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A programmer has designed a backdoor which will allow grumble movie lovers to get around UK prime Minister David Cameron's ban on filth. Anyone using Chrome can now employ a simple extension called Go Away Cameron to bypass the new network-level "safety" filters implemented by the UK's biggest ISPs: TalkTalk, Sky and this week, …

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Of course, it won't be long before producing or using software to circumvent the government approved filters will be made a criminal offence...

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Just like all Governments, they are only interested in crowd control, I bet they don't have restrictions placed on them.

So called leaders are pretty much interchangeable, Kim Jong Un, Cameron, Obama, All South American Presidents, all African Presidents to name but a few who want to restrict access for their own means.

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"South american presidents"

As a South American, I believe that you should be better informed before grouping us with the likes of Kim Jong Un or other kind of dictators.

Most of South America enjoys a healthy democracy, which has been very hard to get and that most of the citizens care deeply for.

Chile, my own small country, was the first country in the world to establish a "net neutrality" policy, three or four years ago.

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"Of course, it won't be long before producing or using software to circumvent the government approved filters will be made a criminal offence..."

True,

Or Call-me-Dave might finally realize his Daily Jailbait friendly campaign is going seriously pear shaped.

And perhaps time to consider the strategy.

Not a U turn you understand. No sir. Just a "re-consideration"

Right.

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'Like All South American Presidents'.

What the fuck? You mean the US led and British supported dictatorships that were popular for a while? The US led dictatorships that disappeared my wife's Uncle under Bordaberry?

It really pisses me off when shitsocks like you go mouthing off about things you know absofuckinglutely nothing about. There hasn't been a Western government in over 100 years that was one fucking jot better than Bordaberry. Our governments just do shitty things to people in other countries so pantywaists like yourself can keep getting cheap chocolate, fruits and gas without having to worry yourself about anything other than the self righteous sniffing of your own farts.

You sanctimonious little garden gnome. I would be absolutely shocked if you could name even three of the people you are smearing. The rest of the world isn't what you think it is. By and large you could go anywhere in South America and find greater tolerance, better applications of Democracy and better preschool through undergraduate education systems than you'll find anywhere in the US or UK.

It's people like you who I have to defend against when I travel. People who degrade every person of class in their country by stumbling through the world making stupid statements like yours. Now go away and don't bother us anymore until you've actually gone out into the world and have valid experience.

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Furthermore

South American presidents have a far better record of resisting US pressure than our sorry little child-leader.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fletcher_Memorial_Home

'Nuff said.

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I signed up just so I could upvote that.

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Re: "South american presidents"

Most of South America enjoys a healthy democracy, which has been very hard to get and that most of the citizens care deeply for.

Despite all of the meddling the CIA (Cunts In America) have done over the past 50+ years. It is a shame that most (US) Americans don't realize that!

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Re: Alister

"Of course, it won't be long before producing or using software to circumvent the government approved filters will be made a criminal offence..." Sorry if it hurts your tinfoil-wrapped head, but it is already possible to byepass the filters just by opting out of the filtering, so why would that be made illegal?

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First the warez, then the porn, then your freedom.

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Freedom? What freedom? Look around you, there is no freedom, it's just an illusion!

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Filtering sites about proxies

As the reg previously reported, BT filters sites that provide information about bypassing the filter... So how long before the linked chromestore becomes filtered?

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Re: Filtering sites about proxies

"So how long before the linked chromestore becomes filtered?"

That'll be a god bit of extra news coverage.

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Getting round the filters was always going to be trivial (for the younger generation)

The idea was to try and keep it quiet so parents could more easily be nagged into letting little Timmay have a PC in his room on the 'new safe internet' to 'do his homework'

Timmay is currently putting all other machine in the household on the bandwidth limited guest network and peering the prawns at full throttle

The only people in the household that are filtered are mum and dad...

In my day the playground had a black market in soft porn mags

These days it's more likely to be little post-it's of router settings, plugins, proxies and vpns

But at least the Tories can stand up and say 'We made the UK a a safer place for the children' and only ~30% of the voting population realise that to be bullshit

Daily Mail and Mothers Union, what have you done...

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only ~30% of the voting population realise that to be bullshit

Aren't you a tad overoptimistic? I would have said 3% myself :-)

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Re: only ~30% of the voting population realise that to be bullshit

3% is all you need to swing a bunch of marginal seats and win an election....

