Unblocked Pirates Bay Proxy
Torrent-related sites which the UK government ordered major ISPs to ban – including The Pirate Bay – seem to have become available to consumers again due to the sites’ use of the CloudFlare caching service.
TorrentFreak spotted the return of file-sharing Torrent sites – such as Rarbg.com, Torrentz.eu and Isohunt.to – from the purgatory enforced on them by Virgin, TalkTalk, BT and EE at the government’s edict, and ascribes the return of The Pirate Bay to the infamous file-sharing site’s take-up of CloudFlare’s strict SSL feature.
CloudFlare, operating from San Francisco and London, provides a comprehensive Content Delivery Network caching system caching service at three tiers from free to subscription – but the SSL features it offers are available to all customers, paying or otherwise.
TorrentFreak talked to the operator of recently-banned TPB proxy ilikerainbows.co, who said: “I believe it’s because of how CloudFlare works. Simply put, when you enable HTTPS Strict on CloudFlare they remove the HTTP Header from the request during HTTPS Connections – thus when they try to inspect the header to a list of ‘banned’ websites, it won’t register…So any site that uses CloudFlare, has a properly configured and signed SSL Certificate and enables HTTPS-Strict under CloudFlare should be able to evade the ban that’s imposed by Virgin and perhaps other providers”
HTTPS strict requires a paid-for security certificate, so potentially the Certificating Authority (CA) could be approached to revoke the certificate being used by The Pirate Bay, and similar ones by other sites; but as it stands the URLs no longer exactly resemble the ones banned by the government. The Pirate Bay is currently using a certificate issued by Comodo CA. After an uncommital response to an enquiry, TF believes that that Virgin is taking the ban in a very literal sense – to the point that the addition of an https prefix could be seen to constitute a different URL to any that may have been previously banned; but that’s disingenuous, and unconfirmed by the company.