Popular torrent site is back online but short on staff
The Pirate Bay may ultimately prove an unsinkable torrent site. There have been repeated attempts to remove TPB from the web, and after Swedish authorities raided the site's servers and electronics equipment nearly two months ago, some wondered if it would ever return to form. Well, wonder no more -- TPB is back online, though not before a mutiny broke out among staff members.
Signs point to The Pirate Bay setting sail once again
After being raided by Swedish authorities and ultimately shut down, it always seemed like a foregone conclusion that The Pirate Bay (TPB) would return to form, it was just a matter of when. After all, this isn't the first time the BitTorrent site has navigated rocky waters and seemingly been sunk for good, only to come back like Davy Jones. And so it goes again, there are plenty of signs that TPB will return to action in another 10 days.
Admins of the recently raided torrent site The Pirate Bay speak out
Swedish authorities took down The Pirate Bay (TPB), once considered the most popular torrent site on the planet, following a raid in which police seized computers, servers, and various other electronic equipment. While TPB co-founder Peter Sunde had some scathing remarks to share about the site and its crew, the current admins had remained silent following the raid, until now.
TPB co-founder was right: people no longer care about site
The recent shuttering of The Pirate Bay (TPB), which followed a police raid on a Stockholm, Sweden-based datacenter belonging to the popular torrent site, has had almost no effect on peer-to-peer file sharing, the latest data from German anti-piracy firm Excipio has revealed. Although there was a slight blip in torrenting activity in the two days immediately following the shutdown, it did not take too long for things to get back to normal.
TPB co-founder Peter Sunde hopes the torrent site stays offline
The most popular torrent site on the Internet has been taken down after Swedish police raided The Pirate Bay (TBP) in Stockholm. They seized servers, computers, and various other equipment, taking action against the site after receiving a complaint from the Rights Alliance, a former anti-piracy bureau. Adding a twist to the plot, TBP co-founder Peter Sunde wants the site to stay down.
Pirate Browser is an enhanced portable version of Firefox
The Pirate Bay is fighting against censorship while celebrating its 10th anniversary by releasing a browser. That's right, the "Pirate Browser," by way of the infamous BitTorrent site, is a combination of Firefox 23, the Tor client, and special proxy configurations as well as bookmarks.
Demonoid, one of the Web's largest torrent tracking sites and one of the most popular online destinations overall, has been snuffed out by Ukrainian officials. Demonoid's destruction doesn't come as a complete surprise following a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that knocked the site to the mat last month. Fans of the site hoped it was just a temporary blip and that it would be back up and running before long, but it doesn't appear that's going to happen.
When an Ubisoft dev blamed piracy for the lack of an "I Am Alive" PC port towards the end of last year, he touched a nerve with a lot of desktop gamers -- at least if the heated comments left on the article are any indication. Now, the Jolly Roger flag-waving torrent crowd has helped Epic Games decide to put the kibosh on a Bulletstorm sequel, and not just for PC gamers.
Oh, those tricky Pirate Bay folks. The Teflon buccaneers have always managed to stay one step ahead of the law; for example, the site recently switched to the .SE domain to avoid a Megaupload-style takedown and three of its founding operators fled Sweden to avoid facing jail time and millions in fines. Now, a Pirate Bay user has released a zipped 90MB file containing the key components of every torrent hosted by the site. Basically, if Pirate Bay goes down, anyone with this file will be able to get it up and running again lickity split.
Robert De Niro's character in the movie Heat offered up some words of wisdom for those who operate in the criminal world. He said, "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner." BTJunkie, one of the largest torrent search engines in the world, might not have been doing anything illegal, but with all that's been happening lately, the site's founder thought it best to take De Niro's words to heart and voluntarily shut down for good.