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Title: Firefox Add-On Bypasses SOPA DNS Blocking
Source: Torrent Freak
URL Source: http://torrentfreak.com/firefox-add ... sses-sopa-dns-blocking-111220/
Published: Dec 21, 2011
Author: unattributed
Post Date: 2011-12-21 11:37:35 by A K A Stone
Keywords: None
Views: 5024
Comments: 9

The 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.

Poster Comment:

Here is the link for the extension. Enjoy. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/desopa/

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#1. To: All, pinguinite (#0)

About this Add-on

# DeSopa


I. ABOUT: --------------- Powerful special interests are attempting to force legislation for tighter control of the Internet, because they believe such legislation will preserve their power. The bill they have sponsored, SOPA, not only has severe consequences for the Internet, it doesn't even achieve their objectives. SOPA, under the innocuous banner "Stop Online Piracy Act" will have the following repercussions:

1) Make organizations, such as Google, Facebook, Digg and Reddit liable to censor user generated content. Censoring billions of records for billions of possible violations is expensive. One of these companies has already stated that it may be forced to shut down as a result of the financial burden caused by SOPA. Other companies may have to scale back the services they offer for free, or otherwise charge for them.

2) Provide well financed trade groups such the MPAA and RIAA with leverage to shape the future of the internet for the benefit of the organizations they represent, by threatening closure of services that they believe are not in their interest.

3) Create a high barrier to entry for start-ups and a rough legal landscape for small businesses. If SOPA was implemented 10 years ago, there is a high probability that we would not have many of the online services we take for granted such as YouTube and Pandora.

4) The probable dissolution of DNS caused by the natural circumvention of blocked sites will result in wide array of security problems, bleeding the digital economy of integrity.

The internet creates market efficiencies that forces industries to adapt, thus pushing forward progress for humanity as a whole. Public freedoms should not be curtailed and the Internet, built by the masses, should not be destroyed, so that a powerful few may have a false sense of security that their business models are sustainable without technological evolution.

This program is a proof of concept that SOPA will not help prevent piracy. The program, implemented as a Firefox extension, simply contacts offshore domain name resolution services to obtain the IP address for any desired website, and accesses those websites directly via IP. Similar offshore resolution services will eventually maintain their own cache of websites, without blacklisting, in order to meet the demand created by SOPA.

If SOPA is implemented, thousands of similar and more innovative programs and services will sprout up to provide access to the websites that people frequent. SOPA is a mistake. It does not even technically help solve the underlying problem, as this software illustrates. What it will do is give undue leverage to predatory organizations, cripple innocent third party websites, severely dampen digital innovation and negatively impact the integrity and security of the Internet.

Please bring this to the attention of congressmen responsible for voting on SOPA. SOPA will not technically achieve its stated objectives. Anyone voting in favor of it is morally responsible for destroying the freedoms, innovation, hard work and aspirations of many.

II. HOW TO USE: --------------------------- - Enable the Status/Add-on bar if it is not enabled (View->Toolbars->Add-on bar) - Click on the yellow DeSopa button in the Status/Add-on bar, at the bottom of the browser window, to access websites by IP. - Click the green DeSopa button to switch back to DNS resolution.

III. KNOWN LIMITATIONS: --------------------------------------- - Does not resolve subdomains. - Can only resolve tabs one at a time. - First time resolution is a bit slow because three services are checked serially and compared. This may be done in parallel in the future, or a trusted single source may be used. - Although a number of domains may not be directly accessible via IP because they are on virtual hosts, etc, assuming that any of these domains were blocked by SOPA, it would be trivial for them to configure a dedicated IP address, hence becoming world accessible via DeSopa. Thus, SOPA remains ineffective, even for these domains.

IV. HOW IT WORKS: --------------------------------- When turned on, DeSopa intercepts URLs, sends the base URL to three offshore DNS services via HTTP, makes a best effort to check that two of them are equivalent, caches the IP for the browser session, redirects to the equivalent URL using the IP, and substitutes out the domain name in the source code with the IP address for future requests.

A K A Stone  posted on  2011-12-21   12:04:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: A K A Stone, *Ron Paul for President* (#0)

DHS will get around to blocking the dotted quad soon enough.

Dotted quad is the real IP addy.... ie Save the internets, vote Ron Paul!

"We (government) need to do a lot less, a lot sooner" ~Ron Paul

Obama's watch stopped on 24 May 2008, but he's been too busy smoking crack to notice.

Hondo68  posted on  2011-12-21   12:43:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: A K A Stone (#0)

Just use Linux/Firefox/TOR and you are all set. Nothing to worry about.... and the stuff is simple to install, even for dumbfucks on the Internet.

buckeroo  posted on  2011-12-21   15:58:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: buckeroo (#3)

I've never used linux. Any suggestions on which version. I'd like to install it on an old computer first. To learn it.

A K A Stone  posted on  2011-12-22   9:03:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: A K A Stone (#4)

Umbunto is one of the most popular version and I recommend it. I have windows and Unbunto on the same machine with a dual partition. I prefer it to Windows as it is more flexible as to how you can set it up and the computer runs faster on it.

I use Windows only when I have to.

Ferret Mike  posted on  2011-12-22   10:17:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: Ferret Mike, A K A Stone (#5)

Isn't linux a socialist operating system?

Economics is a social phenomenon and in no way a “science”, no matter how desperately its high priests would like to have it believed otherwise. It is, instead, a branch of anthropology and the sooner that is recognized and accepted, the better off human-kind in general and the world of academic economics, in particular, shall be proximity1

lucysmom  posted on  2011-12-22   10:24:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: lucysmom (#6)

Calling an open source operating system that encourages innovation and flexibility means places like Free Geek in Portland can build many grant, store and geek boxes out of donated computers allowing poor people and low budget organizations have computers they otherwise could not have, so I'm sure there are Re-thugs that hate it for that reason.


Ferret Mike  posted on  2011-12-22   10:36:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: lucysmom (#6)

Isn't linux a socialist operating system?

No. Stick with your apple 2e.

A K A Stone  posted on  2011-12-22   10:37:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#9. To: A K A Stone (#8)

Stick with your apple 2e.

What's that?

Economics is a social phenomenon and in no way a “science”, no matter how desperately its high priests would like to have it believed otherwise. It is, instead, a branch of anthropology and the sooner that is recognized and accepted, the better off human-kind in general and the world of academic economics, in particular, shall be proximity1

lucysmom  posted on  2011-12-22   12:03:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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