Demonoid Busted As A Gift To The United States Government

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Demonoid Busted As A Gift To The United States Government

The nightmare week for Demonoid has just reached a huge crescendo, with news coming out of Ukraine that following a massive DDoS attack the site has now been busted by local authorities. Those looking for a U.S. connection to the raid won’t be disappointed – a source in the country’s Interior Ministry says that the action was scheduled to coincide with Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky’s trip to the United States.

Last week thousands of Demonoid users feared the worst when their beloved site disappeared from the Internet. Many thought that the site had been busted, but were eventually relieved to hear that it was ‘only’ a massive DDoS attack.

But today the roller-coaster ride plummeted to new depths, with confirmation coming out of Ukraine that the DDoS was just the beginning – the site has been busted by the authorities.

ColoCall is the largest datacenter in Ukraine and a place that has been Demonoid’s home in recent years. But in the middle of last week, in the wake of the DDoS attack, government investigators arrived at ColoCall to shut Demonoid down.

“Investigators have copied all the information from the servers Demonoid and sealed them,” an anonymous ColoCall source confirmed. “Some equipment was not seized, but now it does not work, and we were forced to terminate the agreement with the site.”

As reported on TorrentFreak following our discussions with Demonoid’s admin last week, there were suspicions that the site may have been subjected to some kind of exploit or hack in addition to the DDoS. That version of events is now confirmed by the ColoCall source.

“Shortly after [the DDoS] a hacker break-in occurred, and a few days later came the investigators,” the source added.

But aside from the busting of the site, which is the biggest BitTorrent-related raid in recent memory and one that has taken out the world’s largest torrent site/tracker combo, there is a rather large international sting in the tail.

Despite general opinion that Demonoid did not contravene Ukranian law, especially since it blocked all Ukranian IP addresses to avoid upsetting the locals, the site still attracted the attention of the authorities there. That, according to a source in the country’s government, is all down to the United States getting involved.

A source inside the Interior Ministry has informed Kommersant that the raid on Demonoid was timed to coincide with the very first trip of Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky‘s trip to the United States. On the agenda: copyright infringement.

Ukraine had promised the United States that it would improve its attitude and efforts towards enforcing copyright and no doubt its Western partner will be very pleased indeed that Demonoid’s head has been presented on a platter.

But while Demonoid’s servers are in custody, the site’s admin does not appear to be. The ColoCall source would not say who is behind the site, only that its management is located in Mexico. The devil may yet be back….

TorrentFreak contacted the Demonoid admin for a comment but we have yet to hear back

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Rgeneb15279 • 06 Aug 2012, 17:28
Your link says nothing about KAT
nethzor1182 • 06 Aug 2012, 19:56
Luckily I have only ever used KAT as my go-to site for awesome torrents. Sad though that these kind of busts are happening.
davewillis011057 • 06 Aug 2012, 18:32
hope this one stays for ever as well. i used to belong to demonoid as well. hope to have a long lasting relationship with KAT!

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TimeBandits75.53K • 07 Aug 2012, 12:56 Show comment
Demonoid will be back, it just takes a little time to recover from such a kick in the balls.
Long live Demonoid!biggrin
invister2866 • 07 Aug 2012, 12:42 Show comment
demonoid was the only source to get latest books and mags.
sevenz383 • 07 Aug 2012, 11:23 Show comment
i believe kat ph needs to invest more in hiding their site just typing in gamestorrent the link t here comes up in Google search
luckygrrrl1062 • 07 Aug 2012, 06:44 Show comment
I think KAT is a social network site and should not be subjected to government shut down just because of the torrents shared. I love my friends on KAT!
Gehennakat129 • 07 Aug 2012, 06:32 Show comment
What kills me is NSA was at Defcon hiring hackers. I'm starting to see a connection :/
leonenero4630 • 06 Aug 2012, 23:28 Show comment
sadAwaiting for the Official Announcetitter.
_Ryuk_5328 • 06 Aug 2012, 22:42 Show comment
crycrycryI hope demonoid comes back soon i have alot of memories therecrycrycry
nethzor1182 • 06 Aug 2012, 19:56 Show comment
Luckily I have only ever used KAT as my go-to site for awesome torrents. Sad though that these kind of busts are happening.
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