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."