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Torrent Site Demonoid Raided And Shut Down By Authorities

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    Torrent site Demonoid raided and shut down by authorities (click for full article)

    "For those of you not familiar with the movers and shakers in the realm of bittorrent, Demonoid is one of the largest trackers online. It connects users to many terabytes of data, much of which is copyrighted. US authorities have been trying to eradicate Demonoid for a long time, and now it looks like it's worked - Demonoid has been busted by the copyright cops.


    The difficulty has always been that Demonoid was hosted internationally; most recently in the ColoCall data center in Ukraine. In recent days, Demonoid has been experiencing a crippling DDoS attack, and hacker intrusion. It now appears that was all just the prelude to the raid that has taken the site down.


    Timed to coincide with Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky's trip to the United States, Ukrainian authorities entered ColoCall and took control of the Demonoid servers. All the data was copied from the drives, and most of the hardware was seized by investigators.


    The Demonoid administrators, as far as we know, are not Ukranian. The site was hosted there specifically because it was believed that Ukrainian law did not forbid the kind of linking that torrent trackers do. Demonoid even went so far as to block all Ukrainian IP addresses so as not to give the locals any reason to be up in arms.


    Still, political forces being what they are, this was inevitable considering the scope of Demonoid. On the agenda for Khoroshkovsky's Washington trip is the subject of copyright infringement. The Demonoid admin team is thought to live in Mexico, so perhaps if a backup exists the site could still rise again."
     
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    Daily Cuppa: Anonymous attacks Ukraine, Indian datacentre on fire | ZDNet (click for full article)

    From the article:

    "Anonymous has performed a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on the Ukrainian Government as revenge for taking down torrent site Demonoid.

    Earlier this week, Demonoid was revealed to have been busted by Ukrainian authorities. Anonymous issued a public warning prior to the attack."
     
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    It seems that the world is joining hands in stopping all the torrent sites and file sharing sites. In January Megaupload banned and shutdown in US. They have also banned a popular torrent site The Pirate Bay. It has been banned in some other countries also. Now the shutdown of Demonoid proves that there are still more to come. But i think that anonymous hackers are not going to keep quiet and will come up with something.
     
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    Google's search engine is new antipiracy weapon | Internet & Media - CNET News (click for full article)

    Sites that generate too many copyright takedown notices will be moved lower in Google's search rankings.


    by Greg Sandoval August 10, 2012 11:24 AM PDT


    "Google search will be less welcoming to sites accused of piracy by copyright owners.


    On the company's blog, Google outlined a new measure designed at penalizing sites that generate too many complaints from copyright owners.


    "We will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site," Google said in the blog post. " Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results."


    This appears to be among the most significant antipiracy measure Google has ever adopted. The company's powerful search engine is how most people on the planet conduct Internet searches. For the past two years, Google has made more and more concessions to copyright owners, who have long demanded that Google take steps to prevent its search engine from aiding copyright infringement.


    One of their biggest requests was for accused pirate sites to be blocked from showing up in search results. Copyright owners didn't get that but they got something approaching that. What can't be forgotten is that there are all kinds of sites that index and help steer people to sites that share unauthorized film and music files.


    In the blog post, Google suggested that the intent of the change is not for the company to become a copyright cop but to help weed out illegitimate sources of music, movies and other digital media.


    "This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily--whether it's a song previewed on NPR's music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify."
     
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