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Bittorrent tracker Demonoid is shut down

Ukrainian officials pull the plug
Tue Aug 07 2012, 15:09

BITTORRENT TRACKER Demonoid has been shut down by Ukrainian authorities following a DDoS attack that temporarily pushed it off the internet.

demonoidThe web site is now offline for good after government investigators turned up at Colocall, the datacentre where Demonoid was hosted, and pulled the plug.

"Investigators have copied all the information from the servers Demonoid and sealed them," an anonymous Colocall source confirmed to Torrentfreak.

"Some equipment was not seized, but now it does not work, and we were forced to terminate the agreement with the site."

It is thought that the DDoS attack was also succeeded by an additional exploit.

"Shortly after [the DDoS attack], a hacker break-in occurred, and a few days later came the investigators," the source added.

It is unknown whether the shutdown was linked to the DDoS or hacker attack.

Demonoid did not violate any Ukranian law, despite the fact that its servers were based in the country's largest datacentre. It blocked all Ukranian IP addresses to avoid upsetting the locals, but despite this it still attracted the attention of the authorities there.

This, according to a source in Ukranian government, was due to the US trying to enforce its regulations outside its boundaries. Ukraine had previously promised the US that it would take a stronger stance against copyright infringement.

According to Russian newspaper Kommersant, a source inside the country's Interior Ministry said the raid on Demonoid was timed to coincide with the country's deputy prime minister Valery Khoroshkovsky's first trip to the United States. Definitely not just a coincidence.

However, despite the removal of Demoniod's servers, the web site's administrator, said to be based somewhere in Mexico, is still going strong, so we could see a resurrection of the bittorrent tracker before too long. µ


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