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The Pirate Bay celebrates 10th anniversary by launching web browser

updated 08:38 pm EDT, Sat August 10, 2013

PirateBrowser to use Tor for circumventing connection blocks

The Pirate Bay has launched its own web browser, as part of its tenth-anniversary celebrations. The browser, dubbed "PirateBrowser," is a combination of Firefox 23 and a Tor client, which the BitTorrent site hopes will allow users to be able to access the site, which is currently blocked from view by a considerable number of Internet service providers.

The browser is provided with some proxy configurations preselected to help speed up page loads, according to Torrentfreak. "It is a simple one-click browser that circumvents censorship and blockades and makes the site instantly available and accessible," states the Pirate Bay, continuing "No bundled ad-ware, toolbars or other crap, just a pre-configured Firefox browser." The site assures that it is "just to circumvent censorship, to remove limits on accessing sites governments don't want you to know about."

Though the browser would be a useful took to those wishing to visit the site and other blocked web locations, it is still possible for ISPs to fight against it being used, though in future this could be avoided completely. The Pirate Bay advised that it is looking into constructing a BitTorrent-based browser which would store and distribute sites across a network, effectively providing too many traffic routes and destinations for ISPs to block, and potentially allows the site to exist without requiring a publicly-accessible webserver.

by MacNN Staff



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