Jan 1, 2017

ExtraTorrent under major DDoS attack

ExtraTorrent has been under massive DDoS attack for the last few days. It's still going on apparently. For the last few days users may have noticed their RSS feeds are no longer working because if it. Also if you try to browse to their site now, you are greeted with the following CloudFlare DDoS protection screen:

I've also noticed that periodically you will also see a 503 Service Unavailable error, or you will get an error page from CloudFlare saying they can't connect to the backend web servers.

This has obviously been happening since at least around Christmas time. TorrentFreak reported the following on December 27th:

The popular torrent site ExtraTorrent has suffered several major DDoS attacks over the past few days. The problems appear to be related to the site's recent ban of 'unofficial' proxy services. Meanwhile, The Pirate Bay is also down, but for now it's unclear what's causing the issues on their end. 
ExtraTorrent, one of the largest torrent sites on the Internet, just experienced one of the most turbulent weekends in its ten year history. 
While many people were celebrating Christmas, the site’s operators were busy keeping the site online, after it was pounded by DDoS attacks. 
“Extratorrent faced tons of cyberattacks over the last three days. Most of them were DDOS attacks. Cloudflare can’t help us because we get 40 to 50 million requests from the U.S. every hour!” ExtraTorrent’s SAM informed us. 
To counter the attacks the site temporarily limited several functions to save resources. The login functionality for users is disabled, for example, so there are no fresh torrents. In addition, the site’s operators have removed the added protection against unofficial mirror and proxy sites.

In the meantime, you can use alternative sites like LimeTorrents or Yify to get your movies and TV shows although none of them support RSS feeds. Hopefully ExtraTorrent can get this straightened out soon.

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