Demonoid returns after nearly two years, popular Bittorrent tracker is back online

Demonoid, the troubled BitTorrent website, which was one of the most popular trackers along with The Pirate Bay has returned to the internet after nearly two years of forced downtime.

When we last heard about Demonoid, the site's domains were up for sale following the shutdown by the Ukrainian government. The physical servers in Ukraine used by the company for a brief period of time were seized by authorities and all the information was copied for investigation purposes. Prior to the shutdown the site was subject to heavy DDoS attacks from hackers and later, malware which added to the website's troubles.

Over its lifetime the website has reportedly moved to various countries and has faced downtime of months at a stretch, for hosting torrents infringing on copyrighted content, but the takedown in 2012 was widely believed to be the final nail in the coffin for Demonoid. However, the website and the tracker have both returned after six months since the news of its comeback first broke on the internet.

The admins over at Demonoid have announced that they have moved to a cloud-based hosting service and have changed the code, possibly to avoid malware injections among other threats. Although, the development team is still working on certain bugs in the website, users can start browsing as well as log in with their existing accounts over at Demonoid.ph.

Source: Demonoid | Jail Bars image via Shutterstock

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Torrenting and pirating are not the same thing.
If I buy a disk version of something and the disk breaks, I have already paid for the software. I can legally redownload it if I had already purchased it.

Although you CAN pirate, and most people do.. they are different things entirely.

LOL OMG my account still works... and yeah I had to try to recall my password but I manage to logged in on the first try... Member since: June 2nd 2007

No, that was a new creation under a new team using the same database before Demonoid originally went down. They are trying to create a new name for themselves, and they simply just borrowed all the old code/data from the backup.

The true Demonoid tracker has been coming online for a few months now but the website was always coming soon. This is the real deal.

greenwizard88 said,
What in the world does that mean? It wasn't cloud based before?

in 2012 it was server based... now it's like out in the cloud man. In. The. Cloud. Dig it? No servers involved. Just fluffy clouds...

Who doesn't like clouds?

Pass the Cheetos.

greenwizard88 said,

What in the world does that mean? It wasn't cloud based before?

I'm confused on this as well, it was already running on web servers. So what, they migrated all the data to a third party for hosting? That would seem dumb. Can someone please clarify?

DerAusgewanderte said,
it's the NSA trying to get busy again...hehe

When you think about, it's not beyond the realm of possibility.

you must have been very optimistic that they would return one day to keep all your directory structures exactly the same for 6+ months, nice work :)

Okay first of all, just because someone uses a torrent doesn't make it entire illegal. Have you not seen the app Bittorrent's content? It features a community of a thousand people who torrent their media to get out into the open.

Thanks to Neowin, I found out about Popcorn Time and since we don't have any other legal service here like Netflix, it'll do for the time being.

Mr.XXIV said,
Okay first of all, just because someone uses a torrent doesn't make it entire illegal. Have you not seen the app Bittorrent's content? It features a community of a thousand people who torrent their media to get out into the open.

When you look at most trackers, the content is hardly leaning towards the 'legitimate' side. I'm not being a hypocrite here, trust me, just questioning the article and how it relates to Neowin as a whole.

So if I drive sober 1% of the time, it makes the other 99% fine and dandy? Get real. It's by and large a place to find pirated material. Claiming anything else insults our intelligence. For the record, I've used the site many times myself.

I would like to point out that bittorrent has a very legitimized use, and that is delegating the cost of distributing large files across hundreds and thousands of people.

This is why it is the preferred mechanism for distributing free music, movies, games, and software. You can get your content out there without having to pay for hosting costs that come along with it.

It however is a double edged sword, but not more so in principle than VHS and Tape recording back in the day. You could use VHS to record movies, and cassettes to record music. You could then copy and share it amongst others. And we all know that this kind of behavior was rampant at the time. But does that mean that we are not allowed to talk about VHS and cassettes?

The torrent is just a perfection of personal copying and shearing technology, and sites like demonoid are where you go to brows the catalog of what people are shearing.

I would also like to point out that demonoid does have a DMCA policy, in the same way that mega did. But it seams that content owners just want to get the tax payer to pay for expensive raids, legal resources and time on these sites, rather then footing the bill them selves on looking for and reporting the content properly.