To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the infamous torrent sharing website, The Pirate Bay, released a web browser that allows users to access blocked websites. That browser has now been downloaded more than 100,000 in just three days.
According to TorrentFreak, it took The Pirate Bay admins by surprise. They were expecting some popularity but didn’t expect to see this many downloads. In addition to this, more than 5,000 users are sharing the official torrent file.
In an interview with TorrentFreak, The Pirate Bay’s admin Winston said:
“I didn’t think it would catch on so fast, I guess people want to see the websites their governments and courts are trying to hide from them.”
The PirateBrowser is based on Firefox 23 with a Tor network software to “circumvent the censorship imposed on Internet users by certain governments,” but The Pirate Bay Team reminds us that the browser doesn’t offer anonymity “and is meant only to circumvent censorship.”
“It’s not providing anonymity and it’s not secure to hide your identity. PirateBrowser is only supposed to circumvent censoring and website blocking. If we made the browser fully anonymous it would only slow down browsing,” Winston told TorrentFreak.
Currently, only Windows version of the application is available with Mac and Linux versions in the works. In addition to the anti-block browser, they are working on a BitTorrent powered application which will let end users store “The Pirate Bay and other websites on their own computers”