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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Demonoid torrent site shut down by authorities

Demonoid torrent site shut down by authorities

Authorities in Ukraine have taken down, considered one of the biggest torrent file-sharing sites in the world.

Demonoid was recently listed on The Notorious Markets List - a US government document marking the web services that "merit further investigation for possible intellectual property rights infringements".

Also on the list was The Pirate Bay, the filesharing site recently blocked by UK internet service providers, and Megaupload, which was closed down by US authorities earlier in the year and charged with mass copyright piracy.

In the document, Demonoid was described as being "recently ranked among the top 600 websites in global traffic and the top 300 in US traffic".

The Ukrainian ministry of Internal Affairs sanctioned the raid on the data centre that was hosting the site services last week.

Users were said to have become first aware of the action on July 26 when attempts to access Demonoid were met with a "server busy" message.

The action is being viewed as significant as it took place outside the US and western Europe. Many services accused of copyright piracy locate their servers in Eastern Europe or Russia in order to avoid the attention of authorities.

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