Windows Live Messenger or mass censor? No TPB links in chat

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2012 - 02:21 AM |
Tagged: MSN Messenger, censorship

Microsoft disables linking The Pirate Bay through Windows Live Messenger and third-party applications using the protocol. 

A few years ago, one common attack vector for malware was to hijack messenger clients and send malware links to users on your friends list. Later malware was programmed aggressively enough to hold simple conversation as they attempted to gain the user’s trust.

At some point, Microsoft decided to block links to known attack sites in an attempt to prevent users from lemming their computer.

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You're dead linked to me...

Recently Microsoft has decided to add the current URL of The Pirate Bay to their block list. Microsoft has not made an announcement whether their employee, a third party company, or a computer algorithm censored The Pirate Bay. Microsoft has accidentally blocked links to Youtube in 2008 due to a mistake caused by one of their third party partners.

Since The Pirate Bay was the only torrent tracker to be blocked by MSN, it is entirely possible that an infected ad link could have automatically added the site to the block list. Google maintains a similar blacklist to be used in their Chrome browser and their search page.

So what do you guys think? Accidental or deliberate? Internal, External, or Automatic?


March 26, 2012 | 03:37 AM - Posted by Mangix

deliberate. all the big corporations hate TPB for some reason. I'm thinking the fact that you could download Windows .iso files cut into Microsoft's MSDN sales...

March 26, 2012 | 03:48 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Who do you think added them to the blacklist?

March 26, 2012 | 04:09 AM - Posted by Mangix

probably someone from Hollywood. this thing reminds me of what happened with Vista where Microsoft demanded HDCP compliance in order to view DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. the whole thing about it being really bad DRM was overblown but it still remains. hard to hack the DVD Navigator path in Windows 8 now!

March 26, 2012 | 05:08 AM - Posted by Zicoz (not verified)

It's just the domain that's blocked, you can still share their magnet links, so I don't really see the problem.

March 26, 2012 | 03:15 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

It's problematic if you're sending the link for some other reason than sharing a file.

March 26, 2012 | 08:39 AM - Posted by Bearded Frog (not verified)

you cant even type its not overly suprising.

March 26, 2012 | 01:26 PM - Posted by billgatez (not verified)

I stopped using Windows Live Messenger years ago.
But it's easy to get past this by removing the .com, .org. And telling the user to add it.

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