Update: Just hours later i can access the website via TOR. Nice that they reacted that fast. Or maybe not all TOR exit-nodes suffer from this message?
Update 2 (Wednesday): Something doesn’t seem to be so right, more people are complaining about the same problem on various websites so that i started an analysis if there’s something wrong with the Tor-system itself.
Update 3 (Friday): I finished my analysis and I’m not so sure anymore what’s really going on: A formal excuse to the people of the Linux Magazine, ideas about how to proceed.
This morning a friend of mine sent me a link to an article at the Linux Magazine; i pasted the link into my Firefox’s URL-field, pressed on go… and i got redirected to a very strange URL, “
http://www.linux-magazine.com/frame.aspx?\“. (backspaces mine)
(click to see full picture, stupid theme clips pictures at 480px)
That made me suspicious, maybe there’s a typo in the URL? Checked, asked my friend, she said “no, the URL is correct” – other people also said that they don’t have any problems. Then I remembered that i was using the TOR-network. I told Firefox not to use TOR, called up the same site, and…
I’d like to point out their article named “TOR and Privoxy: Protect your Privacy by covering your IP-address”. Obviously there seems to be a disagreement between the editor of the Linux Magazine and the webmaster of Linux New Media about what’s appropriate content and who’s considered to be a good client and who’s not. Good clients do not need to hide themselves! People who try to protect their privacy can only be evildoers! Obey!
The URL gives a hint: “
SUSPECTED+UNDESIRABLE+BOT“. “Suspected” comes from “suspicious”. “Undesirable”. “Bot”? Not me.
Disappointing. Maybe someone just tried out a new blacklist-feature and didn’t really bother about the implications. Considering that TOR is one of the very few alternatives for certain people living in oppressive countries to access the interweb freely, the Linux Magazines gives a very bad example for the rest of the web.
Filed under rants. I’m disappointed.