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I got an email from a friend of mine today pointing to a Gizmodo article, which in turn pointed to a Torrent Freak article giving us an update on the Demonoid fiasco. If you remember, last week I posted about how Demonoid had been down all last week, and it was caused in large part by a massive DDoS attack.
I was updated in the comments of that post that the admins of Demonoid pointed the demonoid.me domain to a different server to avoid high costs caused by the DDoS attack. Well, things have gone from bad to worse for Demonoid. Now their servers have been seized by Ukraine officials.
Via Torrent Freak:
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.
Great, so the US has gotten involved in another anti-piracy case outside of our borders. If you remember a similar event happened to Mega Upload a few months ago. It's not certain if the DDoS attack, and later break in by a hacker was the work of the Ukraine government.
The article goes on to say:
“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.
ColoCall is the data center that has housed Demonoid for the last few years, and is one of the Ukraine's largest data centers.
The good news is that although the servers have been seized, the admin of Demonoid has not. Hopefully they can pull a PirateBay stunt, and open up shop in a different country.