It’s been a pretty eventful year for torrent sites. They shut down megaupload, the Swedish courts upheld the prison sentences of the Pirate Bay founders, BTJunkie closed voluntarily, and now Demonoid is down. The Pirate Bay, along with most sites, also switched from torrent files to magnet links, which are significantly harder to track or disable by law enforcement:
Feb 29 – “TPB will no longer give out links to .torrent files. The reason is simple: They’re just a waste of space and our time,” the blog post read. “Instead we’re giving you Magnet links. It’s simpler for us and no more hassle for you. It’s more resilient than .torrent files and it uses much less bandwidth for those who wants to mirror. Also, since the magnet links are just a hash, it’s on every single torrent detail page – so no one knows that you actually downloaded a file or not.”
Another major reason for the change, according to TBP is the fact it’s virtually impossible to block the magnet links without blocking the data contained within the webpage, making it harder to prevent access to the files.
The switch means the site consumes a fraction of the resources it previously required, and could even run off a decent home connection now, the TPB team stated. Link
“After a prolonged outage that lasted for nearly a week Demonoid has reportedly been audited and closed down by the Ukrainian law enforcement agency. According to reports the Ukrainian anti-cybercrime police division carried out an investigation of ColoCall – the hosting service provider for Demonoid. Servers were sealed after all the data on the servers was copied. According to ColoCall the servers haven’t been seized but, they are not operational any more. The hosting service provider is going to end the agreement with Demonoid. ‘Investigators have copied all the information from the Demonoid servers and sealed them.’ a manager from ColoCall, wishing to stay anonymous, said.”
Despite general opinion that Demonoid did not contravene Ukranian law, especially since it blocked all Ukranian IP addresses to avoid upsetting the locals, the site still attracted the attention of the authorities there. That, according to a source in the country’s government, is all down to the United States getting involved.
A source inside the Interior Ministry has informed Kommersant that the raid on Demonoid was timed to coincide with the very first trip of Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky‘s trip to the United States. On the agenda: copyright infringement.
Ukraine had promised the United States that it would improve its attitude and efforts towards enforcing copyright and no doubt its Western partner will be very pleased indeed that Demonoid’s head has been presented on a platter.