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Thousands in Line for New IP Address Anonymity Service

Thursday, 09 Apr 2009 08:06 PM

By Dave Eberhart

A controversial Swedish law called the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) has triggered a cyber-reaction that has become all the rage among Web privacy hounds.

Taking its name from the Swedish law, “IPREDator” is a new virtual private networking service (VPN) created by the developers of The Pirate Bay, one of the top hubs for sharing copyrighted files, according to ReadWriteWeb.com.

Using IPREDator’s VPN, the customer can stay anonymous on the net. The users Internet traffic will be encrypted and protected – beyond what the typical VPN offers. ISP-designated IP addresses remain hidden, revealing only a second IP address provided by the VPN.

According to a report on Wired.com, some 100,000 people have already signed up for The Pirate Bay’s new anonymity service.

A visit to the site by Newsmax revealed that as of Thursday afternoon the service is in beta status, slowly opening to around 500 users. When those users are experiencing the service bug-free, the gates will be thrown open to all.

Not surprisingly, 80 percent of the throngs waiting at the gate are Swedes, Peter Sunde, spokesperson for The Pirate Bay, said to the Swedish news agency TT this week.

What makes IPREDator different from other services is that The Pirate Bay says it will not log its data, making it more difficult to trace activity to a specific user. The lack of data also makes a law enforcement agency’s subpoena for such information at best problematic.

Users will pay a fee of approximately $6 per month for the peace of mind that their actions will be very hard to trace

ReadWriteWeb has this comment on the new service: “An anonymizer as easy to use as The Pirate Bay itself -- affordable, and made available worldwide -- will become the scourge of law enforcement everywhere, especially once it’s put to use for much more dangerous purposes than catching up on the latest episode of ‘Lost.’”

“So now we have yet another tool that will make things easier for the terrorists, the child predators, and the other online criminals to use to hide behind along with those oh-so-dangerous downloaders. We can’t help but wonder if that’s really a good thing.”

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