Seriously, guys. This is embarrassing.
In mid-December, an order from Australia's Federal Court directed Telstra, Optus, TPG and M2 -- four of Australia's largest ISPs, including their subsidiaries like iiNet and AAPT -- to block access to The Pirate Pay, Isohunt and other websites often used to download copyrighted materials.
Those ISPs were left to choose their own methods of site blocking, whether it be a simple URL block or a DNS-based redirection. The method favoured by most uses DNS, which ties a website's URL to its numerical IP address and directs those requests through to the appropriate location.
A DNS block is phenomenally easy to circumvent.
On a Windows PC, it takes a matter of seconds to change your network connection's DNS settings to Google's public DNS. Open up your Wi-Fi, click a couple of things, tap the '8' key four times, et voila. It was quick enough that I could GIF it.
— Campbell Simpson (@csimps0n) February 7, 2017
Before Christmas, the first practical application of Australia's site-blocking laws was used to block websites apparently used for illegitimate file sharing of copyrighted materials.
The Federal Court has ordered Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block five torrent websites, including Pirate Bay and TorrentHound, within 15 days. Here's what you need to know.
This story originally appeared on Gizmodo