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[liberationtech] The Pirate Bay moving to North Korea, really ?

Olivier Tesquet olivier.tesquet at gmail.com
Tue Mar 5 02:30:20 PST 2013


2013/3/5 Amin Sabeti <aminsabeti at gmail.com>

> See the update 3:
> http://falkvinge.net/2013/03/05/evidence-the-pirate-bay-move-to-north-korea-was-a-prank-in-understandable-terms/
>

Thanks Amin, I hadn't see it. My question would duplicate Falkvinge's one :
How do you fake a traceroute to this degree ? And why now ?


>
>
> On 5 March 2013 10:12, Olivier Tesquet <olivier.tesquet at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Dear Libtechers,
>>
>> I was wondering what your thoughts were on this (so far a) rumor that The
>> Pirate Bay has moved its servers to Democratic Peoples Republic of North
>> Korea. It was first evoked by Rick Falkvinge yesterday, followed by a TPB
>> statement ironically signed "Kim Jung-Bay", while the logo was revamped :
>>
>>
>> http://falkvinge.net/2013/03/04/after-being-cut-from-norway-the-pirate-bay-returns-from-north-korea/
>> https://thepiratebay.se/blog/229
>>
>> Now, unsurprisingly, some people are claiming it's a well executed fake
>> using a BGP stunt, even though a traceroute actually lead to North Korea
>> sole ISP, Star-KP :
>>
>> https://rdns.im/the-pirate-bay-north-korean-hosting-no-its-fake
>>
>> So far, I can't really tell what's the idea behind such a move, except
>> the fact it's hard to assess (does North Korea even have broadband in
>> sufficient proportions to host TPB ? I doubt so). The TPB as a history in
>> cat-and-mouse game, as their shift from a .com to a .se domain name a few
>> days after the MegaUpload raid proved. But now ? When DPRK meets the
>> Internet, I can't help but thinking about 4chan pranks and Eric Schmidt
>> looking at Kim Jong-Un looking at things.
>>
>> wdyt ?
>>
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