KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy blocked in the UK

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 24, 2013
Updated • Jan 30, 2015

It appears that media rights groups are still convinced that blocking sites or terminating accounts is the way to go in regards to the thriving P2P scene on today's Internet.

It all started with the blocking of the torrent indexing site The Piratebay last year in the UK. The move backfired heavily though, not only did traffic to the site increase, likely due to increased media coverage, but it also saw the creation of so-called proxy websites that enabled users from the UK to bypass the block and access the site like before.

News broke this week that three additional torrent indexing sites, KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy, are no longer reachable for customers of major UK Internet Service Providers BT, Virgin Media, O2 or Be There.

Users from the UK who try to access the sites in question will receive information that the pages have been blocked. The message is different depending on which provider is being used, but all state that the providers comply with the law to block those sites.

As usual, there are several ways to bypass the block and access those sites. I think it is interesting to note that the blocking prevents the sites in question from informing UK citizens about their point of view on the whole issue as those affected cannot access the information posted on those sites.

So what works to bypass the block?

There are probably hundreds of options out there to access those sites. Some may go down in the coming weeks or months while others, like the Tor Network, Opera or VPNs won't.

The blocking continues and more and more sites do get blocked in the UK or other countries, often without the proper legal way or giving admins or owners of blocked sites an option to express their point of view on the matter or postpone the blocking until a decision has been made in court.

The options listed above do work quite well for all of those situations though.

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Three new torrent websites, Kickass Torrents, Fenopy and H33T were added to the blocklist that all major UK Internet providers maintain.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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