Who care what damage is done to society when you can have another 5 years of Power !!!!

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It's not only the Mail and Mothers, it's feminists too, who think women who do porn degrade women and men only use porn to fulfill their control fantasies. Feminists want to get more women into tech, but now they've created an environment where all boys will become network specialists by the age of 14 it will make it that much harder to get "equal representation" in the industry.

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Not all feminist

It's only a small part of feminists that want to block porn, the same feminists that believe that *all* prostitutes are trafficked and abused, while students working at McDonald's have done a career choice, clothing industry and house staffing exploitation of migrants doesn't exist/not worth fighting for.

Those people use feminism as an excuse to push their narrow minded view of society, along the average Daily Mail reader/voter.

If you look around the web there are plenty of feminists with a different point of view, I'm thinking about people like Brooke Magnanti (Belle de Jour), Zoe Margolis (Girl with one track mind) and plenty of others.

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Re: 3% is all you need to swing a bunch of marginal seats and win an election....

Yes, if they all vote the same way. Which they won't.

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Re: only ~30% of the voting population realise that to be bullshit

"Who care what damage is done to society when you can have another 5 years of Power "

Hmm, and what a wonderful word that is, power

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Censoring the internet is a problem even if you are not child. For instance an abusive partner can prevent access to rape self-help and support services and call it 'protecting the children'.

Not a good place to be- have you donated to the Open Rights Group yet ?

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>Getting round the filters was always going to be trivial (for the younger generation)

Although the schools have been trying hard to reduce this ability - mostly through ICT lessons

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Re: Not all feminist

Like so many other movements, the insane minority steals the voice of the majority. You can no more not notice them than you would if you came home and found your house filled with squid or a battalion of narwhals drinking your whisky and raping a crate of lemons.

It's that way with politics, religion, social issues, just about any 'group' regardless of how nebulous. I've generally found that the loud sideshow people are suffering from far worse things than whatever it is they believe is oppressing them.

They're the types that must be heard and will wholeheartedly adopt the first cause that listens to them. The feminist radical could just as easily have been an envoirnmental, political, religious or animal rights radical, it was simply luck that brought them to the cause they're championing today.

What's unfortunate is that the loons in any group obfuscate the legitimate issues of others in the group. Radicals have no place within any group that not only wants to be heard, but listened to. The feminists really need to do some housekeeping.

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Re: Not all feminist

That would be Dr. Magnenti, I think.

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Of course...

These filters will never be used improperly, will they...?

"mobile operator O2 has blocked a huge range of sites through its “Parental Controls” settings. If their parents have chosen this option, children using O2 phones will be unable to access almost all of the internet: police websites, the NHS, ChildLine, the NSPCC, the Samaritans, many schools and even the main government website, GOV.UK.[...] And sites like ChildLine and the Samaritans are there precisely to provide support to children in crisis who may have nowhere else to turn. [...] Children can have burgers marketed to them but they can’t get help if they’re being neglected or abused."

http://adrianshort.org/2013/12/22/some-websites-should-be-unblockable/

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someone needs to take away his license to write computer programs

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Indeed - ban these sick filthy programmers - sounds suspiciously like paedogrammers to me.

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Wait, there's a license now? Boy am I in trouble!

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License to program

Last time I checked it didn't require a license. But that would be pretty fun, wouldn't it? Better not mess with me, iv'e got a license to.... PROGRAM!

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WTF?

@NomNomNom:

You should change your handle to "Poe's Law", as you are a testament to its pervasivity (and as spell check reminded me - perversity).

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Oh great

Now I have the choice of David Cameron or Eric Schmidt knowing my grot perusal habits.

Scilla and Charybdis.

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Why it wasn't called "Piss Off Cameron", I don't know.

Mine's the one that smells of urine.

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Allegedly, The TalkTalk filter records (temporarily) all URLs requested from both opted-in and opted-out Users

I see nothing wrong there /sarcasm

Reference: http://www.zdnet.com/expert-questions-talktalks-homesafe-service-3040092742/

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Well, that's just plain bollocks if you are talking to an HTTPS site. Unless TalkTalk have access to a trusted SSL root cert., in which case in short order it'll be revoked.

