16 Sep

Ars Technica – Newzbin2 builds block-averting measures into its software

Usenet index Newzbin2 claims to have built software that will defeat court-ordered ISP blocking tactics and allow users to access it as normal.

Following complaints from content companies back in July 2011, BT was forced to implement its child-porn blocking software to stop customers from accessing the website, which aggregates links to copyrighted content. At the time there were fears from charities that by using this technology to combat copyright infringement, it would divert more attention to making it easy to circumvent these blocks.

Those fears turn out to have been justified—it took coders less than two months to defeat the ban. Newzbin Client 1.0.0.127 has been released, which evades BT’s Cleanfeed technology by creating an encrypted session between the client and the Newzbin2 site. It also lets the user access the site through the TOR anonymity network, adding an extra layer of encryption.

via Ars Technica – Newzbin2 builds block-averting measures into its software. Every time someone tries to prevent information from being reached on the Internet someone else finds a way around it.