09 Aug 2012

BitTorrent Tracker Demonoid Raided and Shut Down

Demonoid, one of the largest torrent trackers, was raided by Ukraine authorities in an effort to shut down the data center hosting the website. This event is part of the operation in which several European Internet Service Providers were asked to block access to torrent trackers.

Demonoid was listed on the US government’s The Notorious Markets List, alongside names such as ThePirateBay, as websites that can “be used to transfer allegedly infringing material, by directing users to peers who share the infringing content.”

Local internet service provider Colocall collaborated with authorities and allowed data to be copied from Demonoid’s servers before shutting down the website. In response to these events, Anonymous launched “#OpDemonoid” aiming to restore the tracker and find those responsible for its demise.

According to the hacktivist organization, #OpDemonoid seeks to:

“1. Restore Demonoid services by any means necessary and, if possible, facilitate a series of mirror sites operated by free Anons everywhere. In essence, open source Demonoid.

2. Retaliate against those responsible for the interruption. And Lulz.”

Torrentfreak editor Ernesto Van Der Sar told the BBC that closing Demonoid will not stop users from sharing files, because popular content is mostly available through other torrent trackers. Anonymous protests Demonoid’s takedown, claiming that “a future without public trackers is a bleak one.”