ‘Mickey’, you’re infringing. Don’t bother sending a check, we’ll be debiting your bank account directly.”), and even to the extent that “piracy” is a problem, not every problem requires a government “solution”. In fact most don’t.


21 posted on 12/21/2011 11:57:51 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: ShadowAce

In fact, this whole response reminds me of that old saw about how outages aren’t a problem, cause the internet just “routes around it”. So analogously, overly intrusive government isn’t entirely problematic, cause freedom just “routes around it”! (In this case, quite literally)


22 posted on 12/21/2011 12:01:31 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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