It looks like The Pirate Bay was just the beginning. Demonoid torrent site was shut down by authorities in Ukraine at the request of Interpol. The Demonoid shut down comes almost one year after one operator was slammed with criminal charges in Mexico.
Not necessarily as big as The Pirate Bay, but just as easily accessed, Demonoid was until recently one of the largest file-sharing sites. Authorities in Ukraine shut down the Demonoid torrent site after they raided the data centre hosting the servers. According to a U.S. document, Demonoid “recently ranked among the top 600 websites in global traffic and the top 300 in US traffic”.
BBC News writes the first attempt to block access to Demonoid was noticed July 26th. That day users trying to access the Demonoid torrent site received a “server busy” message. Then Torrentfreak reported the Ukrainian Division of Economic Crimes received a request from Interpol to shut down the service. Demonoid’s hosting provider based in Ukraine allowed investigators access to data on servers and then agreed to shut down the website.
Ukrainian officials have confirmed that one of Demonoid’s operators has been slammed with criminal charges in Mexico. Sergei Burlakov, spokesperson for the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Ukraine said: “In Mexico a criminal case against the owners of Demonoid has been initiated and the tracker is charged with intellectual property rights violations”.
But much like The Pirate Bay, chances are Demonoid won’t stay closed for too long. Torrentfreak editor Ernesto Van Der Sar told BBC News: “Demonoid is known for its links to relatively rare content which may be harder to come by now”.
“However, it’s not going to stop the majority of people from sharing files as the most popular items are available through hundreds of other BitTorrent sites” the editor added.
The recent shut down of the Demonoid torrent site is part of a huge operation, spanning through continents. Just like Megaupload and The Pirate Bay, Demonoid was also in “The Notorious Markets List” which follows services that are suspicious of possible illegal activity. As the U.S. document reads, the list holds services that “merit further investigation for possible intellectual property rights infringements”.