Torrent Tracker Demonoid Goes Down for the Count

Paul Lilly

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.

According to a translated page on Kommersant , Ukraine investigators made their way to ColoCall, the country's largest data center and home to Demonoid, and shut it down. The general consensus is that Demonoid went to some length to stay within Ukraine law, but fell into trouble when the U.S. got involved.

Those responsible for running the site are still at large and believed to be in Mexico. What's more, Kommersant said it wouldn't be too much trouble for the site's admins to restore operations using a different set of servers, but they're reluctant to do so "because of the heightened world's fight against piracy."

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