THE POPULAR Demonoid Bittorrent tracker website apparently is back after having been shut down in 2012.
The website was shut down in August 2012 by Ukrainian authorities following a difficult time during which a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack temporarily knocked it off the internet.
"Investigators have copied all the information from the servers [at] Demonoid and sealed them," said an anonymous source at hoster Colocall at the time.
"Some equipment was not seized, but now it does not work, and we were forced to terminate the agreement with the site."
News website Torrentfreak reported the shutdown, and there we read about its phoenix-like return.
Torrentfreak said that the URL http://inferno.demonoid.com:3396/announce is live again and is in the process of collating some 388,321 Bittorrent files from over one million peers.
"This means that Demonoid has instantly settled itself among the five largest Bittorrent trackers on the Internet," it added.
There is no comment from Demonoid yet, and Torrentfreak has linked the website to the old one because it shares the same domain name. It appears to be hosted in Sweden.
The old Demonoid was hosted in the Ukraine and was not shut down for breaking any laws there, we are given to understand.
Rather it was wiped from local servers during preparations for the country's deputy prime minister Valery Khoroshkovsky's first trip to the United States.
The old Demonoid "We are closed" webpage is still live and asking for Bitcoins. "Coming back soon, please check back later," it still says. "Thanks for your visit!!"
Responses to the relaunch are mostly sceptical. µ