A WEB BROWSER released by filesharing website The Pirate Bay has been downloaded one million times in the two months since it was released.
Called the Pirate Browser, the web browser offers users a way to The Pirate Bay when otherwise they might be blocked by their internet service provider (ISP).
The Pirate Bay launched it in August, saying that it was based on the Tor network and thus bypasses blocks that might otherwise affect visits from people locked out of its pages. ISPs that block the site in the UK include Sky and Virgin Media.
"Piratebrowser is a bundle package of the TOR client (Vidalia), Firefox Portable browser (with foxyproxy addon) and some custom configs that allows you to circumvent censorship that certain countries such as Iran, North Korea, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Italy and Ireland impose onto their citizens," explained The Pirate Bay.
"While it uses [the] TOR network, which is designed for anonymous surfing, this browser is intended just to circumvent censorship - to remove limits on accessing websites your government doesn't want you to know about. There have been no modifications to any of the packages used, no adware, trojans, toolbars, etc. This is simply a tool to help people get around censorship."
This weekend The Pirate Bay told Torrentfreak that it had hit one million downloads, adding that it is perhaps down to people's natural inquisitiveness. However, it does not appear to be used often, except by 0.5 percent of users.
"I guess that a lot of people want to see the websites their governments and courts are trying to hide from them," said The Pirate Bay's spokeperson Winston.
The explanation echoed what Winston said when, a few days after launch, the web browser hit 100,000 downloads. µ
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