Criminal investigation building against Demonoid in Mexico

Following this week's news that Demonoid was shut down by Ukrainian government authorities, it has come to light that the file-sharing website's owners are now under investigation by Mexican authorities, reports TorrentFreak.

Commercial Director Peter Vlasenko of ColoCall, the ISP company that hosted Demonoid, has confirmed that his company had warned Demonoid on multiple occasions that complaints were being made against it. He also warned Demonoid's administration that such issues could eventually lead to ColoCall terminating its relationship with Demonoid, which is what happened last week following the DDoS attacks and subsequent raid on the Demonoid servers at ColoCall.

Now, it has been revealed that the raid by Ukraine's government was prompted by a request from Interpol. "The Division of Economic Crimes [DEC] received an international request from Interpol to send a request to the company ColoCall. DEC sent the request to the provider, after which the ISP decided to stop working with Demonoid," said Sergei Burlakov of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. (Russian-language website.)

“In Mexico, a criminal case against the owners of Demonoid has been initiated and the tracker is charged with intellectual property rights violations,” Burlakov confirmed.

According to TorrentFreak, last October Mexican authorities raided a Demonoid staff member in Monterrey, the capital city of Nuevo León, a north-eastern Mexican state. After this raid, access to the bittorrent index and tracker was blocked in Mexico. Further details on the Mexican investigation, and whether or not the case is focused on the one staff member is currently unclear.

Source: TorrentFreak

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I still think the DDOS was a flat out lie and I'm not surprised in the least
that this story continues to evolve.. And of course the commenters
keep changing their replies too.. Look at the course of events, see what was said
and when by the owner, if this news is true is just goes to show the guys has been lying
and playing games with the public all along.. And before this story the owner said he would be back up soon but if your machines were taken in a raid how the hell can he claim that ?
The owner is a lier and i don't trust a word that comes out of his mouth !
He should have come clean from the beginning !

For all the people saying "WTH Mexico you have more important problems to fix...". This is just a move to please USA and allow the country into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). That's the same reason why the outgoing president signed SOPA, even if he didn't have congress approval as the law dictates.

Co kid share these easy ways .. examples please and not places that you need invites on ones you pay for like usenet ...

share this information with the masses

indy said,
Co kid share these easy ways .. examples please and not places that you need invites on ones you pay for like usenet ...

share this information with the masses

Haa, are you trying to get him banned?
Discussing such things on Neowin
Can sometimes result in warn
Plus ban.
Plus other things. Just a suggestion.

Mexico is going after intellectual property criminals? Glad their priorities are straight. I missed the headline a while back about how Mexico had put a stop to their murderous drug cartels once and for all.

jorel009 said,
they take demonoid out......but have done nothing to get rid of the zeta and other drug cartels......wow.

Ummm cause nerds don't fire back with heavy artillery...the drug cartels have more guns than the police...just easier...makes better news taking down someone than reporting losing to the cartels again...

Way to go to the Mexican authorities. It's ridiculous they can move in on Demonoid in such a concerted and decisive fashion while TPB continues to operate in Europe under the nose of the Swedish government for years.

Some things never change...

There's also some users whom are in a panic over the authorities having access to Demonoid's servers and IP addresses of file sharers and whatnot.

Find it funny that the Mexican Government is raiding demonoid, when in the cities there are well know public places where you can find any pirated movie you want, and all kind of bootleg materials.

I am going to a Metallica show tomorrow in Mexico City, and I'm sure that right in front of the arena I'll be able to buy "the whole discography" for 4 USD, bootleg t-shirts, etc, like any other concert that I have attended there. Authority just plays blind to these people, but now they want to stand up and fight demonoid? They should first fix things in house.

Well at least it is better to find this people doing this kind of felonies that are relatively harmless, than falling into other kinds of criminal activities far more harmful to the population.

Cask1 said,
Find it funny that the Mexican Government is raiding demonoid, when in the cities there are well know public places where you can find any pirated movie you want, and all kind of bootleg materials.

I am going to a Metallica show tomorrow in Mexico City, and I'm sure that right in front of the arena I'll be able to buy "the whole discography" for 4 USD, bootleg t-shirts, etc, like any other concert that I have attended there. Authority just plays blind to these people, but now they want to stand up and fight demonoid? They should first fix things in house.

Well at least it is better to find this people doing this kind of felonies that are relatively harmless, than falling into other kinds of criminal activities far more harmful to the population.

Exactly what i was thinking. If there are areas like Tepito, Lagunilla, Chopo and an extremely long etc then why do this? Unless is outside pressure...

Cask1 said,
Find it funny that the Mexican Government is raiding demonoid, when in the cities there are well know public places where you can find any pirated movie you want, and all kind of bootleg materials.

I am going to a Metallica show tomorrow in Mexico City, and I'm sure that right in front of the arena I'll be able to buy "the whole discography" for 4 USD, bootleg t-shirts, etc, like any other concert that I have attended there. Authority just plays blind to these people, but now they want to stand up and fight demonoid? They should first fix things in house.

Well at least it is better to find this people doing this kind of felonies that are relatively harmless, than falling into other kinds of criminal activities far more harmful to the population.


Your example just shows that Mexican are easier to bribe. See, it's not a question of the content being abused, it's a question of showing the "people of internet" their corporate paycheck dicks.

Victor V. said,

Your example just shows that Mexican are easier to bribe.

Your example just shows that the *Mexican government and authorities are easier to bribe*

Fix'd

itylernallen said,
Why does the government try? Only going to build another site, besides it is not harming anyone. Demonoid was awesome.

I'm sure there are things you'd fight that don't directly harm anyone.

And there are probably things you support that directly harm people.

'Harm' isn't a very strong foundation for any sort of argument, when people react to it so arbitrarily.

itylernallen said,
Why does the government try? Only going to build another site, besides it is not harming anyone. Demonoid was awesome.

From allot of torrent websites I've been too the past years, Demonoid is actually the one with the highest ratio of Freeware, demos and open source torrents.
Add to that, that thanks to demonoid, I've found a few rare games, I wouldn't have ever found withouth.

itylernallen said,
Why does the government try? Only going to build another site, besides it is not harming anyone. Demonoid was awesome.

For the same reason they go after anyone breaking the law... It is illegal and they have a duty to enforce the rule of law.

mrbester said,
What laws have they broken? Oh, wait, they haven't broken any. Got any proof otherwise?

Oh once again a member of neowin destroys the case with his vast knowledge of the laws surrounding it! Well done you. You're a hero!

Wait... Except you know jack sh*t about it and are talking out of your ass.

Frazell Thomas said,

For the same reason they go after anyone breaking the law... It is illegal and they have a duty to enforce the rule of law.

Except for those with lots of oil money. Or banks, laws don't apply to banks. Oh and government officials, CEO's, famous people, foreign dignitaries, themselves.

You know, they can't go after that director that molested those little girls and then booked it to Europe years ago - Roman Polanski. Ring any bells? The sad part is that other 'artists' and the MAFFIA defend his actions and think rape is ok. But they go balls out breaking every imaginable international law and violating other countries sovereignty for online piracy.

But of course, piracy is far worse than molestation of little girls because the MAFFIA says so. They don't care if their own people touch kids in bad places - it's 'art'.