|Type of site||Anonymizing proxy|
|Owner||The Pirate Bay|
Ipredator is a virtual private networking service offered by The Pirate Bay with the stated goal of providing internet privacy. It is a response to the introduction of IPRED in Sweden, which will allow copyright holders and law enforcement officials to request personal information about copyright infringement suspects.
On 12 August 2009, the beta testing invitations were sent out to those who entered their email addresses into the beta signup form. Additionally, the homepage has changed to reflect the beta. The service uses the PPTP protocol (supported natively in XP, Vista, Windows 7, OS X and GNU/Linux through the use of PPTP-linux) to tunnel the connection through servers (vpn.ipredator.se which resolves to multiple IP addresses) located in Sweden.
On September 14, 2009, Ipredator "The Second Batch" became available for public consumption.
On November 28, 2009, Ipredator became publicly available and exited the beta stage. This was done to counteract FRA, which started listening to internet traffic over the Swedish borders on December 1. To reflect this, The Pirate Bay changed their logo on December 1, 2009, to an image from the game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! depicting FRA as the opponent Glass Joe, which is a legendary easy opponent from the game. The image linked to Ipredator.se with the message "FRA vs Ipredator - It's on!"
As of September 2012, the service costs SEK150 (about $22 or €17) for three months. The site accepts PayPal payments as well as credit card payments via PaySon and AlertPay systems, and Bitcoin, on request.
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