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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