Apparently, 'as a gift to the United States Government'.
The popular BitTorrent tracker currently hosted in Ukraine got busted by the country police.
This shutdown 'may have had an additional political purpose'...
That's right, the popular BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has reportedly been audited and closed down by the Ukrainian law enforcement agency.
The hosting service provider for the tracker, ColoCall, said the servers were sealed after all the data on them was copied and that, while they haven't been seized, they are not operational any more.
Now, apparently, the shutdown may have had an additional political purpose.ColoCall is the largest datacenter in Ukraine and a place that has been Demonoid’s home in recent years. But in the middle of last week, in the wake of the DDoS attack, government investigators arrived at ColoCall to shut Demonoid down.
“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.”
“Shortly after [the DDoS] a hacker break-in occurred, and a few days later came the investigators,” the source added.
Finally, while Demonoid's servers are in custody, the site's admin is not...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.
So, the devil may yet be back...?The ColoCall source would not say who is behind the site, only that its management is located in Mexico.
What do you think?
NEWS SOURCE #1: Demonoid busted as a gift to the United States government (via) TorrentFreak
NEWS SOURCE #2: Demonoid bittorrent tracker shut-down by Ukrainian police (via) TheVerge
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