• Firefox Add-On Bypasses SOPA DNS Blocking

    The pending Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) continues to inspire opponents to come up with creative solutions to circumvent it.

    A new anti-SOPA add-on for Firefox, titled “DeSopa,” is such a counter measure.

    When installed, users can click a single button to resolve a blocked domain via foreign DNS servers, bypassing all domestic DNS blockades and allowing the user to browse the site though the bare IP-address (if supported).

    “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,” DeSopa developer T Rizk told TorrentFreak.

    “It could be that a few members of congress are just not tech savvy and don’t understand that it is technically not going to work, at all. So here’s some proof that I hope will help them err on the side of reason and vote SOPA down,” he adds.

    Indeed, having several workarounds in place long before the bill is signed into law doesn’t promise much good for SOPA’s effectiveness.

    If browsing a site through a single IP address is not supported, this other anti-SOPA plugin provides an alternative.
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      What about using different DNS servers, no add-on necessary. They can be much quicker than the DNS servers your ISP provides.Also, I haven't read up on it, but exactly which DNS resolvers have to comply with the blockades if it were to go into effect, just the ISPs?
    1. mr. nails's Avatar
      mr. nails -
      Quote Originally Posted by mjmacky View Post
      What about using different DNS servers, no add-on necessary.
      Exactly. Using your ISP's server always seemed to slow down (for example) Youtube. Once I switched DNS server all HQ 720p/1080p videos seemed to stream much faster and smoother.
    1. cola's Avatar
      cola -
      http://vivil.free.fr/dns.htm?Great list of open DNS servers.