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Emergency IP Lists Emerging in Event SOPA Passes

Emergency IP Lists Emerging in Event SOPA Passes

SOPA is getting one step closer towards final passage. This has many users nervous. Now, it seems, a very predictable development is occurring, users are generating IP address lists to bi-pass DNS censorship.

DNS censorship could soon be a reality in the US. If a company or government entity choose to make a website disappear, it would be one complaint away from a reality. From the beginning, I personally envisioned groups sending IP lists over things like IRC to ensure that the internet remains relatively uncensored. This concept of sharing uncensored domain names is now a reality.

BoingBoing is pointing to both a Reddit post and a Google docs posting with IP address lists to popular websites.

Many users who sees this list might not necessarily know what to do with them. That is why, months ago, I wrote a guide on how to maintain a HOSTS file complete with screenshots. The guide shows you what to do with an IP address such as the one above.

In fact, if you want to find an IP address to a website not found in the emergency SOPA list, there are multiple ways of obtaining it. You can either obtain the IP address of your favorite IP address through web hosting tools or even using command prompt. Ideally, you should obtain the IP addresses before the domain is censored.

As in the past, I foresee this being a new norm should SOPA pass. The inherent problem is that you are putting your net security in the hands of whoever is generating these lists. If someone were to put an IP address in the list that actually points to a malicious website instead of the real website, then this is something that has to either be manually fixed on the end-users part or the entry has to be removed entirely. This is one big reason why many security experts are freaking out over this legislation – because it makes the internet less secure. If the automatic DNS system is left alone, this problem wouldn’t be happening in the first place.

For more information on other ways DNS censorship can be bi-passed, check out our 8 technical methods that make DNS censorship useless article.

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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


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