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Pirate Bay's VPN Service Goes Live
Hides user activity for seven dollars a month...
by Karl Bode 03:00PM Thursday Jan 21 2010
Early in 2009, popular Swedish BitTorrent website The Pirate Bay announced they'd soon be offering an unlogged VPN tunneling service called IPREDator. The service took aim at the new Swedish anti-piracy law IPRED (Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive) which gave copyright holders in Sweden the ability to force ISPs in the country to hand over the names and addresses of users who transmit pirated material. According to Torrent Freak the service has gone live, and the website's promising to obscure your download habits from prying eyes for 5 Euro (about seven bucks) a month:
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Much like many other comparable VPN services, Ipredator allows users to connect to the Internet while hiding their own IP-address. The interest in services like this is booming. In Sweden alone, an estimated 500,000 Internet subscribers are already hiding their identities online, and that number is expected to rapidly grow in the new year.
Aside from the Pirate Bay "brand" (the value of which is negligible since many of the site founders have moved on) the service doesn't really appear to offer anything that other VPN services don't offer already, though it's clearly marketed at users who want to download copyrighted material without getting ISP nastygrams, or in some countries, worse.


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reply to Metatron2008

Re: Anybody can create a VPN.

said by Metatron2008:

Sigh...

Pirate Bays service uses a vpn tunneling method known as PPTP according to internet services. Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol is a very basic form of VPN that really connects dial up connections.

LT2P was a combination of L2F and PPTP and provides alot more security. IPSEC is the best of them all.

Smoothwall can use both LT2p AND ipsec, and can have 100's of tunnels. I believe m0n0wall can do the same...

Now, as for termination, that's a bit difficult, but the easiest method is to use the smoothwall/m0n0wall computer as a router firewall as well as vpn and turn your current router into a WAP (or regular access point if it's not wireless).
Again - how does this help hide anything? You still need something on the other side of the link in order to terminate the VPN. I am aware of the home unit being used, and would point out that the software clients that are supplied with these services are perfectly acceptable, it still doesn't resolve the basic issue that a VPN needs a terminator either side of the link and you still haven't mentioned what is going to supply the termination on the other side of the link.

Smoothwall can do IPSEC till the cows come home, to get a tunnel up you still need somewhere to complete the tunnel and you still haven't answered that. This is what the TPB service offers, an end point for the VPN, your unit will only supply a VPN end point / client it will not supply a VPN.


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said by Metatron2008:

With m0n0wall or smoothwall and a decent old athlon/p4.

It's funny that people complain about wall street, say that downloading illegal material is a right (not to mention saying 'copyright infrigement isn't theft'), and yet don't seem to know anything about the technical details.
Apologies for seeming computer illiterate and knowing nothing about technical details but you do seem to have missed the minor detail that you need somewhere to terminate that VPN outside your ISP's network in order to hide the activity?

This is kinda what these guys are offering, the other side of the VPN, the termination point of the VPN and the break out to the Internet to obfuscate the original client IP from the wider Internet and the traffic inside the tunnel from the client's ISP.

Unless of course you think that following your advice above and connecting to a box on the same connection as your PC you'll be leeching with via a VPN will achieve anything. I'm sure that's not the case though as you'd look a bit silly accusing other people of not knowing anything about technical details or discussing computer illiterate people when you didn't read the link you pasted and have no idea how VPNs actually work. That can't be the case, right?
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