The Pirate Bay moves to counter Swedish wiretapping law

The Pirate Bay is adding encryption to its Web site in order to counter a new Swedish law that allows wiretapping of Internet and phone traffic.

The Pirate Bay is adding encryption to its Web site in order to counter a new Swedish law that allows wiretapping of Internet and phone traffic.

The Pirate Bay is one of the most widely used BitTorrent trackers for music, movies and software.

"Many people have asked me what we're planning to do, and the answer is 'A lot!'" spokesman and co-founder Peter Sunde wrote in his blog. "This week we're going to add SSL [secure sockets layer] to The Pirate Bay".

He also has a message for international ISPs (Internet service providers): "We want Sweden to be banned from the Internet. The ISPs need to block Sweden in order to protect their own customers' integrity since everything they do on Swedish ISPs' networks will be logged and searched."

The Pirate Bay will also help establish a Web site about how to use encryption in order to protect both hard drives and net traffic against wiretapping, according to Sunde.

The Swedish parliament voted on June 18 to approve a law that will make it possible for the FRA (Swedish Defense Radio Establishment), a civilian organization that falls under the Ministry of Defense, to listen in on all wired traffic that crosses Swedish borders, to protect against what has been dubbed "external threats."

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