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Why blocking by country is actually a good idea
« on: May 14, 2018, 05:13:54 PM »
I've noticed that in the distant past this topic was mentioned briefly but it did not gain any traction. The poor argumentation to NOT have an IP blocker by country seems more like one that would be used by some folks related to authorities. The argument against such filter was "Well, the authorities/etc. can buy a server from a remote country and after they have collected their logs they can delete the server and move to another one i.e. with a new (range of) IP(s)."
That is a rubbish argument that actually helps the authorities against P2P users. In reality the authorities actually can't just use remote servers from other countries. Let's assume they do. In court the authorities from country A will show evidence of logs etc. of the accused his IP from country B logging to the IP of country A authorities in country C. So, you think the authorities can use evidence that is collected with a PC in a jurisdiction that is different than its own? NO. The authorities of country A can't come up with an argument like "We got evidence that our citizen connected to our servers in Country C downloading non-kosher stuff." So country A did spying in country C. They can not get away with that. In many countries, if someone wants to investigate something in another jurisdiction, there needs to be legal permission. Or countries have to work together and allow the sharing of information.

To keep it brief. Being able to block by countries is a very good layer of protection. It would be wise to block countries which are known (i.e. from the media) that work together. I don't want to give specific names, but with some common sense people can be way more safer.

I wrote all of this to get a discussion going on something that was shoved away in the past way too easily and in such a way that it made my very suspicious.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2018, 05:15:30 PM by DonGiovanni »


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Re: Why blocking by country is actually a good idea
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 01:49:09 AM »
qBitTorrent can accept long ip range blocklists, although there may be bugs with that if the list is extremely long and/or has overlapping ranges inside of it.
It takes effort to compile a list of all of a country's ip ranges.
Country flags icons shown in qBitTorrent are often wrong, especially as new ip ranges are added.
Reverse DNS lookups are also sometimes incorrect.
Can you trust those who are making the ip range lists?

To make an auto-updating repository of ip ranges of a country that qBitTorrent can use is a non-trivial amount of work and non-free as well...there are a lot of countries in the world!


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Re: Why blocking by country is actually a good idea
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 12:00:27 AM »
Im against it, but I can understand why someone would like to have it :P.
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