IPredator

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IPredator
IPREDator logo.gif
Type of site
Virtual private network service
Successor(s)Njalla[1]
Founder(s)Peter Sunde[2]
URLwww.ipredator.se
LaunchedSeptember 14, 2009; 12 years ago (2009-09-14)[citation needed]

IPredator was a VPN service offered with the stated goal of providing internet privacy.[3] It was co-founded by Peter Sunde,[2][4] as 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.[5]

History[edit]

On 12 August 2009, 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 initially only used PPTP (supported natively in XP, Vista, Windows 7, OS X and 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.[clarification needed]

On November 28, 2009, IPredator became publicly available and exited the beta stage. This was done in response to the FRA law coming into effect on December 1st, a law which would allow the FRA to intercept internet communications crossing the Swedish border. In concert, The Pirate Bay changed its logo on December 1, 2009, to an image depicting FRA as Glass Joe, the first and weakest opponent from the video game Punch-Out!!. The image linked to IPredator's website with the message "FRA vs IPredator - It's on!"

OpenVPN support was added in August 2012.[6]

In July 2013, PayPal stopped providing payment services to IPredator. In addition, all the organization's funds had been frozen for up to 180 days.[7] The account was reinstated the next month. Conversely paysafecard, to which many customers had switched while PayPal was inavailable, canceled support for iPredator.[8]

In October 2020, IPredator was merged into Njalla, a privacy-focused domain name and hosting service also founded by Sunde.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "IPredator is moving to Njalla". Njalla Blog. 30 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Pirate Bay's IPREDator not a place to hide".
  3. ^ Horton, Michael, Meet IPredator - Secure Anonymous VPN from Pirate Bay, Tech Fragments, archived from the original on 2009-04-30, retrieved 2009-03-27
  4. ^ "PayPal Cuts off "Pirate Bay" VPN iPredator, Freezes Assets * TorrentFreak".
  5. ^ Cheng, Jacqui (2009-03-26), The Pirate Bay to roll out secure €5 per month VPN service, Ars Technica, retrieved 2012-01-28
  6. ^ snafu (31 August 2012). "Good NEWS everyone!". IPredator Blog. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014.
  7. ^ Andre Yoskowitz (24 July 2013). "PayPal shuts off VPN iPredator, freezes assets". AfterDawn. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  8. ^ "PayPal working again, PaySafeCard support canceled". IPredator Blog. 26 August 2013. Archived from the original on 16 August 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2013.

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