Friends don't let friends use HTTP - install HTTPS-Everyehere.

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"Unless TalkTalk have access to a trusted SSL root cert.,"

The french govt got away with it for a while....

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WTF

So it is a proxy server invoked when BT or whoever return a 'no porn for you' page.

How long will that last with everyone streaming 1080p porn through it? About 2 minutes but you can pay 2 quid a month to get 'super fast speeds'.

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Re: WTF

If the filter is DNS based, as I understand, then the the proxy only has to support domain resolution and everything else can go through the usual channel.

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> How long will that last with everyone streaming 1080p porn through it?

Well, depending on how they've done it, perhaps quite a long time... See the "Media Hint" plug-in for Firefox, it can handle the load of tens of thousands of europeans wanting access to all content available to US subscribers on sites like Hulu, Netflix and Youtube, because the content isn't streamed through the proxy server.

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"If the filter is DNS based,"

It's not. Most of the hard filtering is based on IP addresses.

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"Most of the hard filtering is based on IP addresses."

On that note, has anybody got any example sites which are *currently" being blocked by BT?

I got BT Infinity just days ago, and I did not see any proper option for opting out of parental control. Only one for configuring it (which implies enabling it). Cancelling the setup at that point seemed to be the only way around it. Internet is working, but whether the filter is now active or not, I have no way of telling. BT's FAQ also don't show the same pictures I am seeing in my account, most importantly there's no on/off toggle switch.

If anybody has got *any* sites/IPs which are guaranteed to be blocked at the moment, I'd be most grateful. Thanks!

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Doesn't bypass BT Parental Controls

Looks like goawaycameron site is categorised as a proxy by BT and blocked. Strange to me how people on one hand get excited by ISP making available parental controls as optional but then miss the obvious danger of users downloading some anonymous dude's proxy which does dear knows what ? Oh I know .. Let's start a conspiracy theory like all the others .. Maybe the workaround's team my not some grad in Singapore but is NSA ! What a crazy old world..

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Re: Doesn't bypass BT Parental Controls

What about the chrome app store?

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Re: Doesn't bypass BT Parental Controls

http://goawaycameron.co.uk/ should be Open Source and have the option to download a tar-ball with the source code. Do not trust this if it communicates with a unknown site or any site for that matter.

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Re: Doesn't bypass BT Parental Controls

Indeed, and it does open a massively huge gate for phishing!

In order to bypass the filter, the DNS requests have to be tunneled and answered by non-BT DNS servers. These plugins will have to handle this process. This won't be the last plugin of this kind, and it won't take long until malicious ones will appear.

So then you type hsbc.co.uk into your browser, the plugin returns an IP address to your browser, and the browser displays the site. It could be any site, including malware sites. They may look like HSBC's site. But all they do is gather your details. It's just an example. I'm counting days until something like that is going to be reported, probably here on El Reg.

Some of El Reg's readers may be well aware of this risk. The normal user, especially the average Daily Mail reader, certainly hasn't got a clue.

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Go away Cameron

Dont think the UK will have to wait much longer.

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Re: Go away Cameron

One party rule depends on the results of the Scottish referendum. The House of Commons would be dominated by the Conservatives if Scottish MPs were to be excluded.

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Will reduce online security

As unskilled consumers scramble to install some crap that their 'Mate' suggested or some google search suggested would circumvent the filter, they just open themselves up to all sorts of malware, virus, intentional man in the middle exploits, & other online nasties, all in the name of saving the children.

As the kids search for these circumventing strategies they risk coming into contact with the very people this measure is designed to safeguard them from, no doubt they'll be sharing all kinds of PII badies will use to exploit or hack them.

I hope I'm wrong.

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Re: Will reduce online security

I hope you're wrong, too.

A friend put his laptop online for just a short while through his phone (god knows how he figured out how to tether) just to get some printer drivers.

Cue me taking a good part of half an hour removing the half a dozen pieces of toolbar shite and other bags of shite that got installed during his attempt to simply getting a printer working because he wasn't paying attention during the installation processes (those bastards keep finding new ways to hide the 'FREE TOOLBAR' options from end users).

In a good way it means more work for those who make a living from fixing people's PCs, in a bad way it means computer hobbyists will spend more time being unpaid tech help to friends/family.

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I prefer traditional methods

Like finding my pron in the woods...

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