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Google blocks Pirate Bay

By Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2016

Google's Safe Browsing service has decided The Pirate Bay is a phishing site.

The Safe Browsing service tries to rate the web and provides a feed of sites Google's security team thinks deserve to be shunned. Other browser-makers use the service's feed to rate sites, so Google's assessment means those trying to reach thepiratebay.se will need to reject warnings about possible phishing.

There's no sign that Google's decision is a conscious effort to restrict access to pirated content. The Reg suggests advertisers content to use The Pirate Bay may not always be entirely ethical and that malvertising is therefore a likely source of the phishing. Either that or phishers are using the Pirate domain in their emails. ®

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