The popular torrent tracker site, perhaps the world’s most popular torrent tracker, Demonoid has been shutdown permanently by Ukrainian authorities. The website was down for the last couple of weeks as a result of a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack and now it has been taken out completely, Torrent Freak reports.
“The nightmare week for Demonoid has just reached a huge crescendo, with news coming out of Ukraine that following a massive DDoS attack the site has now been busted by local authorities. Those looking for a U.S. connection to the raid won’t be disappointed – a source in the country’s Interior Ministry says that the action was scheduled to coincide with Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky’s trip to the United States.”
The Ukrainian authorities the traced the sites servers to the country’s largest data center ColoCall and promptly proceeded to shutdown all of the site’s servers. “Investigators have copied all the information from the servers Demonoid and sealed them,” an anonymous ColoCall source confirmed. “Some equipment was not seized, but now it does not work, and we were forced to terminate the agreement with the site.”
According to the ColoCall source, Torrent Freak reports that apart from the massive “DDoS attack”, the site was also broken in by hackers which was then followed by crackdown on its servers. ““Shortly after [the DDoS] a hacker break-in occurred, and a few days later came the investigators,”
Though the Demonoid servers are in lockdown, the authorities have not been able to trace the location of the sites admin yet. The only information ColoCall source has given Torrent Freak is that the sites management is located in Mexico.
The crackdown on the torrent tracker site, Demonoid is perhaps the largest such operation till date. This comes in the wake of a global crack down on various torrent and file sharing sites including the recent one by Russian authorities.
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