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Guide: How to Circumvent US DNS Censorship (Obtaining Server IPs)

Guide: How to Circumvent US DNS Censorship (Obtaining Server IPs)

The PROTECT IP Act in the United States would block certain domains from responding if Hollywood decides you shouldn’t be permitted to view that website. The good news is that this depends on you using actual names to access websites, not IP addresses. This will make it substantially easier to bi-pass US censorship and Windows comes pre-installed with the necessary tools to do so. So this is a guide on how to use what you already have to circumvent US DNS censorship.

Unless you want a different browser other than Internet Explorer, this guide requires absolutely no installing of software. It uses what typically comes prepackaged in a Windows operating system. If the PROTECT IP Act is passed, the information you learn by using this simple technique will be able to completely bi-pass DNS censorship.

Step 1 – Run Command Prompt

Go in to your start menu. In the search menu at the bottom, type “run”. Hit the enter key on your keyboard.

In the window that pops up, type “cmd”. Click on “OK”

Step 2 – Obtain the Server IP Address

Don’t let the command prompt screen scare you. You’re only typing in one thing here.

Type in “ping [domain name here]“. In our case, we are typing in the domain name for www.megaupload.com.

I’ve circled the important numbers. The server IP address is 174.140.154.14 for MegaUpload. That’s the only bit of information we need from this. You can type this number into, say, notepad. Just as long as you have the IP address ready to copy and paste. Type in “exit” and hit enter to close the command prompt window.

Step 3 – Test the Results

In your browser of choice, type in the address bar “http://[insert IP address here]” This will access the website more directly. In our case, we typed in “http://174.140.154.14″ This loaded MegaUpload.com for us!

Now, if you have a list of websites you know of that might be hit by the US DNS censorship proposed in the PROTECT IP act, obtain the IP addresses in this manner now before the censorship starts and save these IP address numbers somewhere convenient. That way, if the domain is censored, you can simply type in the IP address in your browser and the address will still load long after the domain is blocked.

Congratulations! You’ve defeated the Great Firewall of America! (for now)

Note: This will only work if the website remains in a specific server. If the website moves to a different server, then there’s a chance that the IP address in question will stop working. As long as you have the IP address in use by that given website, you’ll still be able to access that website even if the US government decided to block that particular domain.

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Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson is perhaps one of the more well-known file-sharing and technology news writers around. A journalist in the field since 2005, his work has had semi-regular appearances on social news websites and even occasional appearances on major news outlets as well. Drew founded freezenet.ca and still contributes to ZeroPaid. Twitter | Google Plus
Anonymous
Anonymous

You are in the good fight guys , don't let them kill the internet freedom and bring censorship on all of us , just because a few multimillinaire media and distribution giant companies don't want to accept that the world has changed and still wants to milk the artists the best they can , whatever the cost is in term of freedom Artists must find new ways of cmmercializing their products , they can create their own website and distribute 10% of their songs or films or whatever for free , so that the peolple can judge and buy Directly to them , giving them 100% of the price . Artists wouldn't be swindled by those medias giant who have a huge influence not only in the US , but also in Europe , they are able to get politicians to bow to their ultimatums , they have a lot of money and are very influential . You guys are heroes , you don't do that for the money , you are the underdogs , but millions of people are supporting , that you can be sure , our children will support and look back at your actions as attempts to safeguard freedom , my heartiest encouragements guys , Good luck and keep it up !

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

Yes, but at this time, obtaining IP addresses for servers is feasible at this time because the laws that would allow for the blocking websites have not been passed yet and most of these domains have not been affected yet. This is part of a series of guides I'm making for the next few days. :)

ejonesss
ejonesss

what a rip! i was expecting the us censorship to be more like to be server does not exist if done from usa connection. and i was expecting the circumvention to be involving using an open dns server instead

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

Of course you can use MAFIAA fire to accomplish the same thing. The idea is that bi-passing DNS censors can be manually done with things that come prepackaged in Windows (and in Mac computers as well for all I know) Nothing wrong with having more than one way of defeating the US censors. :)

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

Yup. Unless I am mistaken, the plan is essentially to modify DNS information so if you type in a domain name, you wouldn't access the website. Of course, I wouldn't put it past them to start censoring IP addresses as well, but again, such an initiative would also be easily bypassed, i.e. via proxy so that all that the ISP is seeing is you accessing a particular server a lot when, in fact, you are visiting all the blocked servers the US government doesn't want you to access. One way or another, where there is a will, there is a way. ;)



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