The House and Senate’s respective anti-online piracy bills, SOPA and PIPA, have stirred controversy over internet censorship. Firefox now has an add-on, DeSopa, that circumvents the bill’s DNS blocking.
DeSopa, created by developer T Rizk, is a simple Firefox extension that allows internet users to revert to using a site’s IP (internet protocol) address, thereby bypassing DNS blockades of foreign websites such as The Pirate Bay. At the Firefox DeSopa download page, the add-on is described as such, “DNS Evasion to Stop Oppressive Policy in America.”
T Rizk told TorrentFreak, “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,” adding that it will serve as proof that SOPA will not work and hopefully help Congress come to its senses.
One can also access The Pirate Bay through the “The Pirate Bay Dancing” add-on, developed by MAFIAAFire, which routes users around DNS and IP blocks through thousands of random proxies that are constantly rotated. According to TorrentFreak, it is believed that this add-on might well be able to circumvent national firewalls, such as those found in China.
Certainly, DeSopa will be a frustrating development for Rep. Lamar Smith and the other sponsors of SOPA and PIPA, and will also inspire hackers and developers to create other ways to circumvent state internet blockades.