The Pirate Bay plans to introduce encryption on its website to deal with a new Swedish law that permits the interception of internet and telephone traffic. The move is designed to protect file-sharers using the service, which is one of the most widely-used BitTorrent trackers for music, film and other forms of digital content.
“Earlier this week the Swedish stasi-government decided – against the peoples wishes – to wiretap all internet and telephone traffic in order to protect Sweden against threats. As you all know, being a neutral country makes Sweden a target for all the terrorists of the world, apparantly,” Pirate Bay spokesman and co-founder Peter Sunde wrote in his blog. “This week we’re going to add SSL to The Pirate Bay. We’re also going to help out making a website about easy encryption – both for your harddrives and your net traffic. As some people know, we’re running a system for VPN-tunnels already and we’re going to lower the price for that as well and open it up for international users as well.”
Sunde also appealed for help from ISPs: “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 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 the so-called driver of anti-democratic dialogue in the post-Bush/Blair age, “external threats.”