HTTPS kills Cameron’s smut plans

cameron_pigGatePig fancying British Prime Minister David “One is an Ordinary Bloke” Cameron’s attempts to ban smut from the Interwebs are coming unstuck because of basic technology that most people have.

For those who came in late, Cameron’s cronies spent a lot of time and effort forcing ISPs to block access to torrent sites. This would logically bring an end to torrented porn and mean that children would be safe in their beds.

But the likes of The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents offering secure, encrypted connection and all users need to do is stick an extra ‘s’ in the URL. This is not a new trick but word is getting out and HTTPS torrenting is increasing.

Rather than offering HTTPS as an option, a number of torrent sites default to the secure connection, automatically sidestepping ISP-level blocks. ISPs can block it, and Sky does.  But since HTTPS connections strip HTTP headers it may be harder to detect that a blocked site is being accessed.

ISPs could also block the site’s IP-addresses, but since many use shared IPs from CloudFlare this would also take down other unrelated websites.  Not that Cameron cares he is just thinking about the children after all if the great unwashed watch too much porn they will start forgetting they have children and leave them in pubs.