Demonoid shut down by Ukrainian government

After suffering prolonged downtime from a massive DDoS attack last week, Demonoid has now been shut down in a raid by Ukrainian authorities, reports TorrentFreak. Demonoid is a large semi-private BitTorrent index and tracker.

ColoCall, the largest datacenter in Ukraine and the physical home of Demonoid for the past few years, was visited by government investigators last week, in the wake of the DDoS attack that took Demonoid down for several days. The DDoS was followed by pages on Demonoid redirecting to malware and spam sites for a short time.

TorrentFreak provided translated quotes from an anonymous ColoCall source, who said, "Investigators have copied all the information from the servers Demonoid [sic] and sealed them. Some equipment was not seized, but now it does not work, and we were forced to terminate the agreement with the site."

ColoCall's anonymous source confirmed that a hacker did break in to Demonoid following the DDoS attack, explaining the malware and spam redirects.

TorrentFreak conjectures that the shutdown by the Ukrainian government was a gift of sorts to the United States, as the raid's timing coincides with First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Valery Khoroshkovsky's first visit to the U.S., according to a source inside the Interior Ministry. Copyright infringement is allegedly a topic on the agenda for the visit.

However, while Demonoid's servers are in custody, the site's administrators are apparently not. The anonymous ColoCall source did not reveal who is behind the site, but did say that Demonoid's management is located in Mexico.

Source: TorrentFreak

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I want some evidence before jumping to conclusions.
just because an anonymous source says something doesn't mean anything..

lets not forget the demonoid owner has been playing games and changing his story around more and more as time has past since it got shut down. And not surprisingly people are coming out of the woodwork fast now making all kinds of claims !

This is a tornado of rumors and a soapbox for for people to stand on
and react to the next rumor. Like a knee jerk reaction..
Am i being dumb here or should we take things from ANON's with a grain of salt
until some real proof has surfaced.

Sorry but i read this at Torrentfreak first.
Then i came here and read the same article copied and pasted here.
3rd you just copied a link that has the same exact data copied and pasted over there.
I know i know welcome to the internet lol

Im not saying its false but the story has been evolving
and I don't trust the owner of the site he has brought the site down
on his own about 14 times before and either he says nothing and leaves
everyone in the dark or he makes an announcement and it kinda changes along the way..

Pigs fly.
I said it so it must be true right ?
Or would it give me more credibility if I leaked that info Anonymously to Neowin ?

Let's face it, you take one site down, 5 more spring up in its place.

I used to use Demonoid a lot. Over the weekend when I was looking for a...Linux Distro, I remembered that Demonoid was down and was frustrated. I then proceeded to do a search for other torrent indexes, and I realised that ISO Hunt is still going. I haven't used that place in years, but it did the trick nicely.

What a damn shame probably my most visited website other than here and facebook, time to try find someone with an invite to a private tracker I guess

One of my most used sites, and yer like someone else said Kickarse was my backup, though I use it more and more these days.. Now its the only good one left lol

Meh I used Demonoid when I couldn't find a certain Linux version anywhere else, it was a decent site tbh I never had a problem in the years and years I had an account.

Back to rapid share for me!

Philip James Fry said,
And nothing out of value lost...

True that, all the actual servers that were taken in the raid were pirated and downloaded into the data center anyway. I bet the demonoid management even downloaded cars!

Matthew_Thepc said,

and as for the 'use a private tracker' stuff - if you want to invite me, be my guest

ditto for me too.... I seed like a boss!

aww damnit! I hope they get back up and going, they were great for certain things I couldn't find else where and I've got some self made (legal) torrents that I was seeding.

So shutting down a site providing illegal access to US corporation's intellectual property is now a gift to the US government? If this isn't proof that government is in the pockets of the big media companies, then I don't know what is.

well kick ass torrents is still up

And for private trackers, you need to know someone who is in to invite you in and it doesn't guarantee you will find that stuff you are looking for either.

BTW, seed to 200% like bros

ArialBlue said,
well kick ass torrents is still up

And for private trackers, you need to know someone who is in to invite you in and it doesn't guarantee you will find that stuff you are looking for either.

BTW, seed to 200% like bros


SSSSSSSSSSSSSSH. . .

the420kid said,
mexico eh? i wonder who could be behind this in mexico

Seriously I thought the drug lords were just drugs, didnt even think they had already stepped forward into making money through piracy too. Damn, that's scary, no wonder why things are getting so heated in Mexico, hopefully the population can get rid of EPN and all those drug lords.

Lucas said,

Seriously I thought the drug lords were just drugs, didnt even think they had already stepped forward into making money through piracy too. Damn, that's scary, no wonder why things are getting so heated in Mexico, hopefully the population can get rid of EPN and all those drug lords.

Russian Mafia is attempting to move into Mexico and bring an increase to what the Cartels are already into.

Just means it'll return in time... all this wasted effort by these agencies and governments. You'd think they could find something actually useful to do with all the resources they have access to. Bleh... this planet sucks more by the second.

br0adband said,
Just means it'll return in time... all this wasted effort by these agencies and governments. You'd think they could find something actually useful to do with all the resources they have access to. Bleh... this planet sucks more by the second.

You do know that they are looking for volunteers to go to Mars. . .