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posted by martyb on Saturday May 17 2014, @01:05PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the dare-ya-to-pirate-this dept.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary last August, The Pirate Bay presented a gift to its users: the PirateBrowser. The browser is based on Firefox and utilizes the Tor network to obfuscate people's locations. It is meant purely as a tool to circumvent censorship and unlike the Tor browser it does not provide any anonymity for its users. Recently, PirateBrowser achieved a new milestone more than five million people have downloaded a copy of the tool from the official website. That's an average of more than half a million downloads per month.

There have been no updates to the software since its first release. This will change in the coming weeks: the Pirate Bay team will push out an update soon with upgraded versions of the software. In addition, the new release will have support for social media sites to serve users in countries where these services are restricted or blocked.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by ilPapa on Saturday May 17 2014, @01:35PM

    by ilPapa (2366) Subscriber Badge on Saturday May 17 2014, @01:35PM (#44634) Journal

    As long as it was just downloading porn it was all fun and games, but if the Pirate Bay actually gives people the ability to communicate and defeat regressive regimes (pretty much all of them) then somebody's going to get hurt.

    --
    You are still welcome on my lawn.
  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Horse With Stripes on Saturday May 17 2014, @02:01PM

    by Horse With Stripes (577) on Saturday May 17 2014, @02:01PM (#44636)

    Windows only? Hmmm ... not very Linux or Mac friendly, now is it?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 17 2014, @03:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 17 2014, @03:05PM (#44646)

      Considering its other known and unknown checking and reporting activities in relation to certain industry views that labelled such actions as "Pirating" in the first place, Windows would seem to be a counter-intuitive selection for even visiting such places.

      Wonder how long before someone suggests downloading that browser with the Tor browser?

    • (Score: 1) by bennym on Sunday May 18 2014, @12:22AM

      by bennym (4194) on Sunday May 18 2014, @12:22AM (#44737)

      I guess they figure that the Linux users are mostly smart enough to look after themselves and the Mac users have already sold their souls to Apple and it's too late for them.

      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by cykros on Sunday May 18 2014, @05:50AM

        by cykros (989) on Sunday May 18 2014, @05:50AM (#44779)

        Linux users are smart enough to look after themselves? Have you SEEN the new breed of Linux noobs weened on Ubuntu and Mint? While the distros themselves may have their place, they're certainly good at coddling the user to the point of never needing to learn a goddamn thing. Wanna give someone their first Linux distro? Give them the Slackware DVD, and point them to the wiki, and linuxquestions.net. They'll likely thank you for it later.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 18 2014, @06:41AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 18 2014, @06:41AM (#44790)

          AC modding parent way up. +6 Spectacular