Is Hulu hacked? Or is it my Mac browser?

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Problem :

Do you know why I’m directed to a url on when I try to play Jon Stewart on

I can’t figure out if my Mac has a virus, or if it’s something on my Chrome browser, or if there’s an issue with Hulu.

This is the url I’m sent to:,vepisode,1,0

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Solution :

You, nor Hulu have been hacked. is a proxy that has been set up by the Piratenpartij, the dutch branch of the Pirate Party (of Pirate Bay fame.) This proxy has been set up in defiance of a local ruling to block access to the Pirate Bay website and also to allow dutch internet users to access content that has been blocked from them based on their geographical location, such as Hulu which is only available to the US. Source: (in dutch) “Piratepartij cannot be forced to bring generic proxy offline”.

So the site’s not malicious but the question remains why you have landed on a page that redirects links to the dutch proxy. Could it be that you’ve searched for something on the internet, or followed a link meant for non-US users, and landed on the proxied Hulu site ?

Have you checked to see if you’re not a continuing victim of the DNS worm that was going around?! The FBI just recently stopped DNS changer services on July 9, 2012 so hopefully that’s not the reason. (For more, here’s a link to read: )

If you’re sure that’s not the reason then you might want to adjust your router and browser’s DNS service to someone like OpenDNS ( assuming you’re on your own account and not in a dorm setting or connected to free WiFi or something.

But most of all you may want to check your browsers settings. For example, you may want to adjust your browsers ability to resolve web addresses using a web service, predicting network actions, or using a prediction service and disable them. These are advanced settings in Chrome just in case you’re wondering. But there are similar settings like that in most of the other major browsers too. These things may be more convenient but they are not without risk. So I suggest turning them off.

I just fixed the issue on my end. I just deleted all personal data. cookies, cache and downloaded items. Try this and report back.

Do you happen do you use the ad-block extension or TOR?

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