Pirate Bay Founder’s ‘Njalla’ Offers Anonymous Domain Registration for Bitcoin

Pirate Bay Founder's 'Njalla' Offers Anonymous Domain Registration for Bitcoin

Privacy

Just recently the founder of the notorious torrent website the Pirate Bay launched a new privacy-centric domain registration service called ‘Njalla.’ This type of service has become a hot commodity lately as domain names are hard to obtain without providing identity details to the registrar.

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Njalla a Domain Registration Service That Keeps Out ‘Unwanted Guests’

The founder of the Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, is a big believer in privacy and has recently launched his anonymous domain registration service called Njalla for businesses. The word ‘Njalla’ is a classic Sámi phrase describing the method of keeping out ‘unwanted guests’ and is often used by the indigenous natives inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi.

Anonymous domain names are hard to come by, as most everyone typically has to provide personal information to the registrar, and even with Whoisguard masking techniques, individuals and governments can still find out the domain owner’s identity.   

Pirate Bay Founder's 'Njalla' Offers Anonymous Domain Registration for Bitcoin
The company accepts payments in bitcoin, litecoin, monero, and dash for Njalla’s managed anonymous DNS for businesses.

“Njalla is needed because we’re going the wrong way in society regarding people’s right to be anonymous. With social media pressuring us to be less anonymous and services being centralized, we need alternatives,” Sunde explained to Torrentfreak this past April.

‘A Straw Person That Takes the Blame for Your Expressions’

In essence, Njalla customers allow the company to purchase the domain for them which does add a layer of centralization to the process. “Think of us as your friendly drunk (but responsibly so) straw person that takes the blame for your expressions,” explains Njalla.

“When you buy a domain in our system, we’re actually purchasing it for ourselves. We will be the actual owners of the domain, it’s not an ownership by proxy as found with all other providers. However, you will still have the full control over the domain name. You can either use our information, our nameservers or you can go with your custom data.”

Pirate Bay Founder's 'Njalla' Offers Anonymous Domain Registration for Bitcoin
The co-founder of the Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde.

Njalla’s Team has a Long History of Being Committed Internet Activists Who Understand the Issues of Anonymity

Njalla also explains that the development team is made up of “committed internet activists” that have backgrounds with projects like the Pirate Bay, Flattr, and i-Predator VPN. With the new anonymous domain operation, the team says they are not strangers to keeping online data private, stating;   

We’ve got a long history and serious understanding of the issues of anonymity on the internets.

Sunde was who was convicted of copyright violations in 2009, explained he isn’t afraid of those who choose to host piracy websites through the Njalla business. The matter relates to the content and not the domain names, which essentially does not implicate the company, Sunde reveals. His defense concept is very similar to how the Pirate Bay defends itself from governments and the court system. In addition to a managed DNS and support the company also accepts payments via bitcoin, litecoin, monero, and dash. The company’s headquarters is located in the Caribbean islands as Njalla is a 1337 LLC business based out of Nevis.  

What do you think about the Njalla concept? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


Images via the Njalla website, and Softpedia.


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