News for August 2012

Demonoid shut down =( Ukranians…

File Sharing Site Demonoid Shut Down by Ukrainian Officials

Demonoid, a widely popular torrent sharing site, has been shut down by local authorities in Ukraine. According to Torrent Freak, users were first unable to access the site after a massive hacker attack. Later, users were notified that authorities had raided the data center and quickly sealed off all the servers.

The crackdown on torrent sharing sites has been a global initiative, particularly headed and pushed by the United States. The BBC notes that Demonoid.com, which often hosted rarer files for sharing and downloading, was one of the top 300 sites in global web traffic and has always been included on officials’ lists as a threatening site. It made a list of demonized torrent sharing sites, such as Megaupload and the Pirate Bay, which were both shut down in recent years after United States officials pushed for a crackdown on such sites.

The raid on the data center was undertaken by Ukraine’s Division of Economic Crimes after Interpol requested that it should be further investigated for issues of international copyright infringement. Although a main administrator for Demonoid was arrested last October in light of his work with the site, it might still be possible for the site to come back into action. These sites often have a number of spare servers which make restoring the site’s operations quite quick.

One source told Torrent Freak about the progression of events in the last two weeks:

There were suspicions that the site may have been subjected to some kind of exploit or hack in addition to the DDoS. That version of events is now confirmed by the ColoCall source.

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

Overall, while many of these famous and large file sharing sites have been threatened in recent years by an international crackdown on copyright infringement, it has not actually slowed down file sharing overall. PC Magazine notes that the site actually followed Ukrainian laws by blocking all local IP addresses but allowed residents from around the world to use its services.

Some commentators have noted that the complete shut down of Demonoid was concisely timed with a visit by Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky’s to the United States. The visit will entail discussing issues of copyright infringement on the international level, according to Torrent Freak. The sudden choice by Ukrainian officials to shut down a site that broke no national laws suggests that Ukraine wants to get behind the United States’ stance on file sharing.

Disruption in Demonoid.com’s server started back on July 26 but the final announcement of the total shutdown of the site did not come about until this week.

DDOS Attacks use Botnets, last time a DDOS attack was used on Demonoid it was traced to a Indian company in the Employ of RIAA, Botnets Destroy Innocent people computer infects them with a Virus that often dose permanent Damage to hardware! Of people that never did p2p or anything illegal. It steals Bandwith from every one. Demonoid was hit with a massive DDOS ATTACK thats at least half a Million PCs infected with back doors and used as Zombies! Inercent people who just think they need a New PC, who wonder why the sons new Labtops slow or crashed!

Yet no ones Arresting or looking into Riaa activitys! Yet they Damaged at least 500,000 Random PCs!
So much for every one being treated equally under the law!

THOMAS JEFFERSON
“The end of democracy and defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of the lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.”

So I would say this is BAD!

Posted: August 8th, 2012
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Demonoid busted…

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.

Last week thousands of Demonoid users feared the worst when their beloved site disappeared from the Internet. Many thought that the site had been busted, but were eventually relieved to hear that it was ‘only’ a massive DDoS attack.

But today the roller-coaster ride plummeted to new depths, with confirmation coming out of Ukraine that the DDoS was just the beginning – the site has been busted by the authorities.

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.”

As reported on TorrentFreak following our discussions with Demonoid’s admin last week, there were suspicions that the site may have been subjected to some kind of exploit or hack in addition to the DDoS. That version of events is now confirmed by the ColoCall source.

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

But aside from the busting of the site, which is the biggest BitTorrent-related raid in recent memory and one that has taken out the world’s largest torrent site/tracker combo, there is a rather large international sting in the tail.

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.

But while Demonoid’s servers are in custody, the site’s admin does not appear to be. The ColoCall source would not say who is behind the site, only that its management is located in Mexico. The devil may yet be back….

TorrentFreak contacted the Demonoid admin for a comment but we have yet to hear back

Posted: August 6th, 2012
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