Popular torrent-tracking website Demonoid was taken down recently in a combined effort by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and Interpol. For those hoping to see the website rise from the ashes, the way other torrent websites have in the past, there is sad news. Three key domains from Demonoid are now up for sale on domain marketplace Sedo. The domains are demonoid.me, demonoid.com and demonoid.ph.
Demonoid was ranked among the top 600 websites in global traffic, and among the top 300 in U.S. traffic. The Ukraine-based torrent-tracking site was taken down earlier this month when local authorities contacted Colocall, Demonoid’s service provider, and forced it to shut down its servers. Demonoid was included in the “Notorious Markets List” of websites, which was created in the United States to keep track of “markets, including those on the Internet, which exemplify the problem of marketplaces dealing in infringing goods and helping sustain global piracy,” according to Cnet.
Demonoid's domains are up for sale
“Demonoid was a leading global player in digital music piracy which acted as unfair competition to the more than 500 licensed digital music services that offer great value music to consumers while respecting the rights of artists, songwriters and record companies,” Jeremy Banks, director of anti-piracy for the IFPI, said in a statement. “The operation to close Demonoid was a great example of international cooperation to tackle a service that was facilitating the illegal distribution of music on a vast scale”.
“International police cooperation is the key to ensuring that the illegal activities of transnational organised criminals are stopped at every opportunity,” said John Newton, head of Interpol’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods Sub-Directorate. “In this instance police forces on different sides of the world worked together with Interpol and the music industry to successfully disrupt the distribution chain for illicit digital music products.”
The global hactivist group Anonymous has promised vengeance on the Ukraine government for taking down Demonoid. A week after the website was taken down, Anonymous released a statement in a blog post on AnonPR, “Last week, our generous green friend, the Demonoid, was met with a state sponsored Distributed Denial of Service attack…These illegal actions were then followed up with a raid by Ukraine authorities.” The hacking group continues, “In retaliation for your criminal acts against us and the free flow of information, we have already begun an operation against those responsible. Lazers are already being fired”.
Anonymous has listed some objectives for what it calls #OpDemonoid:
- Restore Demonoid services by any means necessary and, if possible, facilitate a series of mirror sites operated by free Anons everywhere. In essence, open source Demonoid.
- Retaliate against those responsible for the interruption. And Lulz.
The hacker group goes on to say, “Our work will require time and patience but when we’re successful, and we will be, Demonoid will live again